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2013 Canada Post New Issues Calendar

This is the 2013 new issues program as announced by Canada Post. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of additional stamps scheduled for 2013. To purchase current Canada Post issues, click here for the Canada Post website.

Canadian Year of the Snake Stamp, 2013

Year of the Snake [Click to see 3 designs]
— January 8, 2013   |  Toronto ON  

On January 8 Canada Post marked the Year of the Snake with an assortment of stamps and other philatelic souvenirs. The Year of the Snake runs from February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014.

Canada Post’s description of people born in the Year of the Snake isn’t totally flattering: “…in the Asian countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Snake is viewed as the wisest and most enigmatic of all the zodiac creatures. In fact, it’s such a strong sign of intelligence and luck that an ancient Chinese saying notes that finding a snake in one’s home is great fortune and ensures . . .

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Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Stamp, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II
— January 14, 2013   |  Ottawa ON 

Continuing what has become an annual tradition, on January 14 to meet its various postage rates Canada Post issued a total of ten new definitive stamps in a variety of formats.

As is customary, one of the new stamps features Queen Elizabeth II. The stamp design focuses on her role as Queen of Canada and incorporates a close-cropped
photograph taken during the 2010 Royal Tour set against a subtle maple leaf background in outline form in gold against a black background. “We chose the subtle gold . . .

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Canadian Pride Stamp 2013 - A spinnhaker fills with a summer breeze representing the Candian sails and flags that fill Canadian waterways.

Canadian Pride, Spinnaker [Click to see 5 designs]
— January 14, 2013   |  Winnipeg MB

. . . “Canadian Pride” is the title for a set of five stamps with a tourism theme—also a tradition for Canadian definitives. As explained by Canada Post, “It’s no small secret that travelingCanadians sew the iconic maple leaf on backpacks and luggage. But our desire to show our pride begins at home where Canadians from across the country display our colors in ways limited only by imagination. In this year’s set of five Permanent™ domestic-rate definitives, our flag proudly adorns the everyday activities of Canadians.” . . .

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Canadian Baby Fawn Stamp, 2013

Baby Wildlife, Fawn [Click to see 4 designs]
— January 14, 2013   |  Ancaster ON 

. . . Riding the wave of popularity that greeted a previous Baby Animals issue, once again Canada Post offers four new definitives depicting young animals indigenous to Canada. Created by designers Monique Dufour and Sophie Lafortune, these stamps are in the same visual style as the past two editions of this series, with the image of the animal set against a mainly white background, with a hint of their natural habitat revealed. The four animals, all native to Canada’s forests and fields, are: . . .

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Canadian Raoul Wallenberg Stamp, 2013

Raoul Wallenberg
— January 17, 2013   |   Ottawa ON  

On January 17 Canada Post commemorated Swedish-born Raoul Wallenberg, who, in 1985, was designated Canada’s first honorary citizen.

During the Second World War, in Budapest, Hungary, Wallenberg saved the lives of more than 100,000 Jews, before disappearing into Soviet custody in 1945 at the age of 32.

In recognition of his efforts, the Canadian government made the Swedish-born Wallenberg Canada's first honorary citizen in 1985, and designated January 17, the day of his disappearance, as Raoul Wallenberg Day. . . .

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Candian Oliver Jones Stamp, 2013

Black History Month—Oliver Jones
— February 1, 2013   |   Montréal QC  

Born in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood in 1934, to Barbadian parents, Oliver Jones put on his first show at the age of five. By age eight, he was taking formal music lessons from no less than Daisy Peterson, sister of famed pianist Oscar Peterson.

In his early twenties, Jones formed the Oliver Jones Quartet, and in 1983 he released his first jazz album, “The Oliver Jones Trio.”

His accomplishments, music and otherwise earned Jones a swath of honors over the years including the . . .

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Joe Fortes Stamp 2013, Canda Post

Black History Month—Joe Fortes
— February 1, 2013   |  Vancouver BC 

“Joe” Fortes, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, moved to Vancouver in 1885. He soon fell in love with English Bay and its beach and eventually took up residence there by living in a tent. He spent any available time guarding the beach and helping thousands of children in the area learn to swim.

While the numbers cannot be confirmed, it is believed that Fortes saved in excess
of 100 lives, including many children, during his time patrolling the waters of
English Bay.

While there, he taught both adults and children to swim and appointed himself voluntary patrolman, chaperoning couples and chasing away hooligans. In 1894, the city formalized Fortes . . .

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Canadian Zodia Stamp 2013, Sagittarius

Zodiac Series [Click to see 4 designs]
— February 20, 2013   |  Bowsman, MB; Buckhorn, ON; Water Valley, AB;
Iqaluit, NU

On February 20 Canada Post issued its 2013 Signs of the Zodiac set, the final installment in a three-year series that began with Aries in the Spring of 2011.

