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Integrated Tournament Circuit Calendar Update


Based on feedback we received via the Panel of Throwers, Community Forum, and monthly Member Calls, we will readjust the Tournament Circuit calendar to be more in line with the League Qualification Period (March to March).


Impact on Upcoming 2024 Tournaments


Majors taking place between Rounds 1 and 2 (Last Ditch, Space City Shootout, Countess Cup, The Seattle Throwdown, and Midwest Major) this year will be a special case:


  • If the winner of the Round 2 bid has thrown in Round 1, they will throw in Round 2 2024.
  • If the winner has NOT thrown in Round 1, their bid will roll forward to Round 2 2025 (they will qualify to throw in Round 1 in 2025). The next eligible thrower who HAS thrown in Round 1, will get a bid to Round 2 2024.

It is possible that some of these Majors will be awarding 2 bids: one to Round 2 2024 and one to Rounds 1 & 2 2025.


This is only for this year as we work out the kinks of the Integrated Tournament Circuit. Any Majors or Grand Slams in 2025 that occur after Round 1 2025, will qualify for Round 2 2026. This brings the Tournament Circuit more in line with the League Qualification Period, which was feedback we received from multiple sources.


Because our initial plan was to have Circuit run from IATC to IATC, members scheduled tournaments and throwers made plans to attend with this understanding so we will honour that commitment for this year. We do not want to exclude these tournaments and the winners from the circuit until 2025.


Tournament Circuit Rounds 1 & 2 Bids Clarification


The bids from the Integrated Tournament Circuit (Grand Slams, Majors, and Regionals) are for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Wilson Cup. Throwers with a bid from the circuit must participate in Round 1 for seeding purposes. They are guaranteed a spot in Round 2 regardless of their performance in Round 1.


These throwers are not included in the league play qualification pool at any qualifying club.


Tournament circuit bids only trickle down if the winner already has a bid. Once the bid is awarded, it is treated the same as the bids awarded through league play qualification.


If a thrower turns down a bid earned from a tournament (Grand Slam, Major, or Regional) that spot will return to the pool of spots available through league play qualification.


UPDATED Grand Slams

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Open

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

UK Open

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Newton Aycliffe, England, UK

Aug 19-20, 2023

APATC

MANIAX Axe Throwing

Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sep 22-23, 2023

The Choptober Challenge

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Oct 26-29, 2023

Golden State Grand Slam

LA AX

North Hollywood, CA, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

US Championship

Ace Axe Throwing

Homestead, PA, USA

Mar 8-10, 2024

UPDATED Majors

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Rules Tiered Swiss

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

Labour Day Classic / Unicorn Classic

The Range

Priddis, AB, CAN

Sep 3-4, 2023

Charlotte Open

BATL Axe Throwing

Charlotte, NC, USA

Sep 9-10, 2023

Florida Man Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Sep 22-24, 2023

Three Ring Circuit

Detroit Axe

Detroit, MI, USA

Oct 13-15, 2023

Pink Ribbon Classic

Axe Thro Co

San Diego, CA, USA

Oct 22, 2023

Urban Ladyblades / Urban Madness

Urban Axes

Durham, NC, USA

Jan 12-14, 2024

Battle Axe Open

Battle Axe Throwing

Wollongong, AUS

Jan 26-27, 2024

Going Up Cup

LumberJaxs Axe Throwing

Tamworth, England, UK

Feb 3-4, 2024

Winter Axe Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

Warrior's March To Glory

Warriors Axe Throwing

Cobourg, ON, CAN

Mar 2-3, 2024

Last Ditch To Canada

Lumber Punks Axe Throwing

Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Apr 12-14, 2024

Space City Shootout

BATL Axe Throwing

Houston, TX, USA

Apr 13-14, 2024

Countess Cup

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Apr 26-28, 2024

Seattle Throwdown

Axe Kickers

Seattle, WA, USA

Apr 27-28, 2024

Email seattlethrowdown

@gmail.com

Midwest Major

Perple Bunny's Axe House

Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

May 17-19, 2024

BATL Royale

BATL Axe Throwing

Vaughan, ON, CAN

May 24-25, 2024


Introduction

This summer, the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) is establishing an annual integrated circuit of tournaments to foster competition among IATF players. Organizing tournaments into a circuit increases the profile of these tournaments, their hosts, their competitors and the IATF.


