2018 Riverdale Bonspiel Registration


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Welcome Curlers!


2018 Riverdale Bonspiel Registration



Riverdale’s 2018 Do It On The Ice bonspiel, March 2-4, still has two open spots – register your team now to grab a spot!


Hello curlers,

In light of the unfortunate announcement last week [at the bottom of this post] delaying the start of the season, I wanted to provide an update on the schedule as well as provide some important information and administrative reminders.



Our first game of the season will be October 15th.  With respect to the Round 1 schedule, we will be moving the previously scheduled first game of the round to the last game of the round (i.e. games scheduled for October 1st will be played on December 3rd), but all remaining games in the round will remain unchanged.  An updated schedule will be posted shortly has now been posted, visit the Riverdale page now!

We have also confirmed that we will be maintaining our “playoff weekend” and finals banquet, which will now be scheduled for April 14th and 15th.


Beginners Clinic:

Unfortunately, at this time, we have not been able to reschedule the beginners’ clinic, as the planned club opening date has been pushed back once again to October 10th.  However, in speaking with the planning committee at the Royals, they are looking to schedule the clinic sometime during the week following the opening (we are tentatively looking at Saturday October 14th).  Once a date has been confirmed, all those who have registered for the clinic will be contacted with additional information.


Bell Rule:

You may have already seen a note posted on the original round 1 schedule, but I wanted to communicate to everyone the details of the change in the bell rule which we will be implementing this year.  The bell will now be rung (or deemed rung) after 1 hour and 35 minutes of play (i.e. 11:20am1:35pm3:50pm6:05pm). Previously, when the bell was rung, teams were not allowed to start another end.  However, this year once the bell is rung, teams will finish the end they are in and play one more end.  An end is considered complete when the final rock has been released, therefore, if the bell is rung after the last rock of an end has been released, teams will have the opportunity to play the next end, AND one additional end as the final end.  We are hoping that this change will encourage teams to maintain a faster pace that will allow for all eight ends of play, while still providing adequate time for ice maintenance and subsequent games to start on time.

Please ensure that you are on the ice and ready to start your game as soon as your sheet is clear.  If the game on your sheet is delayed, consider doing your coin toss and hand-shakes while you are waiting so that you are prepared to start as soon as the ice maintenance is complete. Keep your games moving by ensuring you are ready in the hack to throw your rocks, and helping to quickly clear rocks after each end (there is plenty of time to socialize after the game!).  We will be monitoring games for slow play, and will re-evaluate this rule should we notice games extending beyond their allotted time.


Liability Waivers:

If you haven’t sent in your liability waivers, please remember to bring them with you on your first game, and drop them off with one of the executive members.  A link to the waiver was provided in the original automated confirmation message during pre-registration, but if you’ve misplaced the email (or didn’t receive one), the waiver can be accessed through the following link:


FAQ Page:

Curious about how the points system works?  Wondering how you ended up in a higher division this year?  We have added an FAQ page to the website to answer questions we’ve received from the membership.  Check it out regularly, as we’ll continue to add to it throughout the season!


Again, I apologize for being the bearer of bad news and thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you on the ice!



Darren Sutherland

Vice President

Riverdale Curling League


Original post:

Hello curlers!

While I’m sure you’ve all been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, our curling club and ice makers have not been handling the heat wave quite so well. Due to the heat, the ice makers have been unable to get the ice bed cold enough to freeze properly. This has forced the club to delay opening until October 5th.

Unfortunately, this means we will have to delay the start of our season until after Thanksgiving, with the first game rescheduled for October 15th. In the meantime, the executive is working to find a solution for the scheduling that will ensure the same number of games, and maintain our playoff weekend and finals banquet. An updated season calendar and Round 1 schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

This also means that we will be cancelling the Beginner’s Clinic that was scheduled for October 2nd. While we hope to reschedule it for another date once the club has opened, this will be dependent on availability of ice time.

I apologize for the bad news, and appreciate your understanding. I know we’re all excited to get back on the ice!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly, or by email at


Darren Sutherland


2017 Member Survey Results

After our season ended, we asked for your feedback, and did you ever deliver! Check out the results below, and stay tuned for more from the Executive Committee throughout the next season!

(Click here for 2017_Riverdale_Survey_Results in PDF format)






As some of you may or may not have heard, Bell (and Rogers) have implemented a massive increase in cost for licensed establishments to carry TSN and Sportsnet.

For the Royals, we would be looking at a fee of over $300/month for those channels, on top of our regular tv bill.

Please take a few minutes to check out this website below and consider sending emails to the federal government members and Bell or Rogers asking them to cancel the increase in cable fees that will have a negative impact on all curling clubs!


Montreal Bonspiel and CGCC Update

Hello Toronto – a guest post from our friends in Montreal’s Curling Les Fous du Roi and Curling Les Phénix leagues:

gaycurl_logoMontreal’s Les Fous du Roi and Les Phénix have joined forces to host the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships (CGCC), in conjunction with our bonspiel The King’s Quest.

Both, the CGCC and the Bonspiel will be held February 10-11-12 at the Town of Mount-Royal Curling Club (5 Montgomery Avenue, Ville Mont-Royal). A shuttle service is in the works from the host hotel to the curling club.  

Some preliminary information:

Thursday evening February 9th is a first get together at a yetl to be announced bar in the Village. The evening will also serve as early registration.

As for games they are scheduled to start first thing Friday morning February 10th, and teams must complete their registration before games.

Friday evening, opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 pm with very special guests; also a Wine and Cheese will complement the evening.  

