Category Archives: 2015 Season

Win a pair of Moxi skates and help CN Power get to playoffs!

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 CN Power Omaha Playoffs Moxi Skates

Our Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars – CN Power have made it to the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Nebraska! But now they need your help!

They’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it this far and after traveling and playing 12 bouts this season they’re happy to say All their hard work has paid off and they’ve made it to the coveted Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Nebraska from October 2 – 4 – the top tier of flat-track derby worldwide. CN Power is currently ranked #32 overall in the WFTDA, and enters the tournament as the #8 seed. Now, in order to get there, they need your support – and CN Power is offering you an AMAZING chance to win a pair of MOXI ROLLERSKATES donated by Rumbling Rage Derby Shop.

For just $20 (+$1.97 service fee–that’s TicketBud, not us!), you not only help them get to Omaha, but you also get a chance (for every $20 you donate) to win a pair of Moxi Roller Skates in the colour and size of your choice!

CN Power will be doing a video of the draw and announcing the winner Sunday, October 4th from the Omaha Playoffs! You’re probably already following them on facebook, twitter and Instagram, and that’s where you’ll catch that announcement.

To enter, please go to this link on TicketBud! Want to help even more (and increase your odds at winning the draw for the Moxi skates)? Purchase additional entries!

CN Power also is running an IndieGoGo campaign with amazing perks that you won’t get anywhere else – check that out here! Our All-Stars thank everyone for their support, and those perks are some of the incredible ways they can show you how much they appreciate it – every little bit helps!

For more information about CN Power’s Playoff in Omaha, including how you can watch them in their 3rd straight trip to Division 1 Playoffs, check out this post.

CN Power Back At WFTDA D1 Playoffs

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Quad City Chaos 2015 CN Power

The CN Power pose, at Quad City Chaos 2015. Photo by Neil Gunner

CN Power, Toronto Roller Derby’s All-Stars, return to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs this October for the 3rd straight year! They’ve been tearing up the track all year, both at home and on the road, and go into Playoffs ranked 32nd in the world by the WFTDA, a fantastic achievement! (go here to see all the scores from 2015) But it’s not over yet – now they have a big trip ahead of them, as they head to Omaha, Nebraska to take on more of the WFTDA’s best. Those of us staying home in Toronto will be watching all the action on wftda.tv, and doing our own CN Power poses, as we cheer on the best that Toronto has to offer as they take on the world! Read on to learn more about Omaha and the 2015 International WFTDA Playoffs from the WFTDA:

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced on July 15 that Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power qualified for the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct. 2-4 as the #8 seed, and ranked #32 overall. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

Marking its 10th year of pushing the sport’s athleticism and competition to new heights, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Toronto in Omaha on Oct. 2-4 to compete for a spot at the WFTDA Championships in November. The top three teams from each of the four international D1 Playoffs will advance to Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honor: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

1. Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York, New York, USA
2. Angel City Derby Girls, Los Angeles, California, USA
3. Minnesota RollerGirls, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
4. Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5. Windy City Rollers, Chicago, Illinois, USA
6. Boston Derby Dames, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
7. Helsinki Roller Derby, Helsinki, Finland
8. Toronto Roller Derby, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
9. Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, New York, USA
10. No Coast Derby Girls, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Catch a preview of tournament action and see archives of past footage at youtube.com/thewftda. Clips for use in broadcast are available by request.

Learn how to join the action in Omaha; at the Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 6-8; or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on CN Power from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel, WFTDA.tv!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Toronto Roller Derby Public Relations – pr@torontorollerderby.com
Kali Schumitz, WFTDA Public Relations – press@wftda.com
Jenna Cloughley, WFTDA Marketing and Communications Manager – jenna@wftda.com

The WFTDA has also released the tournament brackets. Here’s the bracket for Omaha, so you can follow CN Power’s progress in October!

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2015 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Friday July 3, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2015 winners:

Skating Awards
Best Jammer – Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Pivot – Honey Boom Boom (Smoke City Betties)
Best Blocker – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Double Threat – Beaver Mansbridge (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
Rookie of the Year – Pr’Editor (Death Track Dolls)
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Smoka Cola (Smoke City Betties)
Most Improved Skater – Lowblowpoloza (Smoke City Betties)

ToRD Culture Awards
Best Boutfit – TIE: Murdercat! and WackedHer
Encore Award – Jill ‘em all
Most Help off the Track – Android W.K.
Tordie of the Year – Mazel Tough
Heart of Gold – The Derby Nerd
Downright Awesome Award – Honey Boom Boom

Most awards are voted upon by ToRD members, to recognize their peers for their performances both on and off the track, and are geared mostly towards recognizing members for their contributions to our home team season. Best Jammer is based on statistics from the 2015 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their play, leadership and skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognizes the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league (Smoka Cola transferred to ToRD for 2015 from Misfit Militia in Alliston, Ontario).

