Riverdale Executive Nominations Update

Here is an update on the number of nominations received by Murray for each role so far. President: 1 Vice-President: 1 Secretary: 1 Treasurer: 1 Drawmaster: 2 Member Relations Coordinator: 1 External Relations Coordinator (nationals): 2 Comms Coordinator (website, email): 1 […]


2019 Heat Wave Bonspiel – Thank You


Riverdale Spare Rules Diagram


Photos from 10th annual CGCC & 27th annual DIOTI

The photos from every day of the Riverdale Bonspiel and the CGCC are available to share!


The secret of good sweeping


Riverdale Executive Nominations Update


Here is an update on the number of nominations received by Murray for each role so far.

  • President: 1
  • Vice-President: 1
  • Secretary: 1
  • Treasurer: 1
  • Drawmaster: 2
  • Member Relations Coordinator: 1
  • External Relations Coordinator (nationals): 2
  • Comms Coordinator (website, email): 1
  • Events Coordinator (bonspiels, banquets): 1

Last update 2019-03-31 4:20pm

Every position on the Executive Committee is up for nomination and election each year. To learn more the roles, check out the By-Laws, or ask the current executive member and they’ll share their experiences. Four members of the current Executive Committee are retiring from their roles, so if you’re interested be sure to put your name in the hat!

Nominations close SUNDAY AT 6PM. Forms are available here or on the piano at the club.

Ottawa’s Over The Rainbow Bonspiel, and the 2019 Canadian Gay Curling Championship!

OTRB and CGCC are on this weekend – you can see results and playoff matchups here:


2019 Heat Wave Bonspiel Results


Scores will be posted to the Heat Wave Bonspiel Results page. Check back for results throughout the weekend. Good curling!

2019 Heat Wave Bonspiel – Thank You



The Do It On The Ice Bonspiel Committee would like to thank all participants for making this year’s bonspiel the hottest spiel yet.



2019 Heat Wave Sponsors.

2019 Heat Wave Sponsors.

2019 National Championships and Ottawa Bonspiel Update

Once again this year, the Rainbow Rockers, Ottawa’s LGBTQ-friendly curling league, will be hosting the Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC) & Over the Rainbow Bonspiel (OTRB) from March 21-24, 2019 at the Ottawa Curling Club.

The OTRB will be a 24-team bonspiel; all teams are guaranteed 4 games, three pool games, and one event game. Breakfast and a banquet dinner on Saturday are included in the entry fee of $420 for both the OTRB & CGCC. The CGCC will be 16 teams with a representative from across Canada we are looking forward to hosting you in Ottawa.

Registration will be open as of Saturday, December 15th at noon for out of town teams only. The Ottawa registration will take place on January 19 at noon for the CGCC & OTRB. We ask that you complete the online registration at http://www.rainbowrockers.org and then send an Interac e-transfer to treasurer@rainbowrockers.ca no later than January 12 at 6 p.m for out of town teams and Feb 2 at 6 pm for Ottawa teams. Should you wish to send a cheque (the deadlines must still be respected), you may send it to the following address, made payable to the Rainbow Rockers Curling League:

OTRB Treasurer
c/o Steve Horwood
221 North River Rd
Ottawa ON K1L 8B6

Spots are limited, so register early!

Please note that no registration will be considered complete until payment has been received. Once received, we will send you an email informing you that your registration has been accepted. Please remember to put your team name in the comments portion of any e-transfer or on your cheque. Please, one payment per team.

It is important to know that the bonspiel schedule has games starting on Thursday at 8 a.m. All teams will play a minimum of one game on opening day; every effort will be made to accommodate out-of-town teams, but unfortunately, there can be no guarantee of a late start. Once registrations are closed, your schedule will be posted on the website by Feb 9th early enough so that your teams may make appropriate travel arrangements.

Of course, this year’s host hotel is again the Victoria Suites Best Western Hotel located on O’Connor Street at Gladstone Avenue.

A rate is being confirmed and will be updated in a follow-up email.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Ottawa Curling Club March 21th!
Respectfully yours,

Natalie Lloyd
Chair, 2019 CGCC & OTRB Organizing Committee

Cette année encore, la ligue de curling pro-LGBTQ d’Ottawa les Rainbow Rockers accueillera le Championnat gai de curling du Canada (CGCC) et le bonspiel « Over the Rainbow » (BOTR) du 21 au 24 mars 2019 au Ottawa Curling Club.

Chacune des 24 équipes participant au BOTR aura au moins quatre matchs, dont trois matchs de poule et un match en phase éliminatoire. Les frais d’inscription de 420 $ par équipe, tant pour le CGCC que pour le BOTR, comprennent le déjeuner du samedi matin et le banquet du samedi soir. Le CGCC comptera 16 équipes représentant toutes les régions du Canada. Nous avons hâte de vous accueillir à Ottawa!

