2017 Boot Semifinal May 13!

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On Saturday, May 13, the 2017 Toronto Roller Derby Playoffs continue at the Bunker at Downsview Park with the 2017 Battle for the Boot Semifinal, between the Death Track Dolls and the Smoke City Bandits. Game 1 that evening will feature the future of Toronto Roller Derby, the Vipers, hosting Durham Region Roller Derby‘s Drrd’y Farmers.

Game 1 – Vipers vs Durham

Coming off a fresh win against the Capital City Cannon Dolls, the Vipers are looking to get another win against Durham Region Roller Derby’s Drrd’y Farmers. As Toronto Roller Derby’s newest members, the Vipers represent the future of ToRD and you might be witnessing the emergence of tomorrow’s all-stars! Don’t miss this chance to see the future of Toronto Roller Derby today!

Game 2 – The Semifinal – Dolls vs Bandits

Then in game 2, the 2017 Battle for the Boot playoffs continue with the Semifinal. The Smoke City Bandits finished 3rd in the regular season standings (1-2), and in the 3-4 game of the 2017 Quarterfinals eliminated the 4th-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls (0-3) to get to this game. Meanwhile, the Death Track Dolls finished in first place in the regular season going 3-0, and played the 1-2 game at the April 8 Quarterfinals. There the 2nd-place Chicks Ahoy! came out on top. The Dolls get another shot at advancing in this Semifinal. The loser will be done for the season, but the winner will advance to Battle for the Boot XI in June.

Doors open at 4pm. Advance tickets available at our outlets, or on online here. RSVP to the Facebook event page for the Semifinal for up to the minute event updates!

Vipers and All-Stars April 22

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The second appearance of 2017 for our rookie squad and our All-Stars, taking on Capital City Derby Dolls of Ottawa, ON! In the opening game, the Toronto Vipers are hosting CCRD’s Cannon Dolls. Then in the headliner, our Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars (WFTDA #89) take on the CCRD Dolly Rogers (WFTDA #81). The All-Stars’ hard hitting season opener helped launch them 10 spots in the WFTDA rankings. Be there to cheer them on as they continue their climb! 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-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.

Battle for the Boot XI — Quarterfinals, April 8

ToRD Season 11 Quarterfinals

Our 2017 home team regular season wrapped up on March 4, and now we look ahead to the Battle for the Boot playoffs, which will culminate in Battle for the Boot XI in June.

This year, the Battle for the Boot Playoffs will follow a traditional Page Playoffs structure. First up, the Quarterfinals on Saturday April 8! In the first game at 5pm, the 3rd place Smoke City Bandits face the 4th place Gore-Gore Rollergirls; the winner will advance to the Semifinal on May 13. In the second game at 7pm, the 1st place Death Track Dolls play the 2nd place Chicks Ahoy!; the winner will advance directly to Battle for the Boot XI on June 3, while the other team gets a second chance to stay alive in the Semifinal against the winner between Smoke City and the Gores. Doors open at 4pm, and the first whistle sounds at 5. 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.

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our food vendor(s) and afterparty details for the night.

NOTICE: The Line 1 subway will be closed between St. George and Downsview this weekend so fans should plan accordingly.

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!