TL;DR at the end of the document.

Goals

Tournament circuit integration serves a number of key objectives:

  • to promote more competition outside of players’ local leagues.
  • to promote different skills levels of competition.
  • to provide more opportunity for the best players in the world to secure placement at the International Axe Throwing Championship (IATC), including in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Tiers of Circuit Events

Events on the circuit will be categorized into tiers: Majors, Grand Slams and the International Axe Throwing Championship.

Major Events

Majors consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least one additional supporting tournament for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. supporting tournaments may have registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Grand Slam Events

Grand Slams consist of a marquee tournament for highly skilled players, accompanied by at least two additional supporting tournaments for which registration is tailored to more intermediate players (i.e. registration limited by average score, rating, etc), to feature a demographic (i.e. Women, Youth, etc), or to feature a game format (i.e. Big Axe, Doubles, etc).

Circuit Integration

Top finishers in circuit tournaments will receive reserved spots in future circuit tournaments or at the IATC.

Major Tournament Circuit Integration

The winners from each Major tournament will be reserved a spot in a corresponding tournament held at the IATC.

  • Winning a Major’s marquee tournament will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Major’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 or Under 55 tournament).
  • The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers from a Major’s marquee tournament will be reserved a spot in a later Grand Slam’s marquee tournament.

Grand Slam Tournament Circuit Integration

The top finishers from each Grand Slam tournament will be reserved spots in a corresponding tournament hosted at the IATC.

  • Finishing in the top 4 at a Grand Slam’s marquee tournament will reserve these players a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup, securing a place as one of the final 256 competitors.
  • Winning one of the Grand Slam’s supporting tournaments will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at the IATC (i.e. a tournament for intermediate players would reserve a spot in a tournament at the IATC similar to 2023’s Under 65 tournament).

Supporting Tournaments and Reserved Spots at the IATC

As stated, the winners of supporting tournaments at both Majors and Grand Slams will reserve the 1st place finisher a spot in a comparable tournament at IATC. Since the types of supporting tournaments is not 1:1 with the types of tournaments at IATC, this will mean each of these tournaments will be assessed to determine the best fit for which IATC tournament to reserve a spot. This assessment will be conducted by the IATF and coordinated with the hosts.

The 2023-2024 IATF Tournament Circuit

The schedule of IATF Tournament Circuit events is as follows:

Grand Slams

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Open

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

UK Open

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Newton Aycliffe, England, UK

Aug 19-20, 2023

APATC

MANIAX Axe Throwing

Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sep 22-23, 2023

The Choptober Challenge

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Oct 26-29, 2023

Golden State Grand Slam

LA AX

North Hollywood, CA, USA

Feb 16-18, 2024

US Championship

Ace Axe Throwing

Homestead, PA, USA

TBD 2024

The top 4 finishers from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Majors

Event

Host

City

Date

Info

Urban Rules Tiered Swiss**

Urban Axes

Baltimore, MD, USA

Aug 4-6, 2023

Labour Day Classic / Unicorn Classic*

The Range

Priddis, AB, CAN

Sep 3-4, 2023

Charlotte Open

BATL Axe Throwing

Charlotte, NC, USA

Sep 9-10, 2023

Florida Man Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Sep 2023

Going Up Cup

LumberJaxs Axe Throwing

Tamworth, England, UK

Sep 2023

Pink Ribbon Classic

Axe Thro Co

San Diego, CA, USA

Oct 2023

Winter Axe Games

Game of Axes

Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Feb 2024

TBD

Warriors Axe Throwing

Cobourg, ON, CAN

Mar 2024

Urban Open Ladyblades / Urban Madness*

Urban Axes

Durham, NC, USA

Mar 2024

Space City Shootout

BATL Axe Throwing

Houston, TX, USA

April 2024

Countess Cup

Chopper’s Hatchet House

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Apr 2024

BATL Royale

BATL Axe Throwing

Vaughan, ON, CAN

May 2024

Midwest Major

Perple Bunny's Axe House

Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

May 2024

The winner from each of these events’ marquee tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

