Bruce Cockburn honoured on postal stamp

Bruce Cockburn gets stamped
Bruce Cockburn at the National Art Centre in Ottawa with his stamp image. (CNW Group/Canada Post Corporation)

5 May 2011 – Bruce Cockburn poses with his forthcoming stamp, which will be issued June 30. (Canada Post)

Canadians might find Bruce Cockburn in their mailbox this summer, following Canada Post’s announcement of a new stamp featuring the celebrated singer-songwriter.

Canada Post said Thursday that a stamp honouring Cockburn will be issued on June 30 as part of the third installment of its Canadian Recording Artists series.

Bruce Cockburn gets stamped - May 11, 2011
Bruce Cockburn gets stamped – May 11, 2011

His stamp will join the previously announced stamps of Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno.

The series will be issued June 30.

“This is very exciting,” the Ottawa-born Cockburn said in a statement.

The stamp’s design — a black and white image of him against a red background featuring titles of his hit songs — is “beautiful,” he added.

Over the years, the folk-rock singer and activist has won multiple awards for his music, which includes hits such as The Coldest Night of the Year and If I Had a Rocket Launcher. His original songs have inspired covers by a wide range of artists — from Jimmy Buffett to the Barenaked Ladies.

Bruce Cockburn gets stamped - photo True North Records
Bruce Cockburn gets stamped – photo True North Records

He released his 31st album, Small Source of Comfort, in March and is currently touring the U.S. Cockburn, who is also an officer of the Order of Canada and member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, is slated to publish his memoir in April 2012.

Credit: CBC News, via Bernie Finkelstein.


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Bruce Cockburn - through the years - 1st photo: 1969 Riverboat - York University; 2nd photo: 1975 Winnipeg Folk Festival - David Landy Collection, Archives of Manitoba; 3rd photo: william whear; 4th photo: 2011 Kate Wolf Music Festival - Kim Sallaway Photography


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Bruce Cockburn: Kicking at the Darkness

For 40 years, this Canadian musical legend has been capturing in song the essence of human experience – while fiercely striving to make it better.

by Nicholas Jennings

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”

Bruce Cockburn - 2015  -  photo Daniel Keebler

That scratching and pulling has earned Cockburn high praise as an exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist. His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth.

Throughout his career, Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song. Whether singing about retreating to the country or going up against chaos, tackling imperialist lies or embracing ecclesiastical truths, he has always expressed a tough yet hopeful stance: to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. “We can’t settle for things as they are,” he once warned. “If you don’t tackle the problems, they’re going to get worse.”

For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 12 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. But he never rests on his laurels. “I’d rather think about what I’m going to do next,” says Cockburn. “My models for graceful aging are guys like John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, who never stop working till they drop, as I fully expect to be doing, and just getting better as musicians and as human beings.”

His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn both an exemplary citizen and a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for many years to come.

Music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings is the author of the national best-seller Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound.



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JUNO Award Statue

AT A GLANCE: Includes listings of Bruce’s career highlights
List of Awards and Presentations
Discography/Sales Highlights
Performance/Touring Highlights
Humanitarian/Activism Highlights
Special Film – Television and Radio Credits – Highlights
Civic Awards and Cultural Honours

Order of Canada award

AWARDS: Photos and details for some of the Civic Awards and Cultural Honours that Bruce has received.

Bruce Cockburn 2015 - photo Daniel Keebler

BIOGRAPHY: Photos and biography.

Bruce Cockburn - Rumours of Glory - a memoir

RUMOURS OF GLORY – a memoir : The long awaited 526 page chronicle of faith, fear, and activism, and a lively cultural, political, and musical tour through the past five decades.

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GUITARS: Photos of many of Bruce’s guitars.

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Press Kits – Use download links below

Bruce Cockburn Press Kit – 2009

Bruce Cockburn Canada Press Kit – 2013

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