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Announcing our 2014 Home Season Schedule

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

HCRG is set to dazzle Hamilton yet again with another full-season of full-contact competitive derby action. We kick off our ninth year with a double header on Saturday, May 3 at Dave Andreychuk Arena, as both the Eh! Team and the Harlots take on teams from the Fort Wayne Derby Girls of Indiana, USA.

HCRG keeps on rolling with double headers in June and July, and will host its first ever tournament in August. The Maple Stir-Up invitational will be the first tournament to feature an all-Canadian, all-WFTDA line-up, consisting of 6 teams and 5 bouts in 1 full day of action.

HCRG is coming off its most successful season yet, with winning records for both the Eh! Team and Harlots. The chartered Eh! Team picked up five sanctioned victories and rose a phenomenal 49 spots up the rankings of WFTDA leagues worldwide to finish 2013 at #83.

Mark the following dates on your calendar – you don’t want to miss any of the hard-hitting action!

Saturday, May 3
HCRG welcomes Fort Wayne Derby Girls (Fort Wayne, IN)
Harlots vs. SWAT Team
Eh! Team vs. Bomb Squad (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, June 7
HCRG welcomes Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY)
Harlots vs. B-Sides
Eh! Team vs. Roc Stars (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, July 12
HCRG welcomes Ithaca League of Women Rollers (Ithaca, NY)
Harlots vs. Ithaca B-Team
Eh! Team vs. SufferJets (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, August 9
Maple Stir-Up Invitational Tournament
Participating teams: Calgary Roller Derby Association All-Stars (Calgary, AB), Forest City Derby Girls Timber Rollers (London, ON), Rideau Valley Roller Girls Vixens (Ottawa, ON), Tri-City Roller Girls Plan B (Kitchener, ON), Hammer City Eh! Team, Hammer City Harlots
J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas

Season tickets are available now for only $40. You save $25 off the single game door price!

Roller Derby Art Crawl And Bake Sale

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Are you curious or fascinated by imagery that the revolutionary roller derby revival inspires?

This Ain’t Hollywood and the Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting an Art Crawl that will feature artistic interpretations of the sport of roller derby, the women who play it and the officials that keep it rolling safe.

Fast skates, hard hits, rink rash and great feats of female athleticism are all part of this sport that’s taking the world by storm and spinning through all aspects of pop culture.

Featuring art by skaters and derby fans:
Bean Stalker * Beonkadonk * Full Tilt * Odd Topsy
Darren Stehr * Jeff Hayward * Jerry Hish & more!

The Hammer City Roller Girls will be on hand for the James Street North Art Crawl event, just ahead of their May 11 home season opener. In addition to seeing fantastic art, you’ll be able to buy game and season tickets, pick up HCRG merchandise, and FILL YOUR BELLY! Yes, scrumptious homemade baked goods aplenty (including vegan yummies) will also be on sale. Funds raised will help with travel costs.

Date & Location of Exhibit:

Friday April 12th, 2013
7 pm – 11 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood
345 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario

For more information and submissions, email

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2012 Season Opening Double Header

Monday, April 30th, 2012
2012 Season Opener - Double Header vs. Roc City

HCRG 2012 Season Opener Poster

Hammer City, break out your black and yellow as your favourite skaters return to the flat track for their 7th season of roller derby action.

In this season opening double header, both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will square off against squads from Roc City Roller Derby of Rochester, NY.

The action all goes down on Saturday, May 12 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00pm and the second at 8:00pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids 5-12 – $5 | Under 5 years – Free
A portion of proceeds from the door will go to Volunteer Hamilton.

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
- Freewheel Cycle
- Hammer City Records
- This Ain’t Hollywood
- Blackbird Studios
- Compass, McMaster University
- Varnetta (formerly Roughhouse Skates)

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed beer area, concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity zone just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after party takes place at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St North, 19+) at 10:00PM, where your game ticket stub gets you into the venue to enjoy the DJs and a chance to meet skaters and officials. Plus local food truck rock stars and HCRG supporter Gorilla Cheese will be on hand to wow you with their amazing grilled cheese creations.

Our Other 2012 Home Dates:
- June 16
- July 21
- August 18

Buy season tickets, getting you into all FOUR games, and save!