* These Majors include two marquee tournaments that will each reserve the winner a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

** The top tier of this Swiss tournament is categorized as a Major marquee tournament, so the winner reserves a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

Regionals

Each IATF Region will host a Regional Tournament in January 2024. As in 2023, the winners of each of these tournaments will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at the 2024 IATC.

Additions to the Circuit

As the Circuit develops, the IATF may include additional Majors or Grand Slams. New events will be added to the Circuit to allow for more complete geographical access and for more even pacing throughout the calendar year.

Interaction with the Wilson Cup

Reserved Spots

The Wilson Cup tournament has always been a balance between encouraging the highest level of competition and inclusion of players from all IATF member organizations. Reserving spots for winners of Majors and top finishers of Grand Slams means more top-level competitors will be in the Wilson Cup Round 2 bracket. It also means there are fewer spots available to distribute among the IATF members organizations’ players advancing from Round 1. With a field of 256 players, and potentially 40-50 spots reserved for players advancing from tournaments, there will still be ample room to ensure players from all IATF member organizations are still included.

Qualification

Players earning a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup tournament will be removed from consideration for qualification via league play. This means, when determining qualification via the Premier season Top 8 Rule and the Standard season Top 4 Rule, these players will not be part of the determination. More specifically, if one of these players would have been in the Top 8 of a Premier season, then the 9th place finisher will move into the 8th qualifying position. Similarly for Standard seasons, the 5th place finisher will move into the 4th qualifying position. This process is consistent with how winners of the Regional Tournaments and the previous IATC champion are removed from qualification via league play.

Round 1

IATF Tournament Circuit competitors who earn a reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup at IATC will be seeded by their results in Round 1. These competitors will not be part of the determination of IATF member organizations’ players advancing from Round 1 to Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. This means only players who have not already earned a spot in Round 2 are considered when determining member representation following Round 1.

Players Awarded A Second Reserved Spot

Players can only occupy one reserved spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.


If a player finishes in a position that would earn a second reserved spot, then the spot will be reserved for the next best finisher in the tournament. i.e. if it is a Major, the 2nd place finisher, if it is a Grand Slam, the 5th place finisher (with the 5th/6th place tie broken by the most number of rounds won in their last match, if still tied, consider the previous match, etc).

Tournament Rating System

Coming later this summer, to accompany the tournament circuit, we will be launching a tournament rating system to accompany the Collins Rating System (CRS) and provide a 12 month rolling rating based on tournament performance alone.

 
We believe this will be an excellent complement to the existing Collins Rating System, which features daily match-by-match rating adjustments, whereas the tournament rating leaderboards will be more stable, updating only when Tournament Circuit events occur.


More information on this coming this summer.

The top 4 finishers from Grand Slams will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup. The winner of Majors will be reserved a spot in Round 2 of the Wilson Cup.

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The International Axe Throwing Federation announces the following rule amendments effective March 9, 2024, the start of the new league qualification season. These amendments are warranted, straightforward, and supported by the survey and test play results (further explained below).


Rule Changes In Standard and Premier:

  1. Big Axe Clutch attempts will be limited to 3 consecutive missed attempts.  After which, players must go back to throwing for bullseyes in order to unlock Clutch throwing again.

    1. A successful attempt is a Clutch or a Touch Clutch.

    2. Only 3 consecutive missed attempts prompt this. If both players miss two big axe Clutch attempts, then both players hit on their third throw, and then they miss again on the fourth throw, the fourth throw counts as the 1st consecutive missed attempt.

