“Canada’s First Lady of Jazz,” Eleanor Collins, gets her own commemorative stamp.
The Canadian Post says the 102-year-old music legend will be celebrated at a virtual event on Friday that will unveil the brand and pay tribute to Collins ’life and career“ as an artist, musician and teacher ”.
Collins will attend along with special guests who have influenced and worked with her, including Nalda Kalender of the National Congress of Black Women, director Sylvia Hamilton and musicians Sharman King, Marcus Mosley and Wendy Nightingale.
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Born in Edmonton, Collins began appearing on TV and radio shows across the country in the 1930s and worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Oscar Peterson.
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In 1954, she joined the CBC channel Bambula: A Day in the West Indies and became part of the first interracial cast on Canadian television. A year later, she starred in The Eleanor Show, making her the first woman and the first black artist to head her own national series.
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On her 95th birthday in 2014, Collins was awarded the Order of Canada for being a “civic leader and pioneer in the development of the British Columbia music industry”.
The personal event was originally planned, but has been moved online due to the latest COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.
Collins currently resides in Surrey, British Columbia
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