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2022-2023
School Program

We are back! We’ll be running eleven regional programs this year as well as a distance program and (for the first time since 2019) a National Festival in Ottawa!

 

A full breakdown of the program can be found on this page.

 

Dates for regional programming can be found here: 

 

Cost: $299+tax per team for the in-person program

 

$250+tax per team for the distance program.

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FULL PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

The following is an overview of the Canadian Improv Games program running from September 6th, 2022 until April 8, 2023.

 

Registration this year is based on a per/team payment system. The cost to register will be $299+tax per team. Your school may register as many teams as they like – junior or senior. Teams can be ADDED anytime before the registration deadline of December 16th, 2022.

 

The program is designed for schools that can meet safely in person and can attend in-person events outside of school such as All Teams, X-Rounds, and a Regional Tournament. This program is also built on the understanding that if a school qualifies for the National Festival they will be allowed to travel to Ottawa, Ontario April 4-8, 2023.

 

The CIG is committed to getting back to in-person games where it can be done safely and effectively. 

 

There will be in-person regional tournaments in the following regions:

  • Vancouver Island
  • Lower Mainland
  • Alberta (this program is run through Rapid Fire Theatre, we will provide teachers with information on how to contact them directly for in-person program updates)
  • Saskatchewan
  • Toronto
  • Tri-City
  • Ottawa
  • Kingston
  • Quebec
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland

 

Each team that registers is entitled to:

  • A consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn to discuss options and opportunities for the year
  • Participation in the All-Teams Event (dates vary depending on region) which includes 2 hours of workshop time with other schools in the region
  • 1 performance opportunity sometime before the regional tournament for feedback from CIG Judges and Adjudicators, this might occur on the evening of an All-Teams Event or at another time during the year (varies based on region)
  • Participation in the regional tournament round robin.
  • Possible participation in regional finals, the national tournament, and national finals (dependant on ranking)
  • Access to individual workshops (either in-person or online)

 

All-Teams and X-Rounds

As much as possible this year the all-teams event and x-rounds nights of play will be scheduled for the same day/weekend to reduce travel costs and potential infection.

 

Regional Tournaments

Regional tournaments in each of these regions will take place in February of 2022. COVID protocols will be in effect based on individual health units protocols. Masks may be required to attend shows, venue capacities may be enforced, and social distancing may need to be maintained, depending on regional and venue requirements. At this time, students are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

All other regional rules are in place as per the CIG Rulebook.

This program is designed for schools who fall outside of the geographic regions listed above. This may include areas that have traditionally been involved in regional tournaments or it may include teams completely outside of the scope of regional programming. For the purposes of this year “falling outside of the geographic region” will mean anyone who has longer than a 3-hour one-way travel time to attend a regional tournament. This program is also built on the understanding that if a school qualifies for the National Festival they will be allowed to travel to Ottawa, Ontario April 4-8, 2023.

 

Registration this year is based on a per/team payment system. The cost to register will be $250+tax per team. Your school may register as many teams as they like – junior or senior. Teams can be ADDED anytime before the registration deadline of December 16th, 2022.

 

Teams that CAN participate in regional programming will be encouraged to do so. (ie. if you are a school in Halifax, you will be entered into the Nova Scotia regional tournament, and may not opt into the distance program)

 

Each team that registers in this program is entitled to:

  • A consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn to discuss options and opportunities for the year
  • 2 free workshops. The students will meet in person and a Zoom call will be set up with a CIG trainer for two free 1-hour workshops.
  • 1 mid-season evaluation. Teams may submit 8 minutes of footage for feedback from CIG adjudicators.
  • Participation in the “Distance Region” Tournament which will take place in February of 2023.
  • Possible participation in regional finals, the national tournament, and national finals (dependant on ranking)

The CIG is thrilled to announce that plans are underway to host an in-person National Festival in Ottawa in April of 2023. The tentative dates are April 4-8, 2023 and any teams who regist

 

The Festival will consist of workshops, forums, demos, and tickets to the shows each evening. More information about the National Festival will be announced before the winter break.

 

National Tournament

As always, the National Festival runs alongside the National Tournament, hosted at the Bronson Centre and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

This year the breakdown of the competing teams is as follows:

Vancouver Island – Top Team

Lower Mainland – Top Team

Alberta – Top Team

Saskatchewan – Top Team

Toronto – Top Team

Tri-City – Top Team

North-Central Ontario – Top Team

Kingston – Top Team

Ottawa – Top Two Teams

Quebec – Top Team

Nova Scotia – Top Team

Newfoundland – Top Team

Distance Tournament – Top Team

Nunavut Tournament – 8 selected students to form a team from the Arctic Comedy Festival and CIG Student Showcase

 

This means there will be 15 competing teams (3 nights of play, 5 teams each night) and the top 5 will advance to finals on the fourth night. This is subject to change. 

 

Each in-person region this year will send ONE team to nationals (except Ottawa who will send two) and numbers from this year will determine how many teams your region will send in 2023/24, any regions that have up to 24 teams registered this year will continue to send one team, any region that has 25-44 teams registered will send two, and any region that has 45 and over will send three. Ottawa will always send two teams.

 

National Festival

ALL teams (regardless of regional ranking) are encouraged to sign up for the National Festival! This is a massive improv festival that runs alongside the National Tournament. Students who register for this paid program will receive daily workshops, access to forums, showcases, and meet and greets. Any team that registers for the National Festival will also receive tickets to all of the shows in the evening. National Festival registration will launch in December of 2022. 

 

National Festival Teacher’s Conference

The national festival will also include the first ever CIG National Improv Teacher’s Conference. There will be workshops, tickets to events, and meet and greets. This content will qualify for professional development

Virtual Teacher Consultation Calls (October -December 2022)

Regional All-Teams/X-Rounds (November  2022-January 2023)

Regional Tournament (January/February 2023)

National Festival and Tournament (April 2023)

All the regional dates can be found here:

Registration

Registration for the 2022/23 season will run from September 6th, 2022 until December 16th, 2022. Payment for schools is due ONE month after receiving an invoice. An electronic invoice will be sent to the email you provide and can be paid online. If your school does not allow for online payments, contact the CIG National Office ASAP at registration@improv.ca. Failure to pay this invoice within the given timeframe will result in a removal from the program.

 

The registration form will be checked daily and your registration package will be sent out within 48 hours of registering. Invoices will be sent out within 5 days of registration.

 

Registration this year is based on a per/team payment system. The cost to register will be $299+HST per team in the Regional Program and $250+tax for the Distance Program. Your school may register as many teams as they like – junior or senior. Teams can be ADDED anytime before the registration deadline of December 16th, 2022.

 

Refund Policy

Once an invoice has been paid, refunds will not be given except on a very specific case-by-case basis to be decided by the board of directors. Please consider your ability to run a team(s) before registering. Lack of commitment from students is not grounds for a refund.

This year we are offering workshops by the hour!

 

We are excited to be able to offer in person workshops once again! And for those schools in which this is not an option we had a lot of success and positive feedback from our online workshops in the 2020/2021 and 21/22 year, and are happy to be continuing to offer these workshops moving forward!

 

Any school or team is welcome to purchase extra workshop time at any point during the year- regardless of if they are registered in our full program or not!

 

If you are meeting in person and can safely have a CIG trainer attend your school we will send a trainer to you. A $25 surcharge will be added to workshops where a trainer has to travel to teach at your school.



Workshops cost $65/hr+HST (+$25 flat rate for in-person workshops) and financial support is available if the cost is a barrier to you.

 

To register for a workshop please fill out this form:

Workshops by the Hour