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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.

Riverdale Spare Rules Diagram


Riverdale’s executive committee has released a new set of sparing rules (click here to view!) to simplify and clarify best practices. We hope this helps reduce confusion and keep competition balanced. Please contact any executive member if any questions!

Photos from 10th annual CGCC & 27th annual DIOTI




A message from
our amazing member
and super photographer
Gerry Lewis!



Hi curlers!

The photos from every day of the Riverdale Bonspiel and the CGCC are available to share. If you know anyone who’s not on Facebook, here are the direct links for each of the albums:

Thursday – Opening Ceremonies & Opening Draws:

Friday – Round Robin Draws & Sofonda Performance:

Saturday – Elimination Round & Playoffs

Sunday – Finals & Banquet

Enjoy the photos!


Some new amazing photos have arrived as well from Jennifer Girard – check them out here:

(you can download these by clicking the “…” icon at bottom right on any photo)

The secret of good sweeping


Check out these great blog posts by Scott Arnold on sweeping secrets and the heat generated by your broom – with infrared video! – and sweeping fabrics and how they can improve your game.

Researchers at the University of Western of Ontario have been studying sweeping and trying to determine exactly what it does to the path of a curling stone.

Key findings:

  • A mathematical formula was created to predict where the stone would stop based on its velocity and rotation as it crossed the hogline. It was found that top sweepers could extend the path of the stone by 6 to 7 feet over the final 1/3 of the sheet.
  • With the help of the infrared camera, it was determined that an “old school” type angle of brushing [45-90 degrees] created a more even heating pattern which will ultimately have a greater effect on the path of the stone.
  • If any sweepers are beyond three feet in front of the stone, the effects of heating are minimized or lost. As well, there is no increase in ice temperature in front of the stone with a third sweeper.
  • Canada’s top teams on tour will change their broom heads 2-4 times per game. Club curlers should know that they need to purchase a couple of replacement broom heads each season. After a game or two, take off one head and replace it with the other. Take the used head home and clean it with a scrub brush, soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Let it air dry for a couple of days and it will be ready to be rotated with the head on the broom.

Welcome Curlers!


Curling is a great way to beat the winter blahs and enjoy some of the social interaction that sets the sport apart from others.

Toronto’s gay curling leagues provide people of all orientations with a unique and friendly way to beat the winter blues.

Since 1962, gay curlers have been enjoying the sport in growing numbers. Currently, Rotators has 14 teams and Riverdale has 56 teams.

Whether you’re a novice or an established curler, the gay curling leagues welcome you. Both leagues offer a variety of competition ranging from very recreational to fairly competitive.

Each league also hosts an annual bonspiel. Rotators’ spiel takes place in November, and Riverdale’s spiel is held in March.

Click here to download the brochure for the 2012-13 Riverdale and Rotators Curling Leagues (.PDF, Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Start Curling!


Interested in curling? The great website features everything you need to know about curling, including fun commercials filmed at the Royal Canadian Curling Club – check it out!