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. As a member of the Marketing and Bout Committees, Android W.K. has been a valuable contributor, helping coordinate our public events, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Honey Boom Boom, of the Smoke City Betties and the Bay Street Bruisers. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year.  Mr Force had this to say about this year’s recipient:

“The key bout day liaison point with Rogers since 2013, Boom also produces the annual Quad City Chaos boutcasts, and in 2015 liaised with WFTDA.tv to broadcast sanctioned QCC2015 bouts. Her work on QCC was key in getting folk to look for boutcast sponsors. The last three years Boom has also helped the GTA Rollergirls boutcast their Fresh & Furious Tournament, and ToRD’s Pride events in 2013 & 2014 (also co-productions with GTAR) – thus helping to maintain an external league relationship. These achievements are all about changing how ToRD is viewed by the world. Oh and, Roller Derby? As co-captain of the Bruisers, she’s contributed to the culture during a period of change on BSB.”

Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber
  • 2014: Mr Force

Derby Nerd received the 2015 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. His contributions as an announcer, reporter and stats nerd have helped ToRD not just with their broadcasts on Rogers TV, Layer9 and WFTDA.tv, but also help us present the ToRD story to the sports world at large.

Previous winners of this award are:

2012: Mr Force
2013: The Reverend Ramirez
2014: Wencer / Mr Whistler

The ToRDie of the Year award (formerly known as the Rollergirl of the Year) went to outgoing league President Mazel Tough. Tough’s leadership and hard work behind the scenes the past few seasons have been immeasurable, in helping ToRD face and overcome many challenges, and leaves big shoes to fill – don’t worry, Betties fans, she is not retiring, merely stepping down from the executive. Toronto Roller Derby has been lucky to have Tough at the helm, and we all say Thank You for her service, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Thank you also to the D-VAS for organizing a fun event!

What’s next derby fans? While our home season is over for 2015, both the Bay Street Bruisers still have some road games ahead of them, so stay tuned for information about that. CN Power is awaiting word about the 2015 WFTDA International Playoffs, and which tournament they may qualify for. Later this summer, the first stage of this year’s Home Team Draft will take place, as our home teams restock their rosters to cope with the inevitable retirements that take place in the off-season. We will keep you updated on all the troop movement as it happens.

Uhaul Brawl for Pride – Thursday June 25

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Uhaul Brawl clam slam

Uhaul BRAWL (formerly known as Clam Slam) is an annual roller derby event to kick off the Pride weekend, bringing together the LGBTQ2 roller derby community for an event like no other. The four teams feature queer skaters from the Toronto area, as well as visiting skaters from across the province — and even across the ocean. Some of your favourite skaters from Pride events past will be taking part once again, as Toronto Roller Derby and GTA Rollergirls once again team up to bring a Pride event like no other.

The BRAWL will showcase skaters coming from over North America, which is super exciting! This event gives fans a chance to come out and support athletes who are openly and proudly skating under the queer banner. So many athletes remain closeted and this event sends the message that we are proud to play and others can be as well.

“Too many queer athletes are pushed to the fringes in mainstream organized sports, and so few spaces are designated to celebrate and highlight queer athletes. This event creates that space and shows that the roller derby community embraces folks from across the queer and trans spectrum,” said BRAWL organizer and ToRD skater, Vag Lightning. “We still have a lot of work to do, especially around issues of transmisogyny, but the BRAWL is a start. This event shouldn’t be as important as it is because we should be farther than we are – but I feel lucky that it exists and honoured to have helped make it happen this year.”

Spectators can expect an event that is kid-friendly, wheelchair-accessible, full of glitter, excitement, unicorns on wheels, and more glitter.

Uhaul BRAWL will be held at Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main Street at Gerrard, at Gerrard – a short walk south from Main Street station on the Bloor-Danforth Line 2 subway, or take the 506 streetcar east from the Village! Advance tickets are on sale now, and are also available at our usual ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street
  • True North Climbing  – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

There will be 2 fun, amazing bouts at this year’s event:

  • 6:30 pm: Blundstone Brigade vs the Glitterazzi
  • 8:00 pm: Team UHaul vs Plaid Mafia

For rosters and up to the minute event information, please RSVP to the facebook event listing here.

