After surfing through some amazing derby videos, I came across this highlight video from a team in … you guessed it! – CANADA! Read below for an update on the Toronto Roller Derby League. Founded in 2006, they have over 100 skaters and 7 teams. They skate on the ever-forgiving concrete track. You can check them out at TORONTO ROLLER DERBY.
REAL WOMEN. REAL HITS. REAL HEART.
The Toronto Roller Derby League (ToRD) is the largest flat-track derby league in Canada, boasting four house teams, one travel team, a farm team, and roster of over 100 active skaters! The women you see on the track and pictured on this website are the same women that serve on the Board of Directors, coordinated our PR, book the halftime shows, sold you your t-shirt, and got the whole thing on tape. We offer a sporting event that is fun for the whole family, so bring everyone you know! We look forward to seeing you in the stands again this year!
What is ToRD?
2011 will be our fifth bouting season, and our sixth year as an incorporated business run entirely by the skaters, for the skaters. The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Chicks Ahoy!, Death Track Dolls, Smoke City Betties, and CN Power (our all-star travel team) are thrilled to bring Toronto the finest jams, checks, hits, blocks, knocks, bumps and bruises yet seen on wheels!
Our mission: to make roller derby a thing of the present and the future, not a nostalgic sport of the past. We blend athleticism with entertainment so that sports fans and not-so-sporty types can all enjoy a little roller derby action in Toronto!
Who is ToRD?
ToRD is powered by the skaters and each of these talented, ambitious and energetic women are passionate about their sport and committed to its success on a local, regional, and global scale. We are “for the skaters, by the skaters” in that our league is operated primarily by the skaters from each team, and we are proud to be an all-female operated organization.
We represent a broad range of ages, body types, lifestyles and backgrounds, and are committed to being inclusive of all walks of life whether they sit in the stands or join us on the track. All of our bouts are wheelchair accessible, queer positive, kid friendly, and fun for everyone!
Where can I see the teams play?
Toronto Roller Derby skates year round at The Bunker in Downsview Park! Check our schedule for a list of upcoming games and events!
Can I come to a practice to watch?
Team and league practices are closed to the general public for your safety and our sanity. If you want to see us in action, buy a ticket! However, if nine public games a year just isn’t enough, why not volunteer? Our and referees get a great view of the game from the track during practices and games, so volunteering for those positions might be for you!
How Can I Get Involved?
There are a great number positions we need to fill to make our season a huge success every season. We’re always looking for dedicated, fun loving people to volunteer their time during our events and fun(d)raisers.
While many a referee or stats person is actually a plain-clothes derby girl, derby widow, girlfriend, boyfriend, sibling or family member we would love some fan support ON the track too. Both roles are a great way to watch the game while helping a sista out! If you’re interested in watching the ass kicking and ticking numbers next to the names, email our Stats Coordinator. If stripes and whistles are more your speed, email our Head Refs!
If you have a special skill that we may not foresee a need for yet, please tell us what you’ve got! Email our volunteer coordinator to get your foot/skate in the door!
I’m a hot shot photographer/videographer and would like a media pass to your next bout – how do I get one?
While we would LOVE to fulfill every media request we receive, we worry about the blinding effects of constant paparazzi flashes during a bout (tough life, we know). Luckily, we have created a Photographer Request Form for you to fill out. We’ll try to find a spot for you in our schedule and get back to you once we’ve got all your deets.
Similarly, if you are from a reputable media outlet and this is a time sensitive request, we welcome you to email our Promotions and Marketing team!
How do I join a ToRD team?
ToRD recruits “fresh meat” to train with us in the off-season. When skaters are ready to move up and pass their skills testing, they move on to our farm team, the D-VAS, until the next draft.
As a new skater, you’ll get your butt in shape like you never imagined, you will make amazing new friends, and you will spend every waking moment knowing you are a drop-dead gorgeous demon of the derby!
But don’t let all of that delude you… it is also a huge time commitment to be a rollergirl! We skate two to three nights a week and host bouts every 2-3 weeks. There are also several committees that keep the business end running smoothly and we require all skaters to participate on at least one committee.
We also require that all skaters own their own quad-wheel roller skates and protective gear, so start up can be expensive. Skaters also pay monthly league dues to pay for rink time.
To find out more about the rules and the minimum skate requirements, check out the official WFTDA website.
To request more info on joining a team, contact the Fresh Meat committee and we will let you know all about the next fresh meat training camp.
Are there any other leagues in Canada?
Of course! Roller derby has gone viral and probably in a town near you!
Locally, our friends in Hamilton, Ontario have the Hammer City Rollergirls. Montreal, Quebec is also tearing up the track with their league MTL Roller Derby. London Ontario is home to the Forest City Derby Girls. is gearing up for a killer season this year and the GTA Rollergirls seem to be picking up steam, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they’ve got!