Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Ottawa's Gay and Lesbian Friendly Curling League

Author: Steve Horwood

Rainbow Rockers Curling League is Expanding!

We are pleased to announce that there has been significant interest in the Rainbow Rockers 2019-2020 curling season, which will start on September 29th, 2019. 
The result is that we will be expanding from 35 teams to 40 teams!

There are still a very limited number of curling spots left to fill the 40 teams, so we encourage interested curlers to complete their registration form and send to the membership coordinator.

Also, if you have not registered for the summer Bocce & BBQ event, happening on Thursday June 20th, please review the details on the website and register asap. We need to purchase food ahead of time and arrange the bocce teams, so PLEASE RSVP to Jeremy Cheff at [email protected] before Friday, June 14th.

OCC Parking – changes


At the end of November, we reported that our neighbour at 226 Argyle had chosen to reduce the number of spots that we can use on their lot. Now, the owner wants to reduce our access even further.

We started this relationship a few years ago with access to 10-12 spots for our evening curlers. In return, we have provided snow and garbage removal for the property, which is not an insignificant cost. The latest change would reduce our access to 4-5 spots and only for the late evening draw. The math no longer makes sense and the owner has shown no signs of being more accommodating, so we are ending the relationship.

Effective immediately, we ask that members stop parking at 226 Argyle. We also want to warn you that the owner may install a chain between the properties that would prevent access from our property onto Argyle. (A chain used to be installed every winter prior to our current negotiated arrangement.)

We do recognize that there will be some inconvenience as people get used to not being able to drive through. We appreciate your understanding, and ask members to be considerate about letting cars out of our parking lot.

Despite this limitation, the OCC has run multiple draws every evening for decades. The available parking options outside the club’s lot are what makes this possible. Please be prepared to seek alternative neighbourhood parking when our lot is full:

Commercial Parking Lot on the south side of the club lowers its rate after business hours to $3 (TBC). The meter accepts large change and credit cards and the lot is monitored.
Ottawa Police Association Parking Lot, on Catherine Street, is available, but has restrictions: Mon – Wed after 10pm; Thu – Fri after 5pm; Sat – Sun all day. The gates will be up when the lot is open (and free) to OCC members.
Street Parking is available on most surrounding streets, the closest of which are O’Connor, north of Argyle – free after 5:30pm and weekends, as well as Argyle itself – with metered times.


TODAY is our RAINBOW ROCKERS CURLING LEAGUE Opening Day !! There are a few spaces open at 3pm and possibly at 5pm due to cancellations. If you want to curl this afternoon to get some practice, come on down !! Or, you can join us for pizza after 7pm.
See you there!

Halifax Bluenose Bonspiel – April 24-26 – a few teams wanted !

There is still space for teams to register for the 2015 Bluenose Bonspiel being held in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia April 24-26.

In true Maritime fashion, this bonspiel will not only focus on curling, but also social events and other activities that showcase the city of Halifax. We are also planning the return of the ever popular East Coast Kitchen Party held in the historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery to finish off the event!

Registration can done by visiting our website at:

Our host hotel this year is the Delta Barrington who are offering room rates starting at $119/night for quad occupancy.


Mark Gammon & Lennie Comeau
Bonspiel Co-Chairs

OTRB Registration – Saturday 17 January 2015 @ noon

Registration for the 10th Annniversay edition of the Over The Rainbow Bonspiel (20-22 March 2015) for both In-Town and Out-Of-Town teams will open @ noon on Saturday January 17th, 2015.

Details to follow soon.