Canada Post honours Salome Bey with commemorative stamp

Canada Post has unveiled a new stamp that celebrates the life and work of Salome Bey, known as Canada’s First Lady of the Blues.

Bey, a singer-songwriter, composer, producer, director and actor, was a Grammy nominee, a Dora Award winner and an honorary member of the Order of Canada.

Canada Post revealed the new stamp at an unveiling ceremony at Meridian Hall on Thursday, which was attended by Bey’s two daughters, SATE and TuKu.

Designed by Paprika, the stamp features an illustration by David Belliveau based on a photo by Doug Griffin.


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Born in Newark, N.J., before settling in Toronto in the 1960s, Bey established herself as a gifted musician whose singing captured audiences in nightclubs, TV and radio. She also distinguished herself as a multi-talented actress, playwright and director of musicals who opened doors for other Black artists in Canadian theatre.

Bey was an outspoken advocate of gender equality and a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

Bey died on Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. She was 86.

The new stamp booklets are available Friday, April 22, at canadapost.ca and postal outlets across Canada.