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!