Doors open at 6pm. Parking at Ted Reeve Arena is free.

After the event, please join us for the official Uhaul BRAWL afterparty at The Steady, 1051 Bloor St West. It’s PWYC, and will also serve as a fundraiser for CN Power as they gear up for WFTDA Playoffs!

Smoke City Betties win historic first Boot title

9th Battle for the Boot

Photo by Neil Gunner

During the opening game on Saturday June 6 you could hear a pin drop at the Bunker. That wasn’t solely due to the riveting Toronto All-Stars game that preceded the Battle for the Boot; unexpectedly, and with the worst possible timing, the sound system at the Bunker crashed and left us in silence. After determining it could not simply be restarted, our sound crew raced out to secure a replacement board, and with minutes to spare before the big game kicked off, we were back in business.

It didn’t stay quiet in the Bunker for long.

The Gore-Gore Rollergirls jumped out to an early lead, and in the early going it was all Gores all the time, as they never trailed in the first half, and went to the break with an 89-67 lead. Every time the Betties closed the gap, the Gores would follow that up with similar points on the following jam, and it looked like a 4th Boot (which would have given the Gores the all-time lead) was in store for the team with the spots.

The second half started off much like the first, and at one point the Gores led by as much as 30 points. The crowd, however, was electric – possibly boosted by a surprise appearance at the start of the second half by retired ToRD announcer Crankypants, who exhorted the crowd to Get Louder; not that they needed the advice. Every jam had the crowd on its feet and screaming at the top of their lungs, as if to make up for the relative quiet of the earlier game. With roughly ten minutes left in the game, the Betties had brought the score to within 3 points, and a timeout was called. On the ensuing jam, the Betties took advantage of a power jam and Smoka Cola put up 18 big roller derby points for the Betties’ first lead of the game, a lead they would not relinquish. The Gores fought them all the way to the final seconds, but in the end it was the Betties who came out on top, completing their long run through the playoffs with a thrilling come-from-behind victory, 171-140, and the first-ever Boot title for the Smoke Show.

MVPS

9th Battle for the Boot MVPs

Photo by Mr Whistler

Immediately after the big game and the presentation of the Boot, continuing in the grand tradition of derby, the teams awarded MVPS to each other. Here were the big winners:

  • Gores MVP blocker: Jill ‘Em All
  • Gores MVP Jammer: Beaver Mansbridge
  • Betties MVP Blocker: Honey Boom Boom
  • Betties MVP Jammer: Smoka Cola

Recaps

The Derby Nerd had his writeup of the big game here, with all the details.

Our friends from CityNews were on hand, and we present their recap here, which includes a quick post-game interview with the Betties’ titmouse and the Gores’ Santa Muerte:

Photos

As usual, the ToRD photographers were out in full force. Here are photo galleries that have come in so far (more will be added as they get posted):
Neil Gunner’s photo set may be found here.
Greg Russell’s photo set may be found here.
George Pelekis’ (aka TO Derby) photo set may be found here.

Broadcast and footage

Mr Force has his trackside footage available for viewing on Layer9.ca here. Make sure you look under “TORD 2015 videos”.

For the full experience, you’ll want to look for re-broadcasts of the Battle for the Boot (and the All-Star game that preceded it) on Rogers TV. Featuring multiple camera angles, instant replay, and play-by-play and analysis by Derby Nerd and Monichrome, Rogers TV puts on a high-level production that you don’t want to miss! The premiere airdates for the Rogers broadcasts are as follows:

Rogers Sports+ Channel 368/369 HD
Friday June 12 4:00pm (All-Star game) and 5:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

Toronto Rogers TV Channel 10/510
Saturday June 13 8:00pm (All-Star game) and 9:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

The Rogers TV broadcasts are not available online, so make sure you check your Rogers TV listings for future airdates!

June 6: The 2015 Battle for the Boot!

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Battle for the Boot

On Saturday June 6, the 2015 Toronto Roller Derby home team season concludes with the 9th annual Battle for the Boot at the Bunker at Downsview Park, between the first-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties, after their victory in the Semifinal on May 23. Game 1 that evening will be an exciting exhibition match featuring some of ToRD’s top talent, members of both our WFTDA charter team CN Power and our B team, the Bay Street Bruisers.

Game 1 – Bay Street Power!

