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New curling calendar now on sale

Another fundraising tool for curling facilities

Celebrate the Roaring Game in all its glory – for some great causes
Celebrate the Roaring Game – and support some great causes

First came the Women of Curling. Then, last season, the Men of Curling.

Now for 2015, The Curling News and The Community Fundraiser have announced the Spirit of Curling, the latest installment in their successful series of fundraising wall calendars.

The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar retails online for $20.00 each plus taxes, shipping and handling, at The Spirit of Curling website.

A portion of proceeds from each purchase go to three charitable campaigns: the Canadian Curling Association’s “For The Love of Curling” philanthropic program, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which has now contributed over $2.5 million to 35 Canadian hospital neonatal intensive care units, and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s “Shoot For A Cure” campaign, which amasses research funding to find a cure for spinal paralysis.

“The 2014 Men of Curling Calendar raised more than $100,000 for multiple charities and causes, across Canada and around the world,” said George Karrys, Publisher of The Curling News. “Now, the 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar will engage curlers and curling fans in a celebration of the tradition, honour and great history of the Roaring Game.”

A special curling facility program is also available, allowing clubs to purchase copies at a discount and re-sell the calendars in the local community for a fundraising profit, to aid in any number of areas – including capital costs, prize funds, and support for junior, bantam or Little Rock programs.

“The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar is a great fundraising tool for curling centres across Canada, the United States, Europe and other curling-crazy countries,” said Rick Warner, President of The Community Fundraiser. “Any interested club representatives can call or email, and we will set them up to engage their communities this fall.”

Each calendar is printed on glossy stock and shrink-wrapped, and ships in a protective envelope with a stiff cardboard insert. Each of the 12 calendar months features a comprehensive worldwide curling tournament schedule, listing colour-coded men’s, women’s, mixed and open events.

The Canadian Curling Association also commented on today’s release.

“We’re extremely pleased that this beautiful calendar will play a significant role in continuing the growth of curling in Canada,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Like For The Love of Curling, the Spirit of Curling puts its focus on the grassroots of the game, while still acknowledging some of the sport’s biggest names and showing their athleticism. And the added bonus is that by buying this calendar, you’re helping young curlers and local curling centres.”

Advance orders for the 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar are now underway at The Spirit of Curling website, with product shipping in the second week of November.

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Digital + Print = Happy Curling Fans

The Curling News expands its digital curling reach

Kevin Palmer's April/May digital column was a hit
Kevin Palmer’s April/May digital column was a hit with fans

TORONTO – Now into it’s 58th season of publishing, The Curling News has gone digital for the year 2015.

Subscribers will receive all six monthly issues in print format as they have since 1957. However, subscribers will also receive an email message each month directing them to an expanded, enhanced online version of that issue.

Modelled after four one-off digital editions The Curling News has produced since 2012, each digital issue will feature extra pages of content plus enhancements to the editorial and advertising content from the print edition.

Click on a story, and it might launch a webpage which continues the discussion.

Click on a photograph, and it might launch a photo gallery of additional images.

Click on an advertisement, and it might launch an online video.

“The official launch of The Curling News digital subscriber editions marks the end of a lengthy period of research, investigation and preparation,” said George Karrys, owner and publisher of The Curling News since 2003.

“This is what we’ve seen from major publishers around the world, and this is what the curling world has been asking for. At The Curling News, we are pleased to be able to offer these enhanced and expanded content services with no price increase to our advertising partners, and also at no price increase to our valued subscribers.”

The November issue of The Curling News – both print and digital – will be unleashed on or around November 1, and will boast the return of well-known columnists – including sports hall of fame scribe Terry Jones – plus a slew of new contributors, including Matt Brouwer, Andrew Stoakely, Mark Inglis, Stephanie LeDrew and the one and only Randy Ferbey.

NOTE: Each issue’s subscriber log-in name and password access will be provided by an email message; therefore new and current subscribers should ensure The Curling News has their email address on file.

To confirm your email address with The Curling News, send us a direct message through the website CONTACT page.

To subscribe to The Curling News, visit the SUBSCRIBE tab.

