Too Close to Call: Battle of the bull’s-eye
Archery District faces off against Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL)
Two of T.O.’s latest hipster hangouts encourage friends to enjoy a night of target practice, one using a bow & arrow and the other throwing axes. Who can hit their mark? You decide.
Owner(s); year established:
Archery District: Derek Wang (pictured), Addison Cham, Manson Leung, Raymond Chan; 2014
Backyard Axe Throwing: Matt Wilson; 2009
How would you describe the sport?
Archery tag is a one-of-a-kind sport that combines elements from paintball, dodgeball, laser tag and archery.
Axe throwing has many similarities to other marksmanship sports but also stands out on its own.
Biggest tip for success?
Always use your dominant eye to aim.
It’s all about consistency. Smooth movement and a solid finish are the key for sure.
Who is playing the sport?
Our customers are mainly young adults, but we also have kids over 12 who play.
It appeals to all genders, body types and ages, but our main demographic is between 25 and 45.
Is any music played overhead?
EDM (electronic dance music).
I have always thought that fat guitars and kick-ass drumming work best for the axe throwing environment.
What keeps people coming back?
The adrenaline and the desire to shoot a friend or loved one.
The desire to improve. Between that and the vibe in the place, it is a very addictive experience.
Any celebrity visitors?
We haven’t seen any yet, but we’re hoping for some!
We had Adam Sandler pop his head in to check it out last year during TIFF. Also, we had a bachelor party come in dressed as Doozers from Fraggle Rock once. That was pretty great.
770 Birchmount Rd., #22
153 Bridgeland Ave.