CN Power has been largely playing on the road in 2015, and hasn’t played at home since Quad City Chaos in March. This will be possibly your last chance to see some of our All-Stars in action at home, before the WFTDA International Playoffs later this year. The Bay Street Bruisers meanwhile have been playing periodically at home, and of course their members are drawn from our other teams, but this is a great opportunity to see how they stack up. We’ll be mashing these two teams together for an exciting competition to get the ball rolling on June 6.

The Battle for the Boot – The Betties

Then in game 2, the 2015 Battle for the Boot playoffs conclude with the Championship game. The Smoke City Betties have been on a roll, first taking the Quarterfinal against the Chicks Ahoy! on May 2, and now upsetting the second-place Death Track Dolls 200-123 on May 23 to secure their spot in the Battle for the Boot. The Betties roster has largely remained intact this season, and put on an impressive performance in the Semifinal, but do they have what it takes to finally go all the way on June 6? This will be the third all-time appearance for the Betties in the Battle for the Boot final, and their first since 2013. Their other appearance in the Battle for the Boot was against this year’s opponent, the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, in 2009.

The Battle for the Boot – The Gores

Waiting patiently this whole time has been the regular season’s first-place finishers, the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, who by virtue of that finish earned a bye directly to the finals, bypassing the rest of the playoffs. While the Gores swept the regular season, 2 of those games, including a 7-point win over the Betties, went down to the final jam. The Gores roster has been just as consistent as Betties’, and with both teams at the top of their games right now, expect this one to be one for the record books. Will the Betties take their first Boot? Or will the Gores take sole possession of the all-time most titles by winning their 4th (and first since 2010)? There’s one way to find out, and that’s to be there on June 6!

 

The doors to the Bunker open to the public on June 6 at 4pm, with the CN Power / Bay Street Bruisers mashup at 5, and then the Battle for the Boot goes at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now, including discounts on groups of 4 and 10! Get yours today!

2015 Boot Semifinal May 23!

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Battle for the Boot Semifinal

On Saturday May 23, Toronto Roller Derby returns to the Bunker at Downsview Park for the 2015 Battle for the Boot Semifinal, between the defending champion Death Track Dolls and the Smoke City Betties. Game 1 that evening will feature the future of Toronto Roller Derby, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DVAS) hosting Our Ladies of Pain from Royal City Roller Girls, from Guelph.

Game 1 – D-VAS vs Royal City

The DVAS are looking for their first win of 2015, having fallen previously to Orangeville’s Fox Force Five as well as the Waterloo Warriors. But the DVAS have been training hard and have some fearsome skaters on their roster, who are ready to take on what will certainly be stiff competition from Royal City. Make sure you’re there in time for this, the first game of our May 23 doubleheader, as the DVAS are not to be missed.

The Semifinal – The Dolls

Then in game 2, the 2015 Battle for the Boot playoffs continue with the Semifinal. The Death Track Dolls, courtesy of their 2nd-place finish in the regular season standings, earned a bye past the Quarterfinal and have been eagerly awaiting their opponent as they aim for a historic threepeat as Boot champions – a feat that no ToRD team has yet achieved. The Dolls (2-1) picked up where they left off after 2014, with a narrow 5-point loss to the 1st-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls the only blemish on their record. Led by captains Getcha Kicks and Robotomy, the Dolls have been idle in home season play since March, and eager to get back on the flat track.

The Semifinal – The Betties

Standing in their way, however, are the surging Smoke City Betties (1-2). The Betties also came out of the gate strong this season, with their own narrow loss (by 7 points) to the Gores, and came up 37 points short against the Dolls in March. But don’t let that record fool you – the Betties have turned it around from last year at just the right time, and as their thorough win in the Quarterfinal on May 2 (222-129 versus the Chicks Ahoy!) shows, and co-captains WackedHer and Kil’Her at Large have them firing on all cylinders. The Betties are looking to return to the Battle for the Boot Final for the first time since 2013, and the second time overall, in pursuit of their first Boot.

 

Waiting at the end of the rainbow, of course, are the 1st-place Gore Gore Rollergirls, who advance directly to the Final, bypassing the earlier playoff rounds. That’s right, the prize for winning the Semifinal will be having to face the regular season champs for the Boot on June 6. Whoever wins this Saturday has a bigger challenge coming their way!

The doors to the Bunker open to the public on May 23 at 4pm, with the DVAS hosting Our Ladies of Pain at 5, and then the Battle for the Boot Semifinal goes at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now, including discounts on groups of 4 and 10: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1021420

After the big game, join us for the official Semifinal afterparty, You Can’t Take Us Anywhere, at The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St West!