CURLING STONES 1Reigning champion Team Brad Gushue will kick off the 2015 Masters, running Oct. 27 to Nov. 1 in Truro, N.S.

The full match schedule for the second event of the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season was released this week  and Gushue’s rink is set to face Toronto’s Team John Epping in the opening draw.

The Masters features a powerhouse lineup with the top 13 men’s teams and top 13 women’s teams ranked on the World Curling Tour’s total order of merit plus Tour Challenge Tier 2 winners.

Last season’s Masters event in Selkirk, Man., saw Gushue hold on to beat Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen 8-6 to capture the men’s championship