Vancouver & Lower Mainland Regional Program

Welcome to the Vancouver & Lower Mainland Regional Canadian Improv Games Program! 

Established in 1989, the Lower Mainland program is part of a national network of regional teams that join the Canadian Improv Games through their local high school.  During the school year, students gain access to a number of exciting and unique programs that encourage exploring the art of improv, learning life skills like Positivity, Communication, Leadership, Commitment and Teamwork, making new friends and having fun.

For more information, to register your high school in our 2018 program or to get involved as a volunteer, player or coach, please contact Regional Director Alistair Cook at

2017-2018 Lower Mainland Region + CIG National Upcoming Events

We are so excited to see you all involved again this year so register before September 28th and save! Final deadline is November 1st.

1. To register, click here.   (please note that registration is not complete until your fees are paid)
2. For a blank invoice to requisition a cheque, click here or to pay by visa, use the link here.

Please email us to let us know if you would like to receive a free workshop and host an event at your school.

Regional Director, Alistair Cook  

Alistair has been performing, instructing, consulting and directing improvisation for audiences and companies across Canada, the USA and Europe for over 25 years. He has had the great pleasure of working and training with some of the greatest teachers in improvisation.  From these varied styles and beliefs Alistair has developed his unique brand of performing and instructing.  Alistair served the National Artistic Director and President of the Canadian Improv Games for over a decade. This long standing relationship with the CIG has lead to his development of the IMPROVCAMP, NEXT ACT and IMPROV UNIVERSITY programs.

With the creation of these programs and the tournament itself Alistair’s work reaches over 2800 students every year. For his years of work Alistair received the Founders award for his dedication and contributions to the CIG. you can find out more about his work in improvisation at

CIG Lower Mainland Fun Fact:  The Lower Mainland tournament used to be called the BC tournament and included teams from Vancouver Island. It was the first tournament to be founded outside of Ontario. Vancouver is also the region that the current Junior Tournament format was first played.  Rumour has it that a failed fundraising effort called “Garagey the Garage Sale Dinosaur’s Thrift Shop of Dreams” was experimented with for several years in BC. Audience members brought items for other audience members to purchase at intermission. The sale was operated by a small plastic dinosaur with a famous catch phrase “no mattresses.”

2017 Lower Main Land Region + CIG National Upcoming Events
December 4th – Exround #1 (Carson Graham Secondary)
December 5th – Exround #2  (Carson Graham Secondary)
December 6th – Exround #3 (TBA)
December 7th – Exround #4 (TBA)
February 5th – Regional Tournament #1  (North Surrey Secondary)
February 6th – Regional Tournament #2  (North Surrey Secondary)
February 7th – Regional Tournament #3  (Kitsilano)
February 8th – Regional Tournament #4 (Kitsilano)
February 9th – Regional Tournament Finals  (Kitsilano)

Jan 18th-23rd – Junior Tournament Nights 1-3 (TBA)
Jan 24-25th – Junior Tournament Nights 4&5 (Carson Graham Secondary)
January 26th – Junior Tournament Finals (TBA)

April 19-22 – CIG National Festival (Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre)
TBA  – ImprovU Summer Camp (Sherbrooke, QC @ Bishop’s University)
TBA – Improv Camp (Vancouver, British Columbia @Camp Fircom)
TBA – Next Act Festival (across Canada)


Visit Facebook and Bulletin Board for more info on the Lower Mainland program.