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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!

Toronto Roller Derby rolls into 9th season

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TORONTO ROLLER DERBY ROLLS INTO 9TH SEASON

Toronto Roller Derby’s 9th Season Begins Saturday January 17th at the Bunker, in Downsview Park – But will the season end there?

TORONTO -Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD) kicks off its 9th season this Saturday Jan. 17 at 5 pm at the Downsview Park Bunker with a doubleheader featuring Toronto’s beloved home teams; last season’s league champions the Death Track Dolls, plus The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, The Smoke City Betties, and Chicks Ahoy!

The first game begins at 5 p.m. with The Gores and The Dolls battling once again. They last met in the 2014 Battle for The Boot (our championship game), in which the Dolls came out on top. Fur will fly and blood will splatter in this rematch. Then at 7 pm, it’s the shakedown between The Chicks and The Betties. With new draft picks, new lines and off-season training the Chicks will be working to anchor a secure win, but this season’s Betties are scrappier and armed with a new game. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; can the seafaring Chicks douse the flames?

ToRD’s Jan. 17 season opener marks the start of six months full of competitive roller derby action, with some of the toughest athletes in the GTA donning their roller skates and showing you what heart is. The largest flat-track roller derby league in Canada, ToRD is made up of over 120 active skaters who compete locally and internationally, including 40 skaters under the age of 18 in our affiliate Junior league, Toronto Jr. Roller Derby (TJRD). The skaters you see on the track are the same that serve on our Board of Directors, coordinate our bouts, book the halftime shows, sell t-shirts, set up the stands and publicize each game.

Our 9th year promises to be the toughest one yet. Our current home is at Downsview Park, fondly known as The Bunker amongst our fans, but new demands on the space and changes in the Park have us searching for a new home. This means that come April, as our playoffs begin, our league will be without a space in which to practice and play.

“Roller derby is like nothing else. Since it came to Toronto it’s consistently grown, attracting new skaters, fans and volunteers. It has truly changed the lives of so many people who have been involved over the years. In order to continue to engage so many people in our city with this unique sport, we need a space we can do that in,” said ToRD President Mazel Tough, who skates with The Betties.

Skaters have been working around the clock to save the 2015 season and find ToRD a new home, but we have yet to find a good fit. With so many sports and community groups vying for space to play and gather, coupled with the high costs of renting appropriate space, carving out a place for roller derby has proven to be a difficult challenge. So now we’re asking you for help. If you rent, own, sell or use space that meets the following requirements please get in touch with us at pr@torontorollerderby.com

What ToRD needs:

  • Roughly 20,000 square feet for bouting space (room for fans and vendors) for up to $10,000 per month
  • Accessible fan seating and washrooms for capacity of 1500-4000
  • Good air quality and lighting
  • Space for vendors and sponsors’ signage
  • Location must be within the City of Toronto with TTC access and parking available

“We (ToRD) are really hopeful that the community in Toronto who support what we do will rally to help us find a space to keep doing what we do. Because what we do is pretty amazing, empowering and great to watch,” said Mazel Tough.

Help us make sure we make it to season 10 and we’ll keep the good times rolling – literally.

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Media Contacts:
Mazel Tough (aka Elissa Hermolin elissahermolin@hotmail.com 647-280-3593)
Android W.K. (aka Nicole Maxwell)
pr@torontorollerderby.com
Photos available upon request.

Event Details:
Address for The Bunker: 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3
Doors open at 4 p.m.
First bout Gores/Dolls starts at 5 p.m.
Second bout Chicks/Betties starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets available at the door for $18 or advance purchase online for $12
Licensed Event
After Party: Two Bite Saloon (840 Bloor St. West) @ 10:30 pm

Chicks vs Gores this Saturday!

This Saturday make your way up to Downsview Park to catch our hard-hitting return in 2014! The Chicks Ahoy will be taking on the Gore Gore Rollergirls in the opening act of double header action.

Act 2 of the intense action will feature a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby! See the future of roller derby in your city on the track. Both bouts are included in your one admission ticket!

DOORS: 5pm
CHICKS VS GORES: 6pm
TJRD vs AJRD: 8pm

Bring a blanket, folding chair, whatever and on the floor right up near the action! Bleacher seating is also available for a higher viewpoint. Merchandise, food and beverages will be available at the game.

Tickets are available in advance on-line and in stores, and will also be available at the door.