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Roller Derby ArtCrawl: Lucky Draw

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Fast skates, hard hits, rink rash and great feats of female athleticism are all part of this sport that’s taking the world by storm and spinning though all aspects of pop culture. Are you a talented artist and a die hard roller derby fan, or just fascinated by imagery that the revolutionary roller derby revival inspires? Then Friday, April 13th could just very well be your lucky day. This Ain’t Hollywood and Hammer City Records are hosting an Art Crawl night with the HCRG that will feature artistic interpretations of the sport, the women who play it and the officials that keep it rolling safe. The Hammer City Roller Girls will be on hand for this James Street North Art Crawl event, just ahead of the May 2012 home opener.

* Art work will be on display at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St. North) and Hammer City Records (228 James St N Basement @ Rear off Robert St)

* At 10pm, rootsy rocky The Saints Are Coming and surf trio The Dead Beat are set to take the stage at This Ain’t – Cover is Pay What You Can

* HCRG merch and tickets will be for sale

We are looking for roller derby-related art in all media that we can hang on the walls for the night and for a few weeks afterwards. Paintings, drawings, photos, original graphic art and ‘hang-able’ mixed media works will be considered.
Deadline for submissions/commitment is April 8, 2012.

For more information, email for more info and shipping arrangements (pick ups in the Hamilton area and central-Toronto are possible).

VOTE for the Official 2012 T-Shirt!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


It’s time to vote on the brand spankin’ new HCRG T-shirt for 2012. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 4, and are opening up the voting to our fans! Visit HCRG’s Facebook page and ‘Like’ your favourite design.
Likes will be taken into consideration when the winner is chosen.

Voting is open from now, March 8th, until March 15th at 11:59pm

Thank you to everyone who entered a design for the contest – we’re so excited for the winning tee. Goodluck to all of the finalists!


Design the Official HCRG 2012 T-Shirt

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Design some HCRG swag
We Hammer City Roller Girls love our t-shirts, and we want YOU to create the limited edition shirt that will represent our 2012 season.

Up for grabs:

  • Two 2012 season tickets
  • T-shirt featuring your design
  • Swag prize pack

Submission Guidelines:

  • This contest is open to everyone, including fans, skaters, officials, volunteers, and the derby community. Hate roller derby? You can enter too, but note you will still receive the same prizes. So you may want to re-think the whole hating thing. Or contest entering thing.
  • Please include no more than three colors on your design.
  • Make sure your design will be visible on grey shirts.
  • The design must be family-friendly. Some sass is acceptable. Safe enough to wear at school, yet cool enough to rock at an after-party.
  • Feel free to include our Hammer City Roller Girls logo, although it’s not required.
  • Create your design in vector format using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or similar. Be sure to keep this high resolution version in case your design is the winner – we’ll need it to make your t-shirt dreams come true.
  • Save a copy of your design as a gif, jpg or png in addition to the vectored format. Please e-mail your submission to by 11:59 PM EST on February 29, 2012. Include your name, phone number, and city.
  • Please only submit your 2 best designs. Or just your very best (or only) one.
  • By submitting your design, you agree that the Hammer City Roller Girls reserve all rights to modify the design, and the rights to publish and distribute the design through any means of communication.

How We’ll Pick the Winner:

  1. During March, fans will have the chance to vote online through the Hammer City Roller Girls Facebook page,
  2. The Hammer City Roller Girls will select the winner after online fan voting is complete.
  3. The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone, and announced on our website and Facebook page. And Twitter. And our e-mail newsletter. (We’ll just be so excited to brag about this.)

Good luck! Hammer City loves you!


2011 Wheelie Awards

Monday, January 16th, 2012

By: Biggie Falls

Whether you’ve been a roller derby fan for a decade, or are someone who is just hearing about it now, there is one thing that you need to know about this community… Roller derby parties are crazy!

Ninja Miss Carriage gives Staplehead (League President 2006 - 2011) a hug.

This was more than evident at the HCRG year end party – PIRATES versus NINJAS. Every one of your favourite derby girls was there, dressed up and ready for combat. Whether they were looking for your bounty, or swinging nunchuks – they were ready to party! As in typical HCRG fashion, this party was held at This Ain’t Hollywood, on January 7th, 2011. As it turned out, a lot of the public was not prepared for what they might see on their regular Saturday night out with their friends.

Announcer Tedstosterone with Jewsy Flawless and Bean Stalker

The night started off friendly enough, sushi for the ninjas and pulled pork for the pirates, on opposite sides of the room of course. But soon it broke out into a full on ninja versus pirate battle! It seems to me like the ninjas won… but I may just be bias on that one. Although, there was one event that the pirates dominated in: The PvN limbo contest, with pirate Jewsy Flawless coming out on top!