    3. A player may return to throwing for the bullseye before 3 consecutive missed Clutch attempts. However, this locks the Clutch and the player must throw a bullseye to unlock Clutch throwing again.For example: Both players throw a bullseye and unlock a Clutch. Both players make two missed Clutch attempts and both agree to return to the target for points. They must bull-in again to unlock Clutch throwing again.

Rule Changes In Premier Only:

  1. Touch Clutch will be awarded 5 points for both hatchet and Big Axe.

    1. A touch Clutch means any part of the blade touching any part of the Clutch inside the green circle’s circumference.

      1. This is equivalent to a Clutch under Standard rules.

Rule Changes In Wilson Cup Round 1:

  1. Clutch attempts will be required on every 5th throw for the 75 hatchet throws.

    1. Round 1 uses Premier Rules, including the new touch Clutch score of 5 points.

Qualification Changes for Wilson Cup Round 1:

  1. The 70+ Average path to Round 1 qualification will be amended to remove the criteria for non-concurrency. 

    1. Feedback suggests the criteria that the three 70+ average seasons be non-overlapping adds unnecessary confusion. Recording three seasons with a 70+ average at one IATF member organization demonstrates a level of skill that warrants qualification for Round 1.

The roll out of these changes have been scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the new league qualification period.


Any league that begins before March 9, 2024 (under the old ruleset) will conclude under the same ruleset. Leagues will not change rulesets midseason.


All subsequent tournaments, including IATC 2024, will be played under the new ruleset starting with the US Championship hosted by Ace Axe on Saturday, March 9, 2024.


Original Survey Objectives

  • To understand if we need to address a near-bullseye and a clean-three being equal.

    • Survey does not indicate this is a priority.

  • Solve the problem of a touch-Clutch (unsuccessful Premier) and a total miss, or dropped axe, being equal in Premier rules.

    • Survey indicates addressing this is a priority.

  • Do we need to unify the ruleset to allow for larger league communities to exist?

    • Survey does not indicate this is a priority.

    • Survey indicates this would actually be detrimental.

  • Recognize that different skill levels exist, how are we addressing that if we unify the ruleset?

    • Survey suggests maintaining separate rulesets is servicing the needs of different skill levels.

    • Maintaining separate rulesets also supports tournament circuit skill differentiation.

Summary of Observations from iATF Rules Survey 2023 results


Standard Leagues

Players in Standard leagues want to continue playing in a less competitive environment. They are not interested in the Premier ruleset and are adverse to a highly-competitive environment. The intensity of Premier leagues is not fun for these players. A high percentage indicated they would quit throwing axes if the only option was to play in leagues that feature more competitive rules (i.e. Premier bullseyes).


Big Axe

Big Axe is very well-liked by players and spectators. Most do not believe tie breakers take too long, but do believe that Big Axe Clutch attempts should be limited to prevent Big Axe Clutch attempts from dragging on.


Premier Rules

Premier rules are well-liked as they are now. There is broad support for points awarded for a touch-Clutch.


Unifying Rules

The survey supports the continuance of both Standard and Premier rules. While there is some support for a unified ruleset, newer and less skilled players have indicated they are at high risk of discontinuing play if Standard rules are not offered. The IATF views growing and retaining a base of new players as a key priority. Standard throwers make up about 70% of the active community.


Target Dimensions

Players like the target dimensions how they are.  They see no need for adjusting the dimensions of any of the current rings or Clutch sizes.


Number of Axes in a Match

This was the most polarized topic on the survey. Players were asked whether they should be limited to using one hatchet and one Big Axe during a match. Opinions were divided and strong. Newer and less experienced players tended to view this limit more negatively.  Regardless, we don’t view this as an urgent issue to address and individual tournament hosts are welcome to add this stipulation to their specific tournaments if they choose.