The stamps, each printed in the vivid colors traditionally associated with their respective sky sign, feature a layering of astrological symbolism and a stylized representation of each constellation.

According to Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, astrology borrows from myths to explain personality quirks. It made the night sky much less foreboding to our ancient relatives and provided an early means of noting the passing of time and the seasons. It was a way of bringing order to the chaos of the natural and astronomical world. . . .

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Canadian Magnolia Stamps, pink, 2013

Magnolia Stamps [Click to see 2 designs]
— March 4, 2013   |  Bloomfield, ON

The Magnolias stamps were issued on March 4 in se-tenant booklets of 10 and coils of 50 and a souvenir sheet with one of each stamp.

Magnolias have an aura of romance about them. While they conjure up visions of the U.S. South, complete with mint juleps and hoop-skirted belles, magnolias, originating in East and Southeast Asia, have adapted to climates in North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America. . . .

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Canada Post Canadian Photography on Stamps, Hot Properties Stamp, 2013

Canadian Photography (see link below for slideshow of 7 stamps)
— March 22, 2013   |  Ottawa, ON

On March 22, Canada Post issued a set if Canadian Photography stamps, which will take the place of the annual Art Canada issue, and will look at the last century and a half of photography by Canadian photographers.

Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, stated "I see this series as a continuation of Art Canada—these are masters of the art of photography— but we’ve changed and freshened up the design and the format to better suit the medium.". . . .

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Canada Adopt A Pet Cat Stamp

Adopt A Pet , [Click to see souvenir sheet]
— April 22, 2013   |  Ottawa, ON

On April 22 Canada Post released a new five-stamp issue promoting pet adoption from local shelters. Developed in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), the series calls attention to the plight of homeless pets in Canada. In 2010 in Canada, close to 150,000 homeless pets were admitted to shelters. While many were either returned to their owners or placed in new homes, too many remain homeless.

The stamps feature two dogs, two cats and a colorful parrot. They showcase real shelter animals, with their. . . .

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Gates of Chinatown, [Click to see souvenir sheet]
— May 1, 2013   |  Victoria, BC

On May 1, Canada Post issued a booklet of eight “Gates of Chinatown” stamps, also offered in a souvenir sheet (shown) and an uncut press sheet of five souvenir sheets. Wooden or stone gates, known as paifang in Mandarin, were originally used to separate subdivisions in Chinese cities. Eventually, these gates lost that role, but their doors remained as monuments. These gates are often the most. . . .

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Canadian Motorcycles Stamp

Canadian Motorcycles, [Click to see souvenir sheet]
— June 5, 2013   |  Port Dover, ON

On June 5 Canada Post released the first two Permanent [non-denominated] First Class domestic rate stamps in a set dedicated to Canadian motorcycle manufacturing and design. The two stamps travel back to the turn of the century, when out of the desire to merge the flexibility of bicycles with the speed of cars the first motorcycles were created. The stamps showcase two early models, the CCM 1908 Lightweight Motor Cycle and the 1914 Indian.

They are the first in a series dedicated . . .

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Children's Literature: Stella Stamp, Canada

Children's Literature: Stella [Click to see enlarged image]
— July 5, 2013   |  Montréal, QC

On July 5, Stella, one of Canada’s most popular children’s characters, went on a new adventure, as Canada Post celebrated children’s literature with two new stamps that are taking Stella across Canada.

A creation of award-winning author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Stella is featured in many books and a television series based on those stories. The TV program currently airs on Disney Junior Canada. Together with her. . .

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Canadian Recording Artists: The Tragically Hip, Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who [Click to see 4 designs on Souvenir Sheet]
— July 19, 2013   |  The Tragically Hip: Kingston, ON; Rush: Toronto, ON;
Beau Dommage: Montreal, QC; The Guess Who: Winnipeg, MB

On July 19 Canada Post issued a set of stamps honoring four Canadian recording artists. In the latest addition to this ongoing series, the 2013 set features bands—The Tragically Hip, Rush, The Guess Who and Beau Dommage—instead of individual performers.

Five friends from Kingston, Ontario – Gordon Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay – founded The Tragically Hip in 1984. The band’s name, chosen quickly before the first gig, was inspired by Elephant Parts, a short video by former Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

The band has released 12 studio albums, two live albums, one extended play (EP) and 54 singles, and sold . . .

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Other Stamps issued by

Canada Post for 2013

Other Stamps issued by Canada Post for 2013

• Princess of Wales Own Regiment, 150 th anniversary

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, 100 th anniversary

• Queen Elizabeth II, 60 th anniversary of her Coronation

• 250th anniversary of formalized postal service

• The War of 1812, Laura Secord and Charles deSalaberry

• Robertson Davies (1913-1995)

• Canada Post Community Foundation

• Christmas: Madonna and Child

• Christmas, Cross Stitch