The Banquet is Saturday evening at John Molson Hall (1670 Notre-Dame street east, 5 minutes walking from the Stud Bar in the Village). For your benefit, the above link will provide you more info on the John Molson Hall. The evening ends with a nightcap at our sponsor Stud Bar, located at 1812 Ste-Catherine east.

Finals are scheduled for 3.30 pm on Sunday February 12th

Our host hotel is the Hôtel Lord Berri, located at 2 minutes walking distance the Metro Berri-UQAM. Code for reservation is CGCC 2017. Prices range from single and double 90$, triple occ. 100$, quadr. 110$.  Please reserve before January 26th 2017 by calling 1-888-363-0363 or 514-845-9236 . Complimentary breakfast is included.

We ask leagues to confirm before December 15th for the number of spots they are taking for the CGCC

Montreal will accept 16 teams for the Canadian Gay Curling Championships and 16 teams for the bonspiel The King’s Quest as well. Registration fees for CGCC are 500$/team of 4 and 440$/team of 4 for the Bonspiel. Fee in case of a fifth player is 100$ to cover cost of activities and Banquet.

Registrations for Bonspiel will open December 3rd 2016 on our website

Looking forward to see you in Montreal,

Denis Roy, President
Club de curling Les Fous du Roi

Guy Mazerolle, President
Club de curling Les Phénix

2017-2018 Riverdale season calendar posted

Riverdale curlers: you’ll notice something new in the 2016-2017 season calendar that Cam just posted… This year we will have a playoff weekend rather than two separate playoff weeks.

Often there’s a huge gap between playoff games depending on the timing of Easter and the club’s men’s spiel. That will not be an issue for us this year since all Riverdale playoff games will take place on the weekend of April 1-2, and our final banquet that Sunday evening — almost like a bonspiel.

Another handy benefit to this new schedule is that teams wishing to participate in the Ottawa bonspiel will be able to attend without missing the first game of Riverdale playoffs, like last year.

How will it work? Saturday will be like week 1 of playoffs…all of the quarter finals. And Sunday will be like week 2 of playoffs, with all semi-final and final games will taking place and followed by the final banquet and AGM.

Do you have suggestions for special activities or celebrations during our playoff weekend? Then talk to our Events Coordinator, Scott MacDougall.

We’re also planning something different for Sunday, February 19, which is the Family Day weekend.  It will not be a regular curling weekend as in the past…  Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!

Registration update

Pre-registration has been completed for both the Wednesday and Sunday curling leagues.

There are just 3 individual spots left in Wednesday’s Rotators Curling League…

And on Sunday, we still have room for 3 full teams, as well as a handful of individuals.

So if you’ve been waiting to join either league, come on out to Pegasus on Wednesday, September 14, for our registration night and season-opening party!

Reminder to pre-registered members:  September 14 is also your deadline to pay and secure your spot, so come on out, pay, and have a few drinks to warm up for the 2016-17 season.


Montreal’s BONSPIEL DES PHÉNIX registration is open

Registration for the Bonspiel des Phénix in Montreal has opened – visit their website for details at, and download the registration form here: Bonspiel Registratoin Form


Rotators Update

Pre-registration for the 2016-17 season will open this week.

Watch your inbox and your junk mail folder for more information in the coming days…

And as I said to Riverdale curlers, I hope everyone is enjoying the warm-weather break from curling (unless you participated in the East York summer spiel).  And despite the horrific events in Orlando early Sunday morning, I encourage you to stay positive, love and respect each other, and celebrate Pride this year proudly and without fear.

See you on the ice in October!


Murray Leaning
Rotators Curling League

Three Riverdale Updates


Hello Riverdale curlers,

I wrote to all 2015-16 members (that I had email addresses for) to update you on three league developments in the last couple of months.  If you didn’t receive that message, the email address we have for you is incorrect or missing — or perhaps check your junk mail folder.  Here are the updates:

Executive membership


Many of you may know that Joey Taylor has moved back to Ottawa for a work opportunity (among other reasons), and as a result, he resigned his position as vice president.  As per Article 4, Section E of our constitution, the executive committee chose to fill the vice president position with the appointment of Darren Sutherland, who was our treasurer.  And to fill the role of treasurer, the executive committee asked John Rooney if he was interested in taking on that role.  You may recall that John stood for election at our recent AGM and final banquet in April.  I’m pleased to tell you that John has accepted the offer and is now a member of your executive team.


Rock The Royals campaign


As you probably know, our curling club launched a fundraising campaign in mid-April to replace all of the 96 rocks that we play with each week on sheets A through F.  After a careful review of our finances and expected revenue/expenses for the 2016-17 curling season, the executive committee approved a sponsorship of twelve rocks – one for each colour on all six sheets.  This sponsorship demonstrates our league’s support for the curling club, and the club has been very grateful for that support in return.  Of course, this means that your curling team (and all curling teams in the club) will always be playing with a lucky Riverdale rock in the future…


Pre-registration for 2016-17


You executive committee has been busy since the end of the 2015-16 season in April.  We’ve already met twice, and we are preparing to open pre-registration for the 2016-17 season shortly.  Look for more information on this in the next few days!



In conclusion, I hope everyone is enjoying the warm-weather break from curling (unless you participated in the East York summer spiel).  And despite the horrific events in Orlando early Sunday morning, I encourage you to stay positive, love and respect each other, and celebrate Pride this year proudly and without fear.


See you on the ice in October!



Murray Leaning


Riverdale Curling League