CIG43 National Festival Team Registration 2020

JOIN US IN OTTAWA (MAY 10-15, 2020)!

Just because you are not one of the eighteen national competing teams this year, doesn’t mean you can’t join us at our national stage in Ottawa in May!  Registration is now open for The National Festival Team Experience! 

Teacher supervisors can register to bring the whole improv team or just a few members.  Either way,  join us at our annual National Tournament & Festival to participate in our extensive workshops, performances, Ottawa sightseeing field trips, and so much more, all while connecting with like-minded students from across Canada!

The Festival Team Experience:

Workshops + Forums

As a Canadian Improv Games Festival Team, students will have the opportunity to participate in the same workshops, forums and showcases as their peers from across Canada who have advanced to perform at the National Tournament.  This will allow teams to meet and learn from each other in a cooperative, engaging atmosphere.

Workshops take place throughout the day between 9am-5pm.  Students can chose from a variety of topics and skill levels from introductory improv lessons to intensive, advanced learning sessions all led by some of the best trainers in Canada.  The full list of workshops will be finalized in January and sent to you shortly thereafter.

CIG also offer a variety of ‘coaches sessions’ for teachers and coaches who accompany their students to the National Festival.  Here coaches and teachers come together to improvise, judge and learn from our staff, trainers and other veteran coaches. This is always a highlight for us at the National Festival, especially having seen great cross-Canada friendships develop amongst coaches and teachers that have paved the way for new legendary teams.

National Tournament Showcase Tickets

As part of the registration package, students will also receive a festival pass to see performances at the Canadian Improv Games National Tournament each night (May 11,12,13,14).  Here Festival Participants will have the opportunity to see their peers (regional finalists from across Canada) perform while seeing firsthand the wide variety of styles the Canadian Improv Games has to offer (as represented by all the regional tournaments).

Mon May 11, 7pm-10:30pm – semi-finals
Tues May 12, 7pm-10:30pm – semi-finals
Wed May 13, 7pm-10:30pm – semi-finals
Thurs May 14, 7pm-10:30pm – finals

Elective Activities

Each day students registered as Festival Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a number of elective activities.  Courses and activities range from specialized leadership training programs and attending panel discussions lead by arts professionals and other industry representatives to give students insight into careers in the arts to specially selected field trips and sightseeing activities that focus on the history and local culture of the Nation’s Capital.  A full list of activities will be finalized in January and sent to you shortly thereafter.



The Festival Team Experience is open to any student team currently registered with a Canadian Improv Games Regional Tournament.  Students must be accompanied by their assigned teacher supervisor (or a chaperone with approval from the school’s principal or school board).

Registration is also open to schools new to the Canadian Improv Games format that are interested in attending the National Tournament & Festival to receive an extensive introductory hands-on learning experience with our top trainers and performers from across Canada while taking part in all the fun!  If you are a new school, please contact for more information!



Registration deadline March 1, 2020

If you plan on coming to Nationals as a Festival Team but think you might have a chance of coming as a regional finalist to compete at the National Tournament, you should still register by the March 1st, 2020 deadline.  You can wait until after your Tournament to pay (by March 5th, 2020).

Step 1: Register by March 1, 2020 on MyCIG, our new online portal for the National Festival
Whether you are paying online or by cheque, you’ll need to register on MyCIG.

Step 2: Pay your Registration Fees by MARCH 5, 2020
The cost of registration is $96 per student (no charge for teachers).  You can pay directly on MyCIG using Square, or download a pre-filled Invoice and mail a cheque.

To make a payment by cheque, please make the cheque out to the ‘Canadian Improv Games’ and mail it to the address below. If you lost your MyCIG invoice, complete this order form and send it with the cheque, so we know how many students you are paying for.

Canadian Improv Games
Suite #415, 2818 Main Street,
Vancouver, BC V5T 0C1

Step 3: Reserve your hotel accommodations
Please fill out the hotel booking for here to hold your hotel spot!   The hotel will need to know how many nights you are staying for as soon as possible in order to hold reservations for you (the hotel sells out fast!)  If you have not paid your registration fees by March 5th your hotel rooms will be released.

This year we will be staying at Les Suites Hotel at 130 Besserer Street near UOttawa Campus. All rooms have full kitchens and pullout sofas.

One Bedroom Suite $249.00/night (4 occupancy)
with kitchen and living room with double pullout sofa

One Bedroom Suite $329.00/night (6 occupants)
with 2 Queen beds, kitchen and living room with double pullout sofa

Two Bedroom Family Suite $349.00/night (6 occupants)
Room 1 has Queen bed
Room 2 has two Double beds
plus kitchen and double pullout sofa