UPDATE: Excellent eats for the event will be provided by Mike’s Dog House. The after party kicks off after the last bout and takes place at Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St W.

2014 Home Opener – Jan 25th!

We’re back for another jam-packed (get it?) year of Toronto Roller Derby action, kicking off the evening of January 25th! This double header will see the Chicks Ahoy face off against the Gore Gore Rollergirls, followed by a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby!

Tickets to the event are on sale now both in stores and online. Buy in advance to save! Visit the Facebook event here.

ToRD Releases 2014 Schedule, Tickets On Sale Now!

Toronto Roller Derby is pleased to announce their 2014 winter and spring home season schedule:

JAN 25 – Season opener! Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls & TJRD
MAR 1 – Smoke City Betties vs. Chicks Ahoy! & Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Death Track Dolls
APR 5 – Death Track Dolls vs. Smoke City Betties
MAY 24 – Chicks Ahoy vs. Death Track Dolls
JUN 7 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Betties

Much exciting! So sports! Want see!

Note: Single headers are subject to change into double headers at a moment’s notice (yay more derby!).

CN Power, Bay St Bruisers, and DVAS games will be announced shortly into the new year. Semi-finals and Battle for the Boot are anticipated to take place in the fall, and will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets at special holiday pricing! In addition to individual games, Quad Flex Pass and Season Pass options are back for 2014. Passes can be purchased by clicking here.

Quad Flex Pass: The Quad Flex Pass provides 4 entries into any regularly priced game held at the Bunker, including Battle for the Boot. Use the entries however you like – 4 x 1 entry, 2 x 2 entries, 3 then 1 entry. Price is $44 (plus service charge). Available until January 7th, or while quantities last.

Season Pass: Includes all ToRD home team games, including semis and champs, plus one bonus game which can be used for a friend or for a game not listed on the card and hosted at the Bunker. Pass holders will get a discounted door entry for games hosted by ToRD at the Bunker that are not listed on the pass (exceptions may apply). Available until Jaunary 7th at the holiday sale price of $60 plus service fee – regular price is $68 plus fees.

Battle for the Boot 2013

It’s just a few more sleeps away folks, the championship game of our 7th season, Battle for the Boot 2013, featuring the Death Track Dolls vs the Smoke City Betties!

15JUN2013Who will take the Boot away from last year’s champions, the Chicks Ahoy? Break out your reds and blues, it’s going to be a good one.

DOORS 6:30PM
BOUT 7:30PM

Get your tickets now in stores and online; limited ticket sales may be available at the door. Come when the doors open and you’ll be treated to a surprise; Toronto Junior Roller Derby will be playing a 30 minute exhibition bout starting at 6:45PM. These ladies might just be the future of ToRD, and you can see them at the Bunker on Saturday.

The official after party is at the Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St W; it’s also a fundraiser for the DVAS, so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll.

ALSO: During the championship game as part of a CN Power fundraiser we will be auctioning off some custom helmets designed by students at Oasis (OSF) Skateboard Factory. Provided and sponsored by Rollerbug Skate Co. Come check them out at Cardinal Skate.

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ToRD Wins June 8th

This past weekend for the ToRD farm and travel teams was a busy and victorious one.

CN Power and the Bay Street Bruisers traveled to Bloomington, IN to take on the A and B teams from the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, and what exciting nail biters both games were! The games were everything you could want from a bout; exciting plays, lead changes, cheering crowds. Both games came down to the last jam to decide the victor, and ToRD would take them both.

Final Score: Bay Street Bruisers 180 – 177 Code Blue Assassins
Final Score: CN Power 147 – 145 Flatliners

CN Power also played a hangover bout against Demolition City Roller Derby on Sunday morning.

Final Score: CN Power 234 – 90 Dynamite Dolls

Closer to home, the DVAS were in Peterborough facing off against the Peterborough Roller Derby Jamazons, and bringing home the bacon.

Final score: DVAS 219 – 139 Jamazons

Not to be outdone, our little sisters Toronto Junior Roller Derby also had a great game against Alliston Junior Roller Derby.

Final Score: TJRD 199 – 193 Blister Sisters

Next up, Battle for the Boot, ToRD’s championship bout, is happening next Saturday, June 15th. Doors at 6:30, TJRD preview at 6:45, bout at 7:30. Get your tickets in advance to guarantee entry!