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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1997 (1997)–2004, 2017
LabelsTommy Boy
Past membersTara Slone
Thomas Payne
Tom McKay
Tony Rabalao

Joydrop is a Canadian alternative rock band originally active in the late 1990s and early 2000s from Toronto, Ontario. The band reunited in 2017. The band consists of vocalist Tara Slone, guitarist Thomas Payne, bassist Tom McKay, and drummer Tony Rabalao.


Joydrop was formed in Toronto in 1997. Rabalao and McKay knew each other through recording sessions and tour work and McKay had seen Payne play live a number of times. Once Payne joined they found Slone by placing an ad in Now magazine.[1]

The band's first CD, Metasexual, was released in 1999 on the Tommy Boy label.[2] They performed music from the album at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in March that year.[3] The song "Beautiful"[4] from that album was on the Canadian charts and was used on the film Attraction; it played during the end credits. "Beautiful" was also featured in the film Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed; it played during the end credits.

Viberate, the band's second album, was also released on Tommy Boy.[5]

The band's single "Sometimes Wanna Die" was featured on MTV2 in the US during the summer of 2001, thanks in part to a music video featuring Tommy Lee.[6]

Joydrop appeared as themselves, performing their two hit songs, on an episode of Special Unit 2.

Joydrop was nominated for a Juno Award for best new group in 2002.[7][8]

Following the band's breakup, Slone released a solo album and was a contestant on Rock Star: INXS. Tony Rabalao also went solo and put out a CD under the name Lehlo but plays in Slone's band as well. Thomas McKay is a producer with a recording studio He worked on Slone's and Rabalao's solo CDs as well as numerous other Canadian, American and British bands. Thomas Payne is writing and producing music for stage in Stratford Ontario. As of 2010, Slone is part of Breakfast Television on CKAL-DT (Citytv Calgary).

On April 2, 2017, Joydrop reunited for a performance at Hometown Hockey's tour stop in Guelph, Ontario.[9] The gig lead to further performances in 2017, including a show at the Bovine on August 25, 2017 in Toronto.[10]


Metasexual (released September 22, 1998)[edit]

4."Strawberry Marigold"4:09
6."Dream Today"3:21
8."Over + Under"4:06
9."If I Forget"3:49
10."All Too Well"3:43
11."No One"2:54
12."Dog Star Radio"4:46
13."The Line"5:02

Viberate (released July 17, 2001)[edit]

1."Thick Skin"4:13
2."American Dreamgirl"3:46
3."Sometimes Wanna Die"3:16
4."Life On The Sun"4:32
5."Swan Song"4:00
8."This Is Not Real"3:57
9."Expiry Dates"3:36
10."Do You Believe"5:09


  • Beautiful (1999) #20 US Billboard Alternative Songs[11]
  • If I Forget (exclusive to Canada) (1999)
  • Spiders (exclusive to US) (2000)
  • Sometimes Wanna Die (2001)
  • American Dream Girl (2001)


  1. ^ "Interview: Joydrop fights hard for their success". The Peak, November 13th, 2001 by Peter Konefal, Vol. 109, Issue 11.
  2. ^ "Dropping in". Skiing. November 1998. pp. 52–. ISSN 0037-6264.
  3. ^ "Joydrop March 4, 1999 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON". Chart Attack, by Jim Kelly.
  4. ^ Carrie Bell (4 September 1999). The Modern Age. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 101–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ Michael Paoletta (4 August 2001). Reviews & Previews. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 19–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ "Joydrop: Opera, acting, music & mayhem". The Gate, W. Andrew Powell July 16, 2001
  7. ^ "Grand Falls-Windsor next chapter in the Canadian Hockey story". Grand Falls Advertiser, Randy Edison on October 28, 2016
  8. ^ "Joydrop's Juno nod satisfies hunger for success". UWO Gazette, February 21, 2002. By Ryan Dixon.
  9. ^ "Guelph celebrates with Rogers hometown hockey". Guelph Today
  10. ^ Joydrop The Matt Black Finish". NOW Toronto./
  11. ^