Beast of The East is an annual tournament organized by Montréal Roller Derby since 2008. Only teams coming from the east region can participate. At the end of every April, 16 teams play each others during 20 minutes games.
The brevity of the games makes for go for broke derby and pellmell action. Seedings become almost superfluous during these short duration bouts that start right off the bat at 8 in the morning on Saturday and run every 40 minutes over two days. Beast is double knockout, so some teams can start drinking their beers by the end of Saturday. Not until the last two games to decide 3rd and 4th place, and the final itself do the games extend over two 20 minute periods.