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

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 catchphrase “no mattresses.”

2017 Lower Mainland Region + CIG National Upcoming Events


December 4th – Exround #1 (Carson Graham Secondary)
December 5th – Exround #2  (Carson Graham Secondary)
December 6th – Exround #3 (Burnaby Central Secondary)
December 12th – Exround #4 (Southpointe Academy)


Jan 22nd – Junior Tournament Night 1 (York House School)
January 23rd – Junior Tournament Night 2 (North Surrey Secondary)
Jan 24-25th – Junior Tournament Nights 3&4 (Carson Graham Secondary)
January 26th – Junior Tournament Night 5 (Burnaby Central Secondary)

January 27th – Junior Tournament Finals at Douglas College (Top 5 teams overall)


February 5th – Regional Tournament #1  (North Surrey Secondary)
February 6th – Regional Tournament #2 (North Surrey Secondary)
February 7th – Regional Tournament #3 (Kitsilano Secondary)
February 8th – Regional Tournament #4 (Kitsilano Secondary)
February 9th – Regional Tournament #5 (Kitsilano Secondary)

February 10th – Regional Tournament FINALS at Douglas College (Top 5 teams)

April 19-22 – CIG National Festival (Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Center)
July 15-21st  – ImprovU Summer Camp (Sherbrooke, QC @ Bishop’s University)
July 25-29 – Next Act Festival (Halifax, NS)
August 20-27 – Improv Camp (Vancouver, British Columbia @Camp Fircom)


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