Les équipes extérieures seulement pourront s’inscrire dès midi le samedi 15 décembre. L’inscription locale aura lieu dès midi le 19 janvier, tant pour le CGCC que pour le BOTR. Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir remplir le formulaire d’inscription au http://www.rainbowrockers.org puis envoyer un virement Interac au treasurer@rainbowrockers.ca avant 18 heures le 12 janvier pour les équipes extérieures, et avant 18 heures le 2 février pour les équipes d’Ottawa. Si vous préférez envoyer un chèque à l’ordre des « Rainbow Rockers » (tout en respectant les échéances), vous pouvez l’envoyer à l’adresse suivante :

Trésorier du BOTR
a/s Steve Horwood
221 North River Road
Ottawa ON K1L 8B6

Les places sont limitées, alors inscrivez-vous tôt!

Veuillez noter que l’inscription n’est considérée comme étant complète que sur réception du paiement. Une fois votre paiement reçu, nous vous enverrons un courriel confirmant votre inscription. N’oubliez pas de mettre le nom de votre équipe dans la section réservée aux observations, dans le cas d’un virement électronique, ou à l’endos de votre chèque. SVP, un seul paiement par équipe.

Il est important de noter que les premiers matchs auront lieu le jeudi à 8 heures. Toutes les équipes auront au moins un match le premier jour. Nous ferons notre possible pour prendre en compte les souhaits des équipes extérieures, mais nous ne pouvons garantir à l’avance que votre premier match commencera plus tard. Une fois l’inscription close, nous afficherons l’horaire des matchs sur notre site Web dans un délai qui vous permettra d’organiser vos déplacements en conséquence.

Naturellement, encore une fois cette année, l’hôtel d’accueil est l’hôtel Best Western Victoria Suites, situé rue O’Connor, angle avenue Gladstone. Nous sommes en train de confirmer le tarif et vous en mettrons au courant dans un courriel ultérieur.

Au plaisir de vous voir tous au Ottawa Curling Club le 21 mars!

Respectueusement vôtre,

Natalie Lloyd
Présidente du comité organisateur des CGCC & BOTR 2019

Montreal’s Fall Bonspiel Details

Bonspiel Cleghorn-Phénix 2018-9

Our friends in Montreal send details on the first LGBT bonspiel of the season!

It is with great pleasure that Les Phénix invite you to join us for our annual Bonspiel that we will host in association of the Open Double league of TMR curling club that will host the Cleghorn bonspiel. The Bonspiel des Phénix will take place at the great Town of Mount Royal curling club, where we have host the Canadian Gay Curling Championship

Please find at left the invitation – click to enlarge! – containing the details and registration form to their Bonspiel, being held the weekend of November 9-11th, 2018.

If you have any question, feel free to contact them at bonspiel@curlinglesphenix.com

Riverdale Round 1 Schedule Posted

broom headsReady to get on the ice? Just 2 weeks left to clean your shoes, replace your broom head, and find your name tag!

Update your calendar: Round 1 has been posted on the Riverdale members page

Need a new broom head? Ask at the Royals bar before your first game

New member and need a name tag? Visit the order form on the Riverdale members page

Broom Clarification

Emails this week included details on which brooms / brush heads are allowed on the ice at the Royals this year, but due to an editing error we created a little confusion for skips. Just to ensure clarity, we are not allowing the following devices for sweeping:

  • hair brushes
  • corn brooms
  • Hardline brooms with plastic inserts

The Skips email included a link to the World Curling Federation’s rules as context, but we are not following the WCF rules which are far more restrictive. If any questions, email riverdale@gaycurl.ca any time!

Beginner’s Clinic

Riverdale & Rotators Beginners Clinic: Monday October 1, from 6:30-8:30.

Be sure to email riverdale@gaycurl.ca if you have not yet registered for the clinic.


Update on 2018-2019 Season Fees

Last week the Riverdale Curling League Executive Committee met to begin preparations for the upcoming season, and discussed many topics including registration, member communications, and budgets. After reviewing some financial details, it was decided by the committee to share those details with current and potential members ahead of opening pre-registration for the 2018-19 season.
We have been advised that the Royal Canadian Curling Club is increasing our ice rental fees by 17% for next year. Ice rental fees are about 75% of our annual spending, so the executive decided that we must increase our membership fees to avoid a budget shortfall. Full-year fees will be increasing to $345 per member, and half-year fees will increase to $190.
While we were able to maintain fees at $275 for many years by cutting or eliminating costs to offset ice fee increases, now that ice fees represent a more significant portion of our total expenses, we need to increase league fees in order to maintain a balanced budget.  The following graph shows the increase in ice rental fees charged by the club compared to Riverdale fee increases over the last nine seasons:  


The Executive Committee is working to give you a great curling experience at the most reasonable cost.  While we realize that this news comes after having increased fees last season, through our discussions with the club, we do not anticipate any significant increases in ice rental fees for the next few years, and therefore we hope to minimize future membership fee increases.   As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other topic, please feel free to reach out to myself or any member of the Executive Committee.
On another note, we will be opening pre-registration for returning members (full paid members from the prior season) on Monday June 19th – as a reminder, priority will be given to teams with 3 or more returning members; teams with fewer than 3 returning members will be prioritized on a pre-registration waiting list until the end of the pre-registration period.  Watch for another email with additional details once the pre-registration site is open!  
Wishing you all a great summer, and looking forward to another great season! 
Darren Sutherland
Vice President
Riverdale Curling League