Play Test Results for Touch Clutch

Based on the clear support in the survey results for the addition of a touch Clutch, we conducted two play testing days to explore the options of the 3 and 5 point touch Clutch options. The play testing was conducted by two groups: one a mix of medium-high level throwers and the other all high level throwers. The conclusion of both play testing groups was unanimous: the touch Clutch should be worth 5 points because it leaves more choice and excitement for throwers and spectators and it provides more opportunities for big axe tie breakers.

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We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the following hotels to offer discounted rooms for the week of IATC. 

175 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON

www.torontodonvalleyhotel.com


For 10% off best available rate, book with code: SMERF
Please note that this rate is only available for online bookings.

Toronto Don Valley Inn & Suites is a 3-star hotel in North York that is an easy driving distance to all 4 host BATL locations. Their amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness facility, pet friendly options, and onsite parking.


Driving distances
  • 8.5 miles (13.7kms) to Port Lands
  • 19.3 miles (31.1kms) to Pickering
  • 17.9 miles (28.8kms) to Stockyards
  • 16.8 miles (27kms) to Vaughn

Transit options
  • Catch the 100A Flemingdon Park to Broadview Station bus on Wynford Drive. This bus takes you 30 stops (approx. 26 minutes) to Broadview station. From there, you can get on the subway east or west to your destination.
  • Walk south to Eglinton Avenue and catch the 34 Eglinton East to Eglinton Station. This bus takes you 18 stops (approx. 25 minutes) to Eglinton station. From there, you can get on the subway north or south to your destination.

More details on booking this hotel

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Notes
  • The discounted rates are for online bookings only.
  • Check-in time: any time after 3 pm
  • Check-out time: 12 pm (noon)
  • Parking: $11.95/vehicle per night plus HST
  • Incidental hold/deposit is required at the time of check-in

Residence and Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown

*Online booking is limited, please email info@iatf.com with your rooms and dates to check availability.

80 Cooperage St, Toronto, ON

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For 20% off best available rate, book with code: IATC2024
Please note that this code is only valid from June 11th to 18th, 2024. Any nights booked outside these dates will be at the regular rate.

The Residence and Conference Centre is the George Brown downtown residences converted into a 3-star hotel in the summer months. It is an easy walk to BATL Port Lands.. This is a great option if you want to travel with friends as many rooms include two bedrooms and a kitchenette.


Driving distances
  • 1.3 miles (2.1kms) to Port Lands (walking distance!)
  • 26 miles (41.8kms) to Pickering
  • 8.8 miles (14.2kms) to Stockyards
  • 20.6 miles (33.2kms) to Vaughn
Transit options
  • Walk south to Cherry St and Mill St and catch the 121D Esplanade-River to Union Station for 10 stops (approx. 16 minutes) to Union station. From there you can get on the TTC or GO transit.
  • Walk north to King St and catch the 504B King St to Broadview Station for 11 stops (approx. 13 minutes) to Broadview station. From there you can get on the subway east or west to your destination.
  • Walk west along Front St for 1.6 miles (2.6kms), approximately 30 minutes to Union station. From there you can get on the TTC or GO transit.

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Getting around Toronto and to Pickering can seem daunting and that is why we are here to help! This guide breaks down your transit options to make the most of your time and your budget at IATC 2023. All prices listed in this document are in Canadian dollars.


For information about our hotel partners, see our Hotel & Accommodations Details.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Toronto and Pickering are both accessible by public transit. Transit is most densely located in the core of Toronto, and gets less frequent as you get further into surrounding regions.


If you plan to use public transit as a means of transportation during your stay in Toronto (or the GTHA), we recommend buying a Presto card for $3.20. Using a Presto card will automatically save you money on fares and make transferring between systems seamless. You can purchase a Presto card at TTC subway stations, select GO stations, and select retailers. Find out more here: https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/get-a-presto-card


The Toronto Transit Commission (commonly referred to as the TTC) is the local subway and surface route operation in Toronto. Service is provided via subway lines, and bus and streetcar routes across the city. Information about fares, routes, and schedules can be found at ttc.ca.


GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The GO is a network of trains and buses that connect the cities and municipalities that surround Toronto. GO connects to the TTC at multiple subway stations, depending on the line. GO connects to DRT at Pickering GO station. Find more information about fares, routes, and schedules at gotransit.com


Durham Region Transit (or DRT) is the local bus transportation for eight municipalities, including Pickering. The bus from the Pickering GO station runs every 30 minutes. Information about fares, routes, and schedules can be found at https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/en/index.aspx

One TTC adult fare is $3.25 CAD and provides a 2-hour unlimited transfer. You can purchase a Presto Card for $3.20 and load single rides or unlimited day passes at all subway stations. More information on the TTC website: https://www.ttc.ca/Fares-and-passes


Go Transit offers one- and two-day weekend passes that must be purchased in advance online for $10 and $15 respectively. These passes do not use the Presto system and are activated on your smartphone directly. For more information: https://www.gotransit.com/en/travelling-with-us/dont-need-a-car-to-go


Go Transit fares are calculated based on distance traveled. Short distances (less than 6 miles/10kms) are $4.40 or $3.70 with a Presto Card. The fare calculator can be found here: https://www.gotransit.com/en/trip-planning/calculate-fare


One adult fare on DRT is $3.25 with a Presto card or $4 cash. If connecting from the GO train, your fare is free. Just tap your Presto card or present your GO ticket to the operator. More information about DRT fares can be found here: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/en/index.aspx

Schedules

The TTC subway runs every 2-5 minutes most of the time. Late night can see longer wait times up to 10 minutes. The last trains leave the station sometime after 1:00am. Check the online schedule if you plan to be traveling late at night. Late night buses run along the subway lines between the last and first trains of each day so you can always get public transit along those major lines. Buses and streetcars depend largely on the route. Some routes end early or reduce to minimal service during off-peak hours. Always check the schedule for departing and returning trips before you leave.


GO trains run approximately every 30 minutes. It is important to check ahead to make sure you get where you are going on time.

getting to BATL Portlands

BATL Portlands is located 33 Villiers St, Toronto, ON.


To Portlands via TTC: (Best for local travel)

  • Take the subway to Pape Station. Take the 72B Pape Bus south to Union Station via Queens Quay and Commissioners for 19 stops (approx. 20 minutes).  Exit Villiers at Munition St. Walk west on Villiers and enter BATL Portlands via parking lot.

  • Take the subway to King Station. Board the 504C King to Distillery replacement bus (eastbound) on the south side of King St, east of Yonge St. Ride 9 stops (approx. 15 minutes). Exit at Distillery Loop. Walk 0.7 miles (1.1kms): south under the highway and cross Lakeshore Blvd, cross the Cherry St bridge, turn left on Villiers St and BATL Portlands will be on your right. Enter via the parking lot.

  • Take the subway to Union station. Walk to Bay St (west side) south of Front St. Take the 72 Pape Bus to Pape Station via Queens Quay and Commissioners for 9 stops (approx. 14 minutes). Exit Villiers at Munition St. Walk west on Villiers and enter BATL Portlands via parking lot.

*Please note that all routes are subject to disruption and delay. Check online for most up-to-date information.


To Portlands on the GO transit: (Best for GTHA travel)

  • Take advantage of the multitude of trains and buses that serve the central hub of Union Station. For most accurate information, visit the Go Transit travel planner: https://www.gotransit.com/en/

  • See directions for TTC from Union Station above.

getting to BATL Pickering

BATL Pickering is located at 813 Brock Rd #11, Pickering, ON.


To Pickering on TTC, GO Transit, & DRT:


While you can take public transit to BATL Pickering, there is not great transit from the Pickering GO station to BATL and it is a 40-50 minute walk. There are a few buses that will bring you a little closer from the GO station, but you will still have to walk 20-30 minutes to get the rest of the way. However, if you are traveling with a group, you can take an uber from the GO station and split the fare and it will still be cheaper than an Uber from Downtown.

