The Killjoys (Canadian band)

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The Killjoys
The Killjoys in 2015
The Killjoys in 2015
Background information
OriginHamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative rock, Power pop, Post-grunge
Years active1992–1999, 2002, 2012, 2015-2017
Associated actsSemaTary Spawn
The Unteens
Simply Saucer
Teenage Head

The Killjoys were a Canadian alternative rock band who formed in 1992 in Hamilton, Ontario. The group enjoyed moderate success in Canada during the grunge/alternative rock heyday of the 1990s before disbanding in 1999, reforming in 2015, and once again disbanding in 2017.


The Killjoys released their first album Starry in 1994 through Cargo Records; the album was later re-released on Warner Music Canada.[1] The singles "Today I Hate Everyone" and "Dana" were played on MuchMusic and MusiquePlus. Mike Trebilcock was also nominated for a Juno Award with Antoine Moonen in 1994, for "Best Album Design" for "Starry". The band was also nominated for a Rock Radio Award for "Independent Artist of the Year".

In 1996, the band released their second album, Gimme Five. The album's lead single, "Rave + Drool", was included on the very first Big Shiny Tunes compilation album. The band received a Juno Award for "Best New Group" in 1997.

In 1998, the band released their third album, Melos Modos. After filming a music video in Mexico for the album's lead single "I've Been Good", the film was stolen by a crew member. The crew member demanded $13,000, threatening to destroy the film otherwise. The ransom was paid and the footage was returned safely.[2]

In April 1999, the band released a live album entitled Onenight and a Morningafter. In June 1999, The Killjoys signed to Shoreline Records.[3] In 2000, lead singer/guitarist Mike Trebilcock released a solo album entitled Shield Millions. After three years of inactivity, The Killjoys reunited in 2002 for another performance. A "best of" compilation was released in 2005 called Essentials.

Gene Champagne formed Junior Achiever, and released "All the Little Letdowns" in 2008. His current band is The Unteens, and he is also the drummer for Canadian band Teenage Head.

In 2011, The Killjoys were featured on a compilation entitled, "Today I Hate Everyone - Perfect Songs For A Crappy Day", alongside The Ramones, Ween and Hüsker Dü.

In March 2015, The Killjoys reunited for a show in Hamilton that coincided with the Juno Awards being held there that month. The band played a few more shows over the next two years, after which bassist Shelley Woods quit the band and the band decided to break up again.

The Killjoys performing in 2015

Popular culture[edit]

  • "Rave + Drool", "Soaked", "Any Day Now", "Today I Hate Everyone" and "I've Been Good" were frequently included in the repertoire of Canadian Alternative DJ, DJ SDGV.
  • The songs "Monkeysucker" and "Everything" were used in the 1997 film The Boys Club.
  • "Candyland" was used in the film "Sweet Karma" (2009).
  • "Today I Hate Everyone" was used in the 2014 film "Wet Bum".


Mike Trebilcock was the primary songwriter, and he played guitar and sang vocals. Gene Champagne played the drums and Shelley Woods played the bass and provided back-up vocals.



Year Title Peak Chart Position Album

1995 "Today I Hate Everyone" 67 - Starry
"Dana" - 30
"Anyday Now" - -
1996 "Rave + Drool" - 6 Gimme Five
"Soaked" 20 8
"Look Like Me" 37 -
1997 "Sick of You" - -
"I've Been Good" - - Melos Modos
1998 "Perfect Pizza" - -


  1. ^ Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ The Killjoys biography at Jam!
  3. ^ "THE KILLJOYS SIGN TO SHORELINE RECORDS". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on July 3, 2003. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Killjoys Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  5. ^ "The Killjoys Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-26.