About the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling

Owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an annual series of events featuring the top-ranked curling men’s and women’s teams from around the world.

Total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling increased to a total of $2.1 million for the 2018-19 season, which is split equally between the men’s and women’s divisions.

Considered majors on the curling tour circuit, invited men’s and women’s teams must qualify according to predetermined criteria. See each event’s qualification page for more information.

The series started with the 2001-02 season and originally consisted of four events: the Canadian Open, Masters, National and Players’ Championship. A women’s division was added to the Players’ Championship in 2006.

Since 2012, Sportsnet has added women’s divisions to the other three majors as well as created two additional events: the Tour Challenge, with two tiers and a total of 64 teams, and the Champions Cup, a special event closing out the season with all of the top winners on tour. The Tour Challenge was created to provide an opportunity for the next group on the rankings lists and local teams to play on arena ice. The Tier 2 winners receive prize money plus promotions to a future major Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event with travel and accommodations covered.

With incredible in-venue branding opportunities as well as within Sportsnet’s broadcast, these events promise great exposure for host communities and local sponsors alike.

Sportsnet is committed to an exceptional event experience. The Pinty’s Pub & Grill Zone allows fans to catch all of the action right at ice level while the Grand Slam Social House keeps the party going after the games with live entertainment and games. Our JR. GSOC and Future Rockstars programs allow the next generation of curling stars to hit the ice and learn the tricks of the trade from our elite curlers — all in an effort to grow the sport of curling and give back to the clubs and communities that make the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events a success.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is also proud to support the communities that host our events; the 2015 Canadian Open in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, helped raise $5,000 towards the community’s campaign for a new CT scanner. Volunteers during the 2019 Masters in North Bay, Ontario, collected donations and handed out pink glowsticks during the opening draw to honour anthem singer Jodi St Pierre with a total of $2,000 raised to support the Cancer Care Close to Home campaign.

All games in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling are contested under the Curling Canada “Rules of Curling for Officiated Play” including the five-rock, free-guard zone.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling has been an innovator of the sport as the first league to trial such concepts as thinking time; reducing the number of ends per game to eight; the five-rock rule; and the no-tick, free-guard zone.

Games are played to eight ends. Each team has 33 minutes of thinking time plus two, 90-second timeouts.

Qualification for Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events is based on the WCF World Team Ranking system.