Carole Pope is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, from the band Rough Trade. Her provocative blend of hard-edged New Wave rock with explicit homoerotic and BDSM-themed lyrics made her one of the first openly lesbian famous entertainers in the world.
She won the Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist in 1981, and subsequently won the Juno Award for Best Female Vocalist in 1982 and 1983. She and Staples co-wrote the 1983 single Transformation, recorded by Nona Hendryx. Pope also appeared as a guest vocalist on the Payola$ single Never Said I Loved You which was a top ten hit in 1983. She teamed up in 2000 with the Payola$ founder, Paul Hyde, to sing the duet My Brilliant Career on his album Living Off the Radar.
During the 1980s Rough Trade won a Genie Award, and earned four gold and two platinum records.