The HCRG Rowdy Rowdy Refs

Awards were given out to refs, vets and rookies alike to celebrate the many victories HCRG has achieved within the last year, both on and off the track. To end the night, our very own Hot Carl, presented an incredible display of fireworks for us… as you would expect during a Canadian winter, this caused quite a stir with the locals. But it was absolutely wonderful regardless!

If you’re going to take anything away from this story, let it be your new found love and admiration of derby parties, and make it your new mission to come out to an after-party soon!


Queen Of Jam-A-Lot
Bitchslap Barbie

Pack Leader
Eduskating Rita

Getting A Leg Up
Jewsy Flawless & Bean Stalker

Hammer City Spirit
Scooby Doom

Rookie of the Year
Naughty Bee

Purple Heart
Miss Carriage

Best Foot Forward
Miss Carriage

Crash Test Dummy
Lucky Lady Pearl

Stickin Around
Judge Jodie

Practice Pusher
Bam Bam Bigelow

Rules the Ruleset
Eduskating Rita

Hardest Hitter
Mean Little Mama

Miss Jeckyl/Hyde
Peppermental (Formerly Hammerhead)

Strategic Whiz
Whacks Poetic

Training Maven
Bitchslap Barbie

Merch Mover
Dark Passion Play

Game Day Mainstay

Gives Till It Hurts
Little Red Rollerhood

Working It
Wild Rice (Formerly Tempura Tantrum)

Funds Raised
Scooby Doom

Paperwork Pusher
Judge Jodie

Bam Bam Bigelow

3 way tie! Dark Passion Play, Peppermental, Scooby Doom


Friendly Face
Deuce Willis

Ref For Hire

Certifiable Effort
Deuce Willis

Tightest Caller


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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

We’re excited to launch our email newsletter. HCRG has lots of big announcements coming up for 2012 – Derby 101, home schedule, and more! Add your email to this list to stay current with all things HCRG.
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Watch the WFTDA Big 5 Online

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The WFTDA Big 5 tournaments are happening now. North Central Region Playoffs (That’s Hammer City’s region!) are taking place this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Visit the Monumental Mayhem website for the tournament bracket and more information.

Click here to stream the tournament coverage live. For only $20, you can upgrade to a high-quality stream and archive access (for 17 top level games). NC Region Playoffs are Oct. 7 – 9, and the WFTDA 2011 Championships, featuring the top 12 teams in the women’s flat track roller derby world — are Nov. 11 – 13 in Denver, CO.

Hamilton Hosts London!

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Hamilton Hosts London!

HCRG 2011 Season Opener Poster

Hamilton, ON, Canada – The Hammer City Roller Girls (HCRG) are gearing up to hit the track in their first game of the 2011 season. Both HCRG teams will host squads from London’s Forest City Derby Girls (FCDG) in a double header on Saturday, May 7 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00pm and the second at 8:00pm.

In one half of this double header, the newly re-aligned Hammer City Harlots team will face off against the Luscious Lunch Ladies. The Harlots are now the HCRG’s regional team and are made up of veteran skaters along with more recent additions to the league. The second match-up features a showdown between HCRG’s charter Hammer City Eh! Team and the seasoned Thames Fatales.

The two leagues are long established flat-track roller derby rivals, having skated against each other every season since 2007. Last year, HCRG’s home teams swept the series against London’s Thames Fatales in competitive home-and-home bouts, setting the stage for a rematch that promises plenty of hard-hitting derby action.

The remaining games of the 2011 HCRG home season are:

Saturday, June 11: HCRG VS Queen City Roller Girls (Buffalo, NY)
Teams/Times TBD

Saturday, July 9: HCRG VS TBC
Teams/Times TBD

Saturday, August 13: HCRG VS Killamazoo Derby Darlins (Kalamazoo, MI)
Teams/Times TBD


HCRG’s June and July home games will be played at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. The HCRG’s August home game will be played at JL Grightmire (Market Street) Arena, 35 Market Street South in Dundas, Ontario.


General Admission: $13 advance, and $15 at the door for double headers.
Children – 6 to 12 years: $5, children 5 and under are free.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Soroptomist Club Stoney Creek-Niagara.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

Local ticket outlets will be announced soon.

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See you trackside!