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FOUND: Update on missing ToRD member

UPDATE: Earlier this week, our league mate Mel was reported missing. We are happy to report that she was located last night and is safe. Thank you to everyone in our community – derby or otherwise – who helped signal boost, shared information, expressed concern. At this time we are asking people to respect Mel and her family’s privacy, and we will not have any further statements unless expressly asked by them.

Thank you again to everyone – we’ll see you on the track!

Vipers and All-Stars March 25

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Our first appearances of 2017 for our rookie squad and our All-Stars! In the opening game, the Toronto Vipers are hosting the Belleville Roller Derby Bombshells, of Belleville ON. Then in the headliner, our Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars (WFTDA #99) take on the Roc Stars of Roc City Roller Derby, of Rochester NY (WFTDA #92). Don’t miss the 2017 debuts of many of our skaters! Tickets are $18 at the door, or $12 in advance at our outlets or online here. There are also discounts when purchasing online tickets when you buy 10-packs.

Ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 186 Ossington Ave
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our vendors and afterparty details for the night.

March 2017 MVPs of the Month – Penny and Samir!

Penny Whistler and Samiracle

Penny Whistler and Samiracle – photos by Neil Gunner

This month’s MVP shout out goes to this dynamic duo in stripes, without whom we literally could not do this: Penny Whistler and Samiracle!

Their tireless efforts ensure that ToRD has full ref crews for each of our games and this is no small feat! Did you know that roller derby games rely on crews of 7 skating officials (plus an alernate) watching pack play for penalties and points with double that number of non-skating officials managing the penalty box, tracking lines, and keeping score? Together, Penny and Samir have not only been refereeing derby games for many many years, but also work to recruit, train, and organize Toronto’s on and off skate officials.

This reffing dream team not only coordinates officiating efforts at home but represent our league at tournaments abroad. These two are often called on to work ref crews at the highest levels. Last year alone, Samir refereed the WFTDA Division 2 tournament in Wichita, plus the Division 1 Playoffs in Vancouver and Montreal, where he was joined by Penny. Penny was additionally invited to Beijing (!!!) for the International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational sponsored by UN Women China, where she officiated the very first public roller derby game in China. Both Penny and Samir are recognized internationally in the community for their incredible commitment to the sport and it is our turn to recognize them for all that they do to keep us safe on the track.

Please join us in recognizing these incredible volunteers, Penny Whistler and Samiracle!

Interested in joining Penny, Samir and the rest of our officiating crew, either on skates or off? Contact officials@torontorollerderby.com for more information!

ToRD Marches 4th towards Playoffs

Toronto Roller Derby 11th seasonWith each team two games into the season, Toronto Roller Derby wraps the regular season on Saturday March 4 with another home team doubleheader. Playoff implications are in the air, with the undefeated Death Track Dolls (2-0) taking on the Smoke City Bandits (1-1) in the opener, and the Chicks Ahoy! (1-1) facing the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (0-2) in game 2. Final playoff positions are still undecided for all four teams, with the Quarterfinals coming April 8. Here’s a look at where things stand ahead of this Saturday’s doubleheader:

2017 ToRD Regular Season Standings*

* = through February 11

G

W

L

PF

PA

+/-

dolls

Death Track Dolls

2

2

0

388

245

143

chicks

Chicks Ahoy!

2

1

1

406

235

171

bandits

Smoke City Bandits

2

1

1

242

365

-123

gores

Gore-Gore Rollergirls

2

0

2

204

454

-395

PF = points for, PA = points against

After Win-Loss record, the tiebreaker in the standings is point differential, aka +/-. For example, currently the Chicks Ahoy! and Smoke City Bandits have identical Win-Loss records, but the Chicks Ahoy! own a superior point differential, in fact, even better than that of the first-place Death Track Dolls. If the Chicks win this weekend and the Dolls lose, that advantage could bump the Chicks into first, depending on the point spreads this week. Similarly, should the Gore-Gore Rollergirls beat the Chicks, and if the Dolls beat the Bandits, there would be a three-way tie for second, sorted out by point spreads. There’s going to be a lot of math this weekend!

Tickets are $18 at the door, or $12 in advance at our outlets or online here. There are also discounts when purchasing online tickets when you buy 10-packs!

Ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates for the night!

ToRD takes it to 11 on 2/11!

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Season 11 opened on January 21st, with a packed house and big wins for the Death Track Dolls and the Chicks Ahoy! (The Derby Nerd has the complete recap here.) You want more? We’re bringing you more, as we take it to 11 on February 11.

Our next event is Saturday February 11th at the Bunker in Downsview Park, with the doors opening at 4pm, and the first whistle sounding at 5. Our second doubleheader of the season starts with the Death Track Dolls (1-0) playing the Chicks Ahoy! (1-0). Then, at 7pm, it’s the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (0-1) taking on the Smoke City Bandits (0-1). Tickets are $18 at the door, or $12 in advance at our outlets or online here. There are also discounts when purchasing online tickets when you buy 4 or 10-packs.

Tickets are now available at outlets!

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our vendors and afterparty details for the night.

And, it’s not too late to get Season Passes for 2017 – save when you’re buying tickets for the entire season!

