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Photos from the Whip It roller derby event at Yonge-Dundas Square

1-whip-it-girl.jpg A participant in the roller derby demonstration at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square in support of the film Whip It. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

Watching women clobber each other on a circular track doesn't seem like a natural fit for TIFF. Then this year, the festival is showing Drew Barrymore's Whip It, about a young girl (Ellen Page) who abandons the life of beauty pageants to join a roller derby league.

On Sunday evening, a derby was in full effect at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square. Val Capone, of the Windy City Roller Girls, and Axles of Evil, of the LA Derby Dolls, taught a crowd of interested onlookers about blocks, pivots, jams and the necessity of wearing protective gear as members of the Toronto Roller Derby League demonstrated at an exhibition match.

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Members of the DVAS (Death Valley Assassins Squad, red) and the Bay City Bruisers (black) did battle on the track.

3-whip-it-hurl-scouts.jpg (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

Members of the Toronto Roller Derby League donned Whip It Hurl Scouts uniforms, circling the track and passing out paraphernalia prior to an appearance by the cast of Whip It.

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Director Drew Barrymore, left, introduces Whip It cast members, including Ellen Page, second left, before heading off down the street to the film's screening at the Elgin Theatre.

-- Timothy Neesam

Comment (1)

myron wrote: Posted: 2009/09/18 at 4:48 PM

That would be ToRD's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and Bay Street Bruisers.