  • Take the subway or GO train to Union Station. Take the train east along the Lakeshore East line 6 stops (approx. 40 minutes) to Pickering GO. Walk south towards Fairall St to the DRT bus stop near Westney Rd. Take the 917 Pickering Parkway Terminal bus 6 stops (approx. 6 minutes) to Bayly Westbound at Brock Road. Walk south on Brock Road for 1.3 miles (2.1kms) to BATL Pickering.

  • Take the subway to Main Street station. Walk south on Main St to Danforth GO Station. Take the train east along the Lakeshore East line 5 stops (approx. 30 minutes) to Pickering GO (DO NOT take the Stouffville line that also services this stop). Walk south towards Fairall St to the DRT bus stop near Westney Rd. Take the 917 Pickering Parkway Terminal bus 6 stops (approx. 6 minutes) to Bayly Westbound at Brock Road. Walk south on Brock Road for 1.3 miles (2.1kms) to BATL Pickering.

The GO transit fare from Union Station is $9.40 standard or $7.91 with a Presto card. The GO transit fare from Danforth GO Station is $7.75 standard or $6.52 with a Presto card. You can transfer onto DRT free of charge by using your Presto card or presenting your ticket or weekend pass.


*Please note that all routes are subject to disruption and delay. Check online for most up-to-date information.

getting to BATL stockyards

BATL Stockyards is located at 30 Weston Road, Unit C109, Toronto, ON.


To Stockyards on TTC:

  • Take the subway to Keele Station. Take the 89 Weston to Albion Rd bus for 7 stops (approx. 7 minutes) to Keele St at St Clair Ave West. Walk 450’ (140m) to BATL Stockyards.
  • You can also take the 89, 941, or 989 buses from Keele Station to Keele St at St Clair Ave West (same route & travel time).


To Stockyards on the GO transit: (Best for GTHA travel)

  • Take advantage of the multitude of trains and buses that serve the central hub of Union Station. For most accurate information, visit the Go Transit travel planner: https://www.gotransit.com/en/
  • See directions for TTC from Union Station above.


*Please note that all routes are subject to disruption and delay. Check online for most up-to-date information.

getting to BATL vaughn

BATL Vaughan is located at 1600 Steeles Avenue W #12, Concord, ON.


To Vaughn on TTC:

  • Take the subway to Sheppard West Station. Take the 105 Major Mackenzie NB bus for 13 stops (approx. 17 minutes) to Dufferin/Steeles. Walk 1300’ (400m) to BATL Vaughan.
  • Take the subway to Sheppard West Station. Take the 105A Dufferin North to Steeles bus for 10 stops (approx. 18 minutes) to Gerry Fitzgerald Dr at Steeles Avenue W. Walk 1000’ (300m) to BATL Vaughan.
  • Take the subway to Finch Station. Take the 60A Steeles West to Pioneer Village Stn bus 19 stops (approx. 26 minutes) to Steeles Ave West at Futurity Gate. Walk 820’ (250m) to BATL Vaughan.


To Vaughn on the GO transit: (Best for GTHA travel)

  • Take advantage of the multitude of trains and buses that serve the central hub of Union Station. For most accurate information, visit the Go Transit travel planner: https://www.gotransit.com/en/
  • See directions for TTC from Union Station above.


*Please note that all routes are subject to disruption and delay. Check online for most up-to-date information.

Driving in toronto and pickering

For those of you who live in the GTHA or have visited before, this will come as no surprise: traffic is really, really bad. In fact, Toronto recently ranked as the 3rd most congested city in North America (only behind Chicago and Boston) and 7th worst internationally. If you can avoid driving, especially to Port Lands or Stockyards, take transit.


Uber is available in Toronto and Pickering and can be cost effective when carpooling and sharing fares. We still recommend against taking an Uber to Port Lands as it is near several of the most congested intersections in the city. It is very accessible by public transportation.


If driving is still your best option, all 4 IATC venues offer parking on site. See addresses in Google maps linked below for driving directions:

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