2017 Season Schedule and Passes!

Toronto Roller Derby 2017 Schedule Season 11

2017 ToRD Season Passes

Season 11 starts Saturday January 21 2017 at the Bunker with a home team doubleheader, as last year’s second-place team the Gore-Gore Rollergirls take on the Death Track Dolls, and then the 2016 Battle for the Boot champions Chicks Ahoy! take on the newly-minted Smoke City Bandits. Advance tickets for that home opener will be on sale soon! Be sure to check the Season Schedule page for continued updates on our home season.

At long last, the 2017 Season Passes are on sale now! The Season Pass gets you up to 9 admissions, up from last year’s 7, including the following events:

  • All 3 home regular season home team doubleheader events
  • 2 travel team events in March and April
  • Battle for the Boot Quarterfinals
  • Battle for the Boot Semifinal
  • ToRD Championship game, Battle for the Boot
  • *Bonus Punch*: Either bring a friend to one of the above events, or use it yourself for any additional applicable ToRD event, including to-be-announced events later in the season!

We’re pleased to offer 2017 Season Passes for the same great rate as 2016 even with two additional events! Get your Season Pass for $75.00 (+ service fee). EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! If you purchase your season pass before January 1, 2017, you will save $10, and get all this for only $65.00 (+ service fee)! Season Passes make excellent stocking stuffers for holiday gifting, and of course make you the best ToRD supporter ever. They go with everything!

Starting with Season 11, Toronto Roller Derby is using Event Brite for our online tickets provider. Visit our Event Brite listing at any time to see all currently available ticket and passes.

All single-game events listed on our schedule are subject to becoming doubleheaders, possibly featuring one of our travel teams – keep checking back for updates; as teams and games get confirmed they will be added to the schedule. Some matchups for our travel team events will be announced closer to the event dates, and we anticipate adding more events during the warmer weather!

2017 – Season 11 ToRD Home Schedule

Here’s the 2017 Season 11 schedule:

Jan 21: Death Track Dolls vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Smoke City Bandits
Feb 11: Chicks Ahoy! vs. Death Track Dolls & Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Bandits
Mar 4: Death Track Dolls vs Smoke City Bandits & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls
Mar 25: Vipers and All-Stars vs TBA
Apr 8: 2017 Boot Quarterfinals (see below)
Apr 22: All-Stars vs TBA
May 13: Boot Semifinal (see below) & game TBA
Jun 3: 2017 Battle for the Boot

Start times will be confirmed soon, and we expect to be adding dates for later in 2017, so check the Season Schedule page for updates.

2017 Battle for the Boot playoffs

Toronto Roller Derby is continuing to employ a page playoffs structure for the home team playoffs. Here’s how it works:

Quarterfinals: 3rd place team vs 4th place team, and 1st place team vs 2nd place team. The winner of 1st vs 2nd advances directly to the Battle for the Boot in June. The loser of 1st vs 2nd stays alive to play the winner of 3rd vs 4th in the Semifinal. The loser of 3rd vs 4th is eliminated.

Semifinal: The winner of 3rd vs 4th plays the loser of 1st vs 2nd. The winner advances to the Battle of the Boot, and the loser is eliminated.

Battle for the Boot X: The Winner of the 1st vs 2nd Quarterfinal plays the winner of the Semifinal for the right to claim the Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s coveted trophy.

Playoff seedings: Teams are ranked in order of their win-loss records; in the event of any teams sharing the same win-loss record, score differential will be used as the tiebreaker.

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Betties go up in Smoke as 2017 Welcomes The Bandits

Smoke City History

The history of Toronto Roller Derby – and indeed, the birth of flat track roller derby in Canada as a whole – is inextricably connected to that of the Smoke City Betties. Alyson McMullen (Kandy Barr), owner of RollerBug Skate Company, posted on her website in 2005 calling out for interested skaters to form a roller derby team, and by early 2006 an D Dayorganizational meeting was held that led to the formation of the Betties, who began practicing that spring. Around the same time, Scooter and Trevstopher, along with Jeff (Jeffro Speedwagon) and Sally Brabant (Mach Wheels) had launched the Toronto Terrors. By April, the Terrors had subdivided into what would become four of ToRD’s original home teams – the Bay Street Bruisers, the Chicks Ahoy!, the Death Track Dolls and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. But it was Betties D-Day, hosted by the Smoke City Betties in August 2006 that solidified things. Shortly afterwards, the Terrors and Betties joined forces, and after the Betties themselves had subdivided and created the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Toronto Roller Derby was born.

Since our first season in 2007, Smoke City has been a constant part of our home league, with over a hundred skaters wearing the black and blue, including Battle for the Boot appearances in 2009 and 2012, and the team’s first championship title at long last in 2015.

Make no mistake – Smoke City is Toronto Roller Derby, and Smoke City is Toronto. And it’s with that spirit that we are excited to announce a new team name and identity: please welcome the Smoke City Bandits!

Smoke City Bandits

SCB Doubling down on their Toronto pride, the Smoke City Bandits are here to continue a roller derby legacy in Toronto, wearing a familiar face. Masks on, tails out, the Bandits pay homage to one of the city’s famous features, Raccoon Nation. Adaptable, sneaky, and efficient; with a derriere that just won’t quit, the raccoon embodies many characteristics the skaters of Smoke City feel in themselves. Don’t be taken in by their cute faces; these crafty skaters will swindle points on the track before you even know they’re there.

The Smoke City Bandits are continuing in the Smoke City tradition and taking their place in our four-team home league starting this January. Stay tuned for announcements about their 2017 roster and our Season 11 schedule, so you can see them Smoke This! coming soon.

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