Thank you Tile

2018 Frostbite Bonspiel – Thank you for your support


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


Welcome Curlers!


Beginner’s Clinic

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

Be sure to email [email protected] if you have not yet registered for the clinic.


Riverdale & Rotators Registration is TONIGHT!

The festivities begin at 7pm, but many people arrive earlier to try to secure a scarce spot! Find the list either at the bar or with Cameron (look for a pink unicorn t-shirt and a black laptop). If you’re not successful in getting on a team, make sure you get on the waiting list and spare list!

2018 Pre-Registration for Returning Curlers is OpenCLOSED!

Hello Riverdale member,
Hope you’ve been enjoying your summer so far!  With Pride and Canada Day coming up quickly, we figure you MUST be ready to start thinking about curling again, right?!
1 payment of $345, or
2 payments of $190 (total = $380)
  1. Pre-registration for returning Riverdale curlers will start JUNE 20, 2018 and will close on August 31, 2018. 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, based on the time and date the online registration is received. (Prioritization diagram)
    • Pre-registration must be completed by ONE team member using the following link: You will be asked to provide your team members’ contact information; this will help us ensure our contact list is current – please make every effort to ensure all contact information is filled out accurately. Please note: online pre-registration requests, and automated acknowledgement emails, are NOT confirmations of registration. We will confirm your team’s successful pre-registration by email no later than September 8, 2018.
    • Fifth players do not count as “returning” members for pre-registration priority.
    • Once your team’s pre-registration has been confirmed, payment must be made by Interac money transfer, PayPal or cheque/cash to complete your registration.
      • If you wish to pay by Interac money transfer or PayPal, a link will be sent to you once your team’s pre-registration is confirmed.
      • If you wish to pay by cheque, after you have received your pre-registration confirmation, you may mail your cheque to Riverdale Curling League c/o Stephen Courteau, 504-2 Sultan Street, Toronto ON, M5S 1L7.
      • You may also pay by cash or cheque at registration night on September 13, 2018 at Pegasus.
      • A minimum payment of $190 per player must be received by Thursday, September 13, 2018 in order to complete your registration and secure your team’s spot in the league.


  2. The annual registration night for new curlers will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00PM at Pegasus (489 Church Street).
  3. The date for our annual beginners’ clinic is still being scheduled, but will be communicated at a later date.
  4. The first day of curling for Riverdale is tentatively scheduled (depending on weather and ice) for September 30, 2018. Check the season calendar for the full season schedule and new draw times!

If you haven’t already done so, please join our Facebook group, or follow us on Twitter (@gaycurl), and check out the website regularly for the season calendar, updates and other news.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to seeing you on the ice in October!


Darren Sutherland

Vice President
Riverdale Curling League

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

2017-2018 Playoff Schedule Posted

The final results for 2017-2018 and the playoff schedule for April 14-15 have been posted to the Riverdale members page.

Most teams will play one game SATURDAY April 14, with winners continuing on Sunday April 15.

Don’t forget the season-ending banquet Sunday evening!

2018 Frostbite Bonspiel – Thank you for your support

Thank you Tile


Riverdale’s 2018 Do It On The Ice Committee would like to thank all participants and sponsors for making this year’s bonspiel a success.


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 [email protected]


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