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Vol. 58 Issue 1: November 2014

TCN Cover 2014 NovREAD THE EXPANDED/ENHANCED DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS ISSUE ONLINE SOON!
  • SADDLE UP

    The new season has begun and Terry Jones predicts a wild ride

  • GONE DIGITAL

    Every issue of The Curling News is now enhanced and expanded online – but you must subscribe to get it all

  • CATCH THE SPIRIT

    The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar raises funds for three charities, and curling communities too

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    You won’t believe the amount of stuff to watch in November and early December, and only we have the latest accurate listings

  • NEW COLUMNIST: THE FERB

    New contributor Randy Ferbey explains an addiction

  • NEW COLUMNIST: ANDREW STOAKLEY – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Behind the Board – and behind the scenes – with one of TV curling’s previously-anonymous insiders

  • THE CURLING NEWSDESK

    Rob Swan’s “Curling Across The Nation” and schedule; Who designs those cool customized brushes; Exclusive celebrity curling photos no one has seen

  • THE CURLING NEWSDESK – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    More pages of exclusive, interactive curling content

  • NEW COLUMNIST: MATT BROUWER

    Is this a golden age of curling broadcasting, or are we held hostage by billion-dollar mega-corps?

  • CURLING IN AMERICA – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Dean Gemmell on The American Dream: At Least it’s Still Alive in Curling

  • CLUB CORNER: DEATH AND LIFE OF A CURLING CENTRE

    First in a three-part examination of club culture by new columnist Mark Inglis

  • CURL COACH: APP-TASTIC – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    A look inside the popular curling application

  • ICE GOLD: NEW CURLING BOOK

    We dig in to the new ECW tome written by Ted Wyman; watch for our online contest launching November 1

  • THEY SAID IT – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Our popular collection of quotable quotes from around the curling world

  • And more… SUBSCRIBE today!

 

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Curling supplier Plays It Forward

Retailer supports curling facilities

See more at fuzionsportswear.com
Get more details at: fuzionsportswear.com

TORONTO – fUZION Sportswear has already made an impact on the curling scene, as their dye sublimation technology allows teams to go “seamless” with a variety of patterns, designs and logos on their competition wear. They’ve signed up a few top-ranked high-performance squads for their “Ambassador” program, and they are also rumours of replica team competition jackets and shirts hitting the market soon.

Now in their third year on the rock scene, the company has also introduced “Play It Forward”, a new program which delivers value from any player’s purchase decisions back to that player’s home curling facility.

For example, a purchase of four sublimated SMARTFLEX jackets plus four sublimated CIRCULAIR shirts will give your curling club a rebate of CDN $50.00.

With a purchase of four jackets plus eight sublimated shirts, the curling club scores a $100.00 rebate.

“Although we are a new team this year, two of our members were part of a team that wore fUZION uniforms last year,” said Kalie McKenna, a member of Ottawa’s Team Butler-Rohland. “We absolutely loved the fit of the uniforms and the ability to create a custom design. We contacted fUZION for pricing and additional information and that’s when we became aware of Play It Forward, which was just another incentive to wear fUZION apparel this season.”

The squad’s decision to go with Fuzion has already guaranteed a rebate payment to the Rideau Curling Club, the home of Team Butler-Rohland.

“So we look great, we can capitalize on sponsorship opportunities for our team, and we’re giving back to our club,” said McKenna. “I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want to be part of Play It Forward.”

fUZION also offers a club program, where jackets and scarves purchased by any facility pro shop – adorned with club logos and even personalized on request – also deliver rebate revenues.

Posters promoting the program (above left) are now in the mail to all 960-odd curling clubs across Canada.

Meanwhile, fUZION Managing Director Jamie Vickerman has also been beating the drum for the new program.

“We’re hoping that curlers of all skill levels, particularly recreational players, will take advantage of this offer and pass the word along at their curling clubs,” said Vickerman. “You can wear what the pros wear, and look great on the ice, and help your clubs as well. The more teams involved, the more funds for your club to receive and use as required. Just contact us for help on your graphic ideas, and let’s get started.”

Poster graphic by fUZION Sportswear (click on image to increase viewing size)

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The Curling News 2014-15

We’re baaaaack!

Team Laycock at the Baden Masters in August
Team Laycock at the Baden Masters in late August

This webpage (including blog) is about to end its silence. Behind the scenes, quietly active for many months, The Curling News has been assembling a new army of product and talent that is almost – ALMOST – ready to be unleashed on the curling world.

We’re excited, and we know you will be, too. You’ll just have to hang in there a wee bit longer, and then *boom*… all shall be revealed.

For now, we once again invite you to check out the digital version of our previous April issue (which can be considered a May/June release) and all its digital extras. This includes a complete 2013-14 season-ending Gold Trial money list, an entertaining dissertation on the five-rock rule (now officially implemented for all five Grand Slams this season), an extra six pages of Photos of The Year and a great summary of the gaggle of team lineup changes that stunned us last spring.

Plus, each page of the original print edition has been digitally enhanced to launch extra photo galleries, videos and website links. It’s a curling clickfest for your fingers!

And the shortlink for sharing, if you’re interested, is: http://bit.ly/TCNdigital.

It won’t be long (yeah/yeah/yeah)…

The Curling News photo by Urs Räber (click on image to increase size)