Tara Kamala Slone (born September 7, 1973) is a Canadian rock vocalist, actress and television personality.[1][2]

Tara Slone
Born (1973-09-07) September 7, 1973 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
LabelsOrange Record Label
Associated actsJoydrop

Early life and educationEdit

Slone was born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Wolfville and Halifax, Nova Scotia.[3] Her stepfather Dr. Tomacz Pietrzykowski was the Dean of the School of Computer Science at Acadia University.[4] She began pursuing classical voice training at the age of 12 with the goal of becoming an opera singer. Her first job was at a Second Cup in Halifax when she was in high school as a barista for a few months before working at Sam the Record Man. She connected with music lovers and indie musicians, which she credits as influencing her taste in music.[5] At the age of 18, she attended Concordia University to pursue a degree in music. While there, she switched her aspirations to acting and rock music, and subsequently moved to Toronto.

Theatre careerEdit

In the mid-1990s, Slone played Columbia in the Rocky Horror Show in front of sold-out crowds when it stopped at the Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario.[6]

In 2016, Slone appeared on stage at the Stratford Festival in the play The Hypochondriac.[7]

Music careerEdit

In 1996, Slone became the lead singer of Joydrop. The band released two albums, had chart hits in Canada with "Beautiful" and "Sometimes Wanna Die," and was nominated for a Juno Award.

In 1998, Slone landed a recurring role in La Femme Nikita.[8] She appeared in three episodes. In 2008, she appeared in an episode of the second season of The Border, titled "Prescriptive Measures", as an American pop star who dies early on in the episode, which sparks the main plot of the episode.

Since the breakup of Joydrop, Slone has worked on a solo album with Jordon Zadorozny. Her latest album is Just Look Pretty and Sing, which was released on March 6, 2007. Singles released include "My Little Secret", "We Were Stars" and "The Perfect Girl." Joydrop reunited on April 2, 2017, edition of Hometown Hockey in Guelph, Ontario with Slone performing "Beautiful".

Slone competed on Rock Star INXS. On week four, she was again placed in the bottom three after her version of "Message in a Bottle". She was then eliminated that week.

Slone is currently signed to Orange Record Label.

She previously resided in Toronto, sharing a house with fellow Rock Star INXS contestant Suzie McNeil. The two appeared in an episode of MTV Cribs, giving viewers a tour of their house.

Broadcasting careerEdit

From August 9, 2010 to August 28, 2015, Slone served as the host of Breakfast Television on Citytv Calgary.[9]

In 2014, Slone joined Sportsnet, acting as an on-site co-host for its new Sunday-night Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts alongside Ron MacLean.[10]

In 2020, Slone was named host of a new weekly Sportsnet docuseries called Top of Her Game, which focuses on women's rights through interviews with female athletes, builders and executives.[11][12] In the same year she was host of the summer concert series Budweiser Stage at Home for the Citytv network,[13] for which she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host in a Talk Show or Entertainment News Series at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married and has a daughter.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues[15]
1995 Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time Vivienne
1997 Night of the Demons III Lois
1998 Twist of Fate Melanie Sims
2003 Foolproof Maggie
2004 The Straitjacket Lottery Nancy Leah
2005 Rockstar: INXS Contestant DVD Release
2009 Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s Self
2014 The Owen Hart Foundation: A Look Back Self (Documentary short)


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Larissa Episode "Dark Side of Chi"
1997 The Newsroom Episode "Meltdown: Part 3"
1997-98 La Femme Nikita Gail (and Gail as Tara Slone) Episodes "Inside Out", "Darkness Visible", "Noise"
2001 Special Unit 2 Self Episode "The Wall"
2005 Canoe Live Producer
2005 Rock Star: INXS Self Finalist
2007 Best! Movies! Ever! Self (Musician) Episode "Road Trips"
2007-2010 Inside Jam[16] Co-Host Sun TV
2008 The Border Kiley Tristano Episode "Prescriptive Measures"
2010-2015 Breakfast Television Calgary[17] Co-Host
2014–present Hometown Hockey Co-Host / Producer
2019 Hudson and Rex Greta Fermi[18] Episode "Bullet in the water"
2020 Budweiser Stage at Home Host 8 episodes
2020-21 Top of Her Game Host 48 episodes


- 2002 Best New Group (Juno Awards - Nominee)[19]
- 2012 Best Television Host (Alberta Film & Television Awards - Finalist)[20]
- 2013 Best Television Host (Alberta Film & Television Awards - Winner)[21]


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  2. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com.
  3. ^ 10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Tara Slone Archived 2016-11-06 at the Wayback Machine HometownHockey
  4. ^ DeCoste, John. "Hometown Hockey host comes home with Annapolis Valley stop | Saltwire". www.saltwire.com.
  5. ^ ""Hometown Hockey" host Tara Slone on building an unconventional career". January 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hockey show to pay tribute to military, Downie". thewhig.
  7. ^ "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  8. ^ Volmers, Eric. "ara Slone says goodbye after five years co-hosting Calgary's Breakfast Television". Calgary Herald. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Volmers, Eric. "Tara Slone says goodbye after five years co-hosting Calgary's Breakfast Television". Calgary Herald. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Bradshaw, James. "Rogers' Hockey Night in Canada will be a whole new game for viewers". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Sexism and the great Canadian cable sports-TV swindle" – via The Globe and Mail.
  12. ^ "Just four new shows are joining the fall Citytv schedule". thestar.com. June 22, 2020.
  13. ^ "Black Crowes, the Trews among artists in Budweiser Stage at Home TV concerts". CityNews, May 25, 2020.
  14. ^ Brent Furdyk, "Television Nominees Announced For 2021 Canadian Screen Awards, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Leads The Pack With 21 Nominations". ET Canada, March 30, 2021.
  15. ^ "Tara Slone". IMDb.
  16. ^ "Tara Slone joins SUN-TV". article.wn.com.
  17. ^ "Tara Slone says goodbye after five years co-hosting Calgary's Breakfast Television". calgaryherald.
  18. ^ "Bullet in the Water - Guest Cast | TVmaze". www.tvmaze.com.
  19. ^ "Tara Slone singing a different tune with Hometown Hockey". windsorstar.
  20. ^ "Alberta Media Production Industries Association Announces Finalists for the 2012 Rosie Awards" (11 April 2012). mediamag.ca. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Home | Calgary Herald". calgaryherald.

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