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


Welcome Curlers!


Reminder: Circle the Winner!

The final standings and win/loss grid for 2013 have been posted in the Riverdale section of the website, but there’s a small problem: fully 1/4 of December 15th’s games have no winner circled, so the standings aren’t correct!

Please remember to circle the winner. The winning Vice should ensure this is completed, but anybody is allowed to circle if they get there first. Please help our drawmaster’s completely volunteer and not easy job!

Questions? Ask any exec member any time!

(who’s on the exec? check out the contact page of the website!)

Registration open for Vancouver’s PacRim Cup

From our friends at Pacific Rim Curling League:

This January, the greatest curlers in the world gather in fabulous Las Vegas for the Continental Cup. The gayest curlers in the world gather in Fabulous Van Vegas for the Pac Rim Cup. Where will you be?
The 31st edition of our signature curling bonspiel takes place at the Vancouver Curling Club from January 24 to 26, 2014, and is only $360 for a 4-player team.  
  • 32 teams, 3 games guaranteed
  • Cash prizes in four events
  • Saturday night banquet
  • First draw Friday 6:30 pm or 9:00 pm

Find out more and register your team today at: prcl.ca/pacrimcup

The bonspiel coincides with WinterPRIDE in Whistler.  Enjoy a fabulous weekend of curling, then hit the slopes of Whistler, dance to the hottest DJs, and help crown Mr. Gay Canada!  Learn more at gaywhistler.com.

See you on the ice in January!

Check out our upgraded mobile website!

IMG_2830We’ve upgraded our mobile website! Use your smartphone to visit http://toronto.gaycurl.ca any time to check contact lists, spare lists, and schedules.

Suggestions for content or improvements are welcome any time – just email webmaster@gaycurl.ca!










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.

Join the OutSport Toronto SCRUM!


OUTSPORT TORONTO is holding  its 4th annual SCRUM – the conference for Toronto’s LGBT sports and recreation community – from November 22nd to November 23rd.

The keynote speaker is the courageous co-president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, Konstantin Iablotckii, and will be delivering a much anticipated keynote speech on Friday night.

Plus, leadership session for LGBT youth will be all about the participants helping us shape some of Toronto’s upcoming mega-events like World Pride and the Pan / Parapan Am Games. Workshops and networking opportunities will allow you to experience powerful messages to inspire you, and provide hands-on learning, enabling a stronger and more successful LGBT sport and recreation community.

Register today at www.OutSportToronto.org/conference/Scrum-2013 !

[Note: this is the same weekend as the Rotators bonspiel!]

Practice Ice Availability


Getting your team ready for the season? There is some practice ice time available for you to take advantage of this season!

1. All brand new curlers who signed up are reminded of the Beginners’ Clinic on October 5, 2013, at 9:30am. If you didn’t sign up but wish to attend, contact riverdale@gaycurl.ca before September 30th, 2013.

2. On October 5, 2013 from 2-5pm, there is free practice ice available for all new and returning members at Royal Canadian Curling Club.

3. Your executive committee has negotiated free access to the weekly practice ice at the Royals for the 2013-2014 season, on Mondays from 5:00pm until 6:30pm, and on Tuesdays from 5:30pm until 6:20pm. Regular scheduled practice ice will begin on October 7th, 2013.

For all members making use of practice ice, please follow these guidelines:

  • Share the ice with others – take turns, or play an end together!
  • Limit your practice time, and be sure to ask in the clubhouse if anyone is waiting to practice
  • Adhere to any practice ice policy implemented by the Club

Not sure how to practice? Here are some practice drill ideas to try.

2013-2014 Registration has now closed

Thank you everyone for the incredible, unprecedented interest in joining Riverdale & Rotators! In 2013-2014 we will welcome 29 new Riverdale members, and 195 returning members from last year.

This year we had a record number of teams trying to return to the league, plus a record number of people on the waiting list. It’s becoming more and more challenging to find space for everyone who wants to participate, and there are disappointed would-be-curlers every year.

The Executive Committee will be reviewing every aspect of both the early registration process and the new curler registration to ensure we are approaching each step fairly and consistently. We will also be improving the amount of information and transparency about how placement decisions are made.

If you have suggestions for changes that you would like us to discuss, please comment here! (you can register at the bottom of the page if you want to comment) Many other sports leagues and groups use different methods, and we shouldn’t assume that any one group has the only possible approach.

Thank you again for your amazing enthusiasm, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the ice very soon.

Communications Coordinator, Riverdale League

Early registration for returning curlers has closed

Early registration for all returning Riverdale and Rotators curlers has closed – if you still wish to curl please join us September 12th at Pegasus at 6:30pm to try and snag one of the few remaining spots, or to get on the clinic signup list, the spare list, or the waiting list!

2013-2014 Pre-registration is Open


Happy summer, Riverdale and Rotators curlers!

Pre-registration has now opened for the 2013-2014 season for all returning curlers! See our Registration page for more details.

Registration night for all new curlers is September 12, 2013. For early calendar updaters, here is Riverdale’s Season Calendar.

Important Notes:

  • Toronto playdowns for the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships (CGCC) will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, the same weekend as the Vancouver bonspiel
  • Riverdale finals day (and banquet) are Sunday, April 6, 2014, the same weekend as the CGCC in Edmonton

The executive committee was unhappy with these scheduling conflicts, but due to ice availability the only other option was to end the season one week earlier, which meant less curling for all 56 teams. It was decided that the best approach would be more curling for all teams, and early notification for any teams that choose to participate in the Toronto playdowns and the CGCC/Edmonton Bonspiel to help them plan their season.

New web server installed!

Welcome to the new web server! Everything should be roughly the same as last month, but everything should work much faster!

(If you spot any problems just comment below, or email webmaster@gaycurl.ca any time)