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Peterson to be honored on postage stamp

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An unprecedented decision has been taken by Canada Post to feature a living individual on a stamp other than the Queen or member of the Royal family.

Canadian jazz icon Oscar Peterson will feature when he celebrates his 80th birthday on 15th August.

"Most Canadians don't remember dead politicians of 200 years ago and are not interested in them. They would be interested in seeing people who have some relationship to their knowledge base", said Charles Verge, president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Born in Montreal in 1925, Oscar Peterson was one of the most admired and controversial jazz pianists of the post war period. He has since gone on to appear on over 200 albums and despite suffering a stroke in 1993, continues to tour the world.

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