The Tragically Hip, Rush, the Guess Who and Beau Dommage are featured on stamps issued Friday by Canada Post.

The stamps are part of a series featuring Canadian artists, but for the first time spotlight bands rather than individual artists.

"These names have enormous history and, along with their all-time classics, are still very influential in the rock scene," said designer Louis Gagnon. "It was very rewarding to design their stamps."

Each band's members helped Gagnon design their commemorative stamps.

"The main challenge was trying to catch the mood of each band, while keeping a respectful look and feel," said the designer, who wanted to give the stamps a timeless feel.

The final designs show group shots of Beau Dommage and The Tragically Hip. The Guess Who opted to feature their logo and Rush chose the cover of their album 2112.