Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers is commemorated on new postage stamp

By the time he died tragically in a plane fire in 1983 at the age of 33, Stan Rogers had already established a strong reputation which has only grown stronger over the past many years.  Seven of his albums were released posthumously and his legacy has been kept alive, especially strongly, in Nova Scotia where he had deep family roots.

Stan Rogers was one of Canada’s greatest and most beloved singer-songwriters. Celebrate the life and music of this legendary folk artist with this booklet of 10 PermanentTM domestic rate stamps.
Stan Rogers postage stamp.

The stamp features an illustration by Peter Strain. The foreground is based on a photograph by Paul Coates that was taken at the Calgary Folk Festival in the early 1980s. The background is based on a photograph by Darren Calabrese of Fogarty’s Cove, the Nova Scotia namesake of Rogers’ first album. The hand-lettered wording at the top of the stamp was inspired by the cover of Rogers’ album Between the Breaks…Live!

Stanley Allison Rogers was born on November 29, 1949, in Hamilton, Ontario. He taught himself to play the guitar at the age of five and began performing in coffee houses at the age of 14. Rogers was known for his finely crafted songs and lively, engaging performances that helped popularize Celtic-style music. His rich baritone voice and 6’4” frame added to his magnetic stage presence.

Rogers spent many summers in the seaside community of Canso, Nova Scotia, where his mother grew up. This inspired and informed his love of maritime life and music. The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (aka Stanfest) was established in Canso in 1997 to honour and celebrate the man and his music. Rogers released four albums over the course of his career – the last of which included the critically acclaimed title track “Northwest Passage”, which many consider Canada’s second national anthem. Another seven albums have been released since his life was cut tragically short in an airplane fire in 1983 at the age of 33.

Although it has been nearly 40 years since his passing, his music lives on in the hearts and minds of Canadians and continues to inspire new generations of fans and musicians from around the world.


Family is like music. Some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.

Origin Road has a personal connection to Stan Rogers – he’s my cousin on my mom’s side. Stan’s mother and my granddad, were sister and brother, two of twelve Bushell siblings. During family get-togethers in Canso, Nova Scotia, Stan’s uncles would play guitar and sing, so Stan and his younger brother, Garnet, were surrounded by music from a young age. When Stan was five years old, one of his uncles, Lee Bushell, gave Stan his first guitar, which he’d built out of birch plywood from a large Ceylon tea box.

I was a baby, so I don’t remember meeting Stan, but my mom tells me he’d play for us when he stopped at our house in Kingston, ON on his way to Nova Scotia from Hamilton, ON.

Music has always played a huge part in the lives of my extended family. Stan Rogers was just one of the many incredibly gifted, skilled, hard working, and well-respected musicians in the family. There’s also his brother, Garnet Rogers, and his son, Nathan Rogers. And that’s just one little branch of the family tree. There are many more branches that we can talk about another time 😉

Stan and Uncle Lee. From the Stan Rogers website

Stan Rogers and Garnet Rogers at Calgary Folk FestI’ve always been in awe, and a little jealous, of my “Nova Scotia” cousins, as I’m not nearly as talented a musician as they all are (and I’m a little lazy so I didn’t practice as much as I should have). But I love music just as much as they do, so it’s no surprise that with the encouragement and support of my brother, Greg, I now own a music business.

Since before my children were born, I was playing music for them and hoping they’d get as much joy from it as the rest of our family does. And I’d hoped that Origin Road would be a place where they would feel inspired and connected. I’m happy to say that they both love music, play multiple instruments, write songs, and they even invite me, and my mom, their grandma, to make music with them…once in a while. My son is even learning how to build guitars under the direction of his uncle, and co-owner of Origin Road, Darryl – carrying on the family tradition.