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2016 Boot Semifinal April 9!

Toronto Roller Derby 2016 Battle for the Boot Semifinal

On Saturday April 9, the 2016 Toronto Roller Derby Playoffs continue at the Bunker at Downsview Park with the 2016 Battle for the Boot Semifinal, between the Death Track Dolls and the surging Chicks Ahoy!. Game 1 that evening will feature the future of Toronto Roller Derby, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (D-VAS) hosting the Fresh Meat squad from our neighbours down the way, Hammer City Roller Girls from Hamilton.

Game 1 – D-VAS vs Hammer City

This will be the first D-VAS game of 2016, and you know they are itching to draw first blood, as they take on Hammer City. As Toronto Roller Derby’s newest members, the D-VAS represent the future of ToRD (as Hammer City’s fresh meat represents theirs) and you might be witnessing the emergence of tomorrow’s all-stars! In fact, some members of the Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars who played at Quad City Chaos were on the D-VAS only last year. Don’t miss this chance to see the future of Toronto Roller Derby today!

Game 2 – The Semifinal – Dolls vs Chicks

Then in game 2, the 2016 Battle for the Boot playoffs continue with the Semifinal. The Death Track Dolls finished 3rd in the regular season standings (1-2), and in the 3-4 game of the 2016 Quarterfinals eliminated the 4th-place Smoke City Betties (0-3) to get to this game. Meanwhile, the Chicks Ahoy! finished in first place in the regular season going 3-0, and played the 1-2 game at the March 12 Quarterfinals. There the 2nd-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls (2-1) came out on top; the Chicks however live to fight another day, as they 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 X in June.

What’s next? After the Semifinal, ToRD will be on a short break as we gear up for other events on the road, including Montreal’s Beast of the East. And then June 11, our home season all comes down to this, Battle for the Boot X, our 10th home team championship in this, our 10th season. The Gore-Gore Rollergirls have already qualified for the Battle for the Boot, making their 9th appearance in the big game (they only missed 2013). Who will they be taking on? To find out, be at the Bunker on April 9th for this thrilling Semifinal! Doors open at 4pm. Advance tickets available at our outlets, or on Brown Paper Tickets here. RSVP to the facebook event page for the Semifinal for up to the minute event updates!

Battle for the Boot X – Quarterfinals, March 12

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Our 2016 home team regular season wrapped up on February 20, and now we look ahead to the Battle for the Boot playoffs, which will culminate in Battle for the Boot X in June. Scroll down for a short recap of the regular season-closing doubleheader; first, what’s in store for the Quarterfinals!

This year, the Battle for the Boot Playoffs will follow a traditional Page Playoffs structure. First up, the Quarterfinals on Saturday March 12! In the first game at 5pm, the 3rd place Death Track Dolls face the 4th place Smoke City Betties; the winner will advance to the Semifinal on April 9. In the second game at 7pm, the 1st place Chicks Ahoy! play the 2nd place Gore-Gore Rollergirls; the winner will advance directly to Battle for the Boot X on June 11, while the other team gets a second chance to stay alive in the Semifinal against the winner between the Dolls and Smoke City. 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.

February 20 recap

February 20 Game 1: Death Track Dolls 224 – Smoke City Betties 132

Toronto Roller Derby March 12 2016

Kil’her at Large looks to get around the Dolls’ Bomber. Photo by Neil Gunner

Both these teams, who combined have captured the last 3 Battle for the Boot championships in a row, were looking for their first victories of the season. Smoke City got on the board first with a strong 10-0 jam by Caume-a-Kazi. On the very next jam, however, Getcha Kicks took advantage of a power jam for the Dolls and put up a 24-0 jam, putting the Dolls up 24-10 after 2 jams. Smoke City got within 2 points, but then another Dolls power jam allowed them to pull away again to 35-22 after 5 jams; halfway through the first half the Dolls lead had grown to 49-37. At points in the first half the Dolls had leads of up to 40 points but were not yet able to pull away; a big 27-4 jam by Caume-a-Kazi kept Smoke City in it going into the half down 101-85. In the second half, the Dolls started to pull away, going 36-4 on the first 5 jams to take a 137-89 lead. As the period went on, Smoke City’s short bench (due to injuries they started the game with only 11 skaters) began to take its toll, as both Jammerhead Shark and Mia Culprit fouled out, and the Dolls sealed the deal with their first victory of the season, claiming 3rd place in the standings.

February 20 Game 2: Chicks Ahoy! 180 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls 168

Toronto Roller Derby March 12 2016

Lexi Con (front) and Banshee (rear) both had huge games. Photo by Neil Gunner

For the first time since 2012, ToRD’s biggest rivals (historically speaking) were going head to head to settle first place over all in the standings, with both holding identical 2-0 records, and similar point differentials, going into the match. And boy did these two teams deliver. A classic battle that went down to the final whistle which had fans in the Bunker on the feet, featuring multiple lead changes in the second half. Why tell you about it when you can see it for yourself? This game was streamed live on layer9.ca with a full broadcast setup, and you can watch the archived footage, featuring Pink Slamminade and Mr Whistler on the call, on layer9.ca here.

And then make your way over to Brown Paper Tickets to pick up your tickets for the Quarterfinals on March 12. With rematches of this most recent doubleheader, you know this is going to be an event you do NOT want to miss!

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


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!

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!


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!

2015 Boot Quarterfinal brings date change, venue change

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Remaining Schedule Quarterfinal

Toronto Roller Derby is coming downtown for the 2015 Battle for the Boot Quarterfinal, now scheduled for May 2 at Ted Reeve Arena! Here’s what you need to know:

What’s the date?

While the Quarterfinal was originally set for May 9, a scheduling conflict has led us to change not only the date but also the location. Ticket holders and Season Pass holders will see the old date on their tickets, but there is no Toronto Roller Derby event on May 9, and tickets and passes will be honoured instead on Saturday May 2.

Where is Ted Reeve Arena?

Ted Reeve Arena is located at 175 Main Street at Gerrard – just south of the Main Street subway station on the Line 2 Bloor-Danforth line. There is ample, free parking on the premises. Ted Reeve Arena is a year-round sports complex, complete with permanent tiered seating and snack bar, where our skaters and fans will be easily accommodated. As usual, you can sit up in the stands or sit trackside – bring a blanket or folding chair if you prefer the latter! Toronto Roller Derby has held Clam Slam at Ted Reeve the past two years, and will be doing so again on June 25 for this year’s edition.

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Who’s playing on May 2?

This event marks the first time since 2009 that Toronto Roller Derby is hosting a home team event in a hockey arena – we’re going back to our roots for this one! And what better way to do that than to bring you the first event of the 2015 Battle for the Boot Playoffs. The Quarterfinal is a new addition to our playoff structure this year, and pits the regular season 3rd and 4th-place teams – the Smoke City Betties and Chicks Ahoy!, respectively – going head-to-head, with the winner advancing to the Semifinal on May 23, where they will take on the the 2nd-place Death Track Dolls.

The second game of the night will feature ToRD’s B team the Bay Street Bruisers hosting Plan B from Tri-City Roller Derby. Thus far in 2015, the Bruisers have a perfect 4-0 record, and are looking to continue that run against a tough opponent from Tri-City.

4pm: Doors open

5pm: Smoke City Betties vs Chicks Ahoy! 2015 Boot Quarterfinal

7pm: Bay Street Bruisers vs Tri-City Plan B


Advance tickets are available at the following ticket outlets for $12:

  • 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

Online advance tickets are available here, also $12 (with discounts on 4-packs and 10-packs).

Tickets will also be available at the door for $18 – so get yours in advance and save!
Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event as they become available!