October 4, 2023

Canada’s Rock of Fame Celebration

Photo credit: Barry Roden

Oct 02, 2023

Canada’s Rock of Fame celebration, alongside official partners Anthem Entertainment and Live Nation, was held at Toronto’s majestic Massey Hall on September 28th and, by all accounts, was an epic night of great musical performances, tributes and stories that ushered in a new chapter in how Canada honours its musical legacy. Thirteen of Canada’s best-loved rock bands and artists of the 1970s and ‘80s were inducted into Canada’s esteemed Walk of Fame as part of the organization’s 25th-anniversary celebrations.

Members past and present of April Wine, Chilliwack, Glass Tiger, Lee Aaron, Lighthouse, Loverboy, Max Webster, Michel Pagliaro, The Parachute Club, Platinum Blonde, Prism, Trooper and Rough Trade were honoured for their contributions to Canada’s musical heritage and their national and global success in an event that exceeded all expectations. It was such a hot ticket that it sold out within minutes of being put on sale months in advance.

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August 8, 2023

Carole Pope and Rough Trade – Rock the River 2023 – Saskatoon, SK


Carole Pope and Rough Trade
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Rock 102 Rock the River
Delta Bessborough Gardens
601 Spadina Crescent E
Saskatoon, SK

Gates at 2:30pm
3:30 PM – Carole Pope & Rough Trade
5:00 PM – Men Without Hats
6:40 PM – A Flock of Seagulls
8:30 PM – Gowan

July 25, 2023

Rough Trade – Canada’s Walk of Fame 2023 Inductees

Rough Trade – A trailblazing, politically charged, punk-inspired New Wave rock band (Arts & Entertainment)

Rough Trade was formed in Toronto in 1974 by multi-instrumentalist Kevan Staples and vocalist Carole Pope. Notorious for the openly sexual nature of their songs and the burlesque theatricality of their live performances — which often included bondage and sexual satire — the band was one of the first mainstream musical acts to include explicitly gay and lesbian references. Four-time JUNO Award winners Rough Trade are best known for the risqué, controversial hit single High School Confidential, which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020. Rough Trade The Musical, written by Pope and Kate Rigg and starring Chilina Kennedy, is being workshopped in New York. A documentary on Carole’s life based on her autobiography Anti Diva is in development with the CBC, produced by Michelle Mama and Gay Agenda.

In partnership with Anthem Entertainment Group and Live Nation, Rough Trade will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame alongside 12 other Canadian music legends at Canada’s Rock of Fame on Sept 28 at Massey Hall in Toronto!

Canada’s Walk of Fame

July 14, 2023

CANADA’S ROCK OF FAME – The Largest-Ever ‘Mega’ Induction of Canadian Music Icons

Reposted from https://www.canadaswalkoffame.com

(L-R) from the top row: April Wine, Chilliwack, Glass Tiger, Lee Aaron, Lighthouse, Loverboy, Max Webster, Michel Pagliaro, Platinum Blonde, PRISM, Rough Trade, The Parachute Club, Trooper). (CNW Group/Canada’s Walk of Fame)

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Celebration where 13 of the Most Influential Rock Legends 
from the ’70s and ’80s will be in attendance for their induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame

Thursday, September 28 at Toronto’s Massey Hall — the first of two induction ceremonies in 2023 as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Presenters, Performers and Special Guests will be Announced in the Coming Weeks! 
Tickets for “Canada’s Rock of Fame” On Sale Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. ET.

TORONTO, July 11, 2023 /CNW/ – When it comes to music, Canada has plenty to celebrate! Today, Canada’s Walk of Fameannounces that 13 of the country’s rock royalty from the ’70s and ’80s will be added to its distinguished ranks: April WineChilliwackGlass TigerLee AaronLighthouseLoverboyMax WebsterMichel PagliaroPlatinum BlondePRISMRough TradeThe Parachute Cluband Trooper

To commemorate this first-of-its-kind mega induction, Canada’s Walk of Fame presents Canada’s Rock of Fame at Massey Hall on September 28, alongside official partners Anthem Entertainment and Live Nation. This is the first of two induction ceremonies in 2023 as part of the organization’s 25th anniversary events, followed by the annual induction ceremony and broadcast in December. (See Important Media Note below).

 All 13 rock legends will be in attendance during this unforgettable night featuring live performances of the hits that music lovers have enjoyed for decades, special guests, a reunion of Canadian DJ legends, and more. Led by award-winning musical director Lou Pomanti, a who’s who of presenters, performers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Today’s announcement of iconic Canadian rock bands and musicians join previously announced 2023 Inductees, including a champion of Human Rights and Social Justice, Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (Humanitarianism), the Canadian youth culture phenomenon, Degrassi (Arts and Entertainment), Canada’s record-breaking NHL Sensation, Connor McDavid (Sports and Athletics), beloved television superstar and influential commentator, Rick Mercer (Arts and Entertainment), and the oldest living Inductee at 104 years young, Canada’spreeminent neuropsychologist, Dr. Brenda Milner (Science, Technology and Innovation). More Inductees will be announced in the coming months, along with this year’s Allan Slaight Music Impact and National Hero Honourees.

Important Media Note: Canada’s Rock of Fame at Massey Hall on September 28th is a special one-time music induction celebration for the 25th anniversary events. It should be noted that this event is separate from the annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, December 2, where all of the 2023 Inductees will be honoured. The annual Induction Ceremony will feature memorable performances and tributes from today’s brightest stars and esteemed Alumni from the past 25 years. A special broadcast will air at a later date on CTV. 

TICKETS: Tickets for Canada’s Rock of Fame go on sale through Ticketmaster.com on Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. ET. A limited number of tickets will be sold during a general on-sale on Thursday, July 13, between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. ET, while supplies last. AMEX cardholders qualify for Front of the Line ticket access from Wednesday, July 12 at 10 a.m. ET to Thursday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET. 

For more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com

SOURCE Canada’s Walk of Fame

June 12, 2023

Rough Trade – Rock The District June 17, 2023 – Edmonton, AB


Carole Pope and Rough Trade
Saturday, June 17, 2023
Rock The District
Edmonton’s Classic Rock Festival
Fan Park at ICE District
Edmonton, AB

Gates at 2:30pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm – Carol Pope & Rough Trade
5:00pm to 6:15pm – Helix
6:40pm to 8:00pm – Harlequin
8:30pm to 10:00pm – Loverboy

May 22, 2023

Rough Trade at Bar Robo – Ottawa, ON – May 27, 2023

Rough Trade live at Bar Robo in Ottawa on Saturday, May 27, 2023.

“Canada’s legendary, iconic, talented Rough Trade hits the Bar Robo stage for a night of classic subversive pop. Joining will be Ottawa legend OK Naledi!
Rough Trade has been called raunchy and provocative, but they never fail at being entertaining! Join us for a night full of hits, great musicianship and fun.”


Rough Trade
Bar Robo
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario  
K1P 5E1


Doors at 7 PM, and show at 8 PM.

May 20, 2023

Rough Trade – 6th Annual McBowl – May 25, 2023

Rough Trade, Chalk Circle and headliners Strange Advance at the 6th Annual McBowl Concert in support of Ronald McDonald House.


6th Annual McBowl Concert in support of Ronald McDonald House
Thursday, May 24, 2023
Classic Bowl
3055 Dundas St West
Mississauga, ON, L5L 3R8

Tickets are $55 per night or $85* for VIP Access per night.
*Reserved Seating – McBowl Prize – Customized Lanyard*


Doors: 5:00 PM
Chalk Circle – 6:45 PM
Rough Trade – 7:50 PM
Strange Advance – 9:20 PM