2021-2022
School Programs

This year the CIG will be running FOUR exciting programs as well as monthly student and teacher workshops and student drop-in sessions! As always, additional workshops are available for purchase, and these can be delivered in person or online!

Full program descriptions and registration policies are available here.

Registration runs until January 14th.

Cost: $225+HST per team

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Choose your program

The first step is choosing the program that’s right for you! Follow this handy flowchart to determine which of our FOUR programs works the best for you and your school!

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If you have ANY questions please reach out to our Program Manager, Spencer Dunn, at spencer@improv.ca

The four programs

The In-Person Program

The CIG is excited about getting back to the classroom and back to in-person! This is the classic Canadian Improv Games program and will operate in one of 14 regions across Canada! Safety precautions will be made so that this program can be fun, exciting, and energized as always! This program includes a consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn, an all-teams training day, a spot in the exhibition round, and – of course – a chance to compete at the regional tournament! Teams in this program should anticipate travelling to Ottawa for the National Tournament in April 2022 should they be successful at their regional tournament!
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The CIG Hybrid Program

Based on the exciting model the CIG developed during the 2020/21 season this hybrid program allows for schools who can meet in person with each other (but who maybe aren’t ready or able to meet with other teams) to participate! In this program teams will meet in person and interact with the CIG virtually! This program includes a consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn, a 1-hour intro workshop, a chance for mid-season feedback, and entry into the National Hybrid Tournament!
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The CIG Online Program

We want EVERYONE to be able to participate in the CIG this year- and that includes students who are still meeting over platforms like Zoom or Google Meets! In this program teams will meet virtually and be entitled to the following: a consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn, a 1-hour intro workshop (specifically designed to help teach improv over platforms like Zoom), a chance for mid-season feedback, and entry into the National Online Tournament!
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The CIG Distance Program

The CIG is excited to announce the distance program! This program is open to any schools outside of the regular geography of a regional tournament! Schools, regardless of where they are in the country, will have a chance to compete in this exciting new program. This program includes: a consultation call with Program Manager Spencer Dunn, TWO free workshops with a CIG trainer, a chance for mid-season feedback, and entry into the FIRST EVER Distance Tournament! The winner of the Distance Tournament will also get to compete in the National Festival in Ottawa in April 2022!
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FULL PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

The following is an overview of the Canadian Improv Games program running from November 1st, 2021 to August 31st, 2022. Registration will run from October 8th, 2021 until January 14th, 2022- with most events happening between November 2021 and April 2022.

 

This year the CIG is happy to announce FOUR programs for the 2021/22 season! 

 

Registration this year is based on a per/team payment system. The cost to register will be $225+HST 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 January 14th, 2022 – once your invoice has been paid you may not change the number of teams registered. 


  • The In-Person Program

This 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 in April of 2022 (should an in-person National Festival be possible)

 

The CIG is committed to getting back to in-person games where it can be done safely and effectively. Although we will not be able to offer in-person tournaments in locations where the regional guidelines do not allow for in-person events or in locations where we have less than 10 teams registered, the CIG is excited to be offering in-person programming again this year. We are anticipating in-person tournaments in all regions that allow for in-person events. We also have a dedicated Outreach officer who will be working diligently to reach out to schools in your region so that regions can run effectively and with high enrollment!

 

The following regional tournaments may host these in-person events as early as November 2021:

  • 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
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • New Brunswick

 

The following regional tournaments may host these in-person events as early as January 2022:

  • Toronto
  • Tri-City
  • Ottawa
  • Kingston
  • Quebec
  • North Central Ontario


  • The CIG Distance Program

 

The CIG is thrilled to announce the Distance Program! This program  is designed for schools outside of a 3-hour drive from a city where a regional tournament takes place. This program is open to ANY high school or middle school in Canada that meets this requirement. This program is also built on the understanding that if a school qualifies for the National Festival they may be allowed to travel to Ottawa, Ontario in April of 2022 (should an in-person National Festival be possible)


  • The CIG Hybrid Program

 

This tournament will mimic the tournament held last year for schools that can meet safely in-person but cannot attend an in-person regional or national tournament. This program is separate from the In-Person Regional Tournament and the Distance Tournament and these teams will only be judged against each other. There will be no regional separation and a Top-5 team finals will be broadcast on Youtube (just like the 2020/21 tournament). A link to the 2020/21 virtual finals can be found in your registration email.


  • The CIG Online Program

 

This tournament will be open to teams that cannot meet in-person at all. This program is open to teams who can only meet on platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, etc. This program is separate from the In-Person Regional Tournament and the Distance Tournament and these teams will only be judged against each other. There will be no regional separation and a Top-5 team finals will be broadcast on Youtube (just like the 2020/21 tournament). A link to the 2020/21 Zoom finals can be found in your registration email.

The CIG is thrilled to announce that plans are underway to host an in-person National Festival in Ottawa in April of 2022. There are still MANY considerations (such as regional travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, and hotel safety and cost) but we are hopeful for an in-person National Festival.

 

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 Two Teams

Alberta – Top Team

Saskatchewan – Top Team

Manitoba – Top Team

Toronto – Top Two Teams

Tri-City – Top Team

Kingston – Top Team

Ottawa – Top Two Teams

Maritimes – Top Team

Newfoundland – Top Team

Distance Tournament – Top Team

 

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. These numbers may change over the next few season (based on previous CIG rules for number of teams sent to Nationals)

 

The CIG In-Person 2021/22 Program (In Short)

Virtual Teacher Consultation Calls (October -December 2021)

In-Person All-Teams/X-Rounds (November  2021-January 2022)

In-Person Regional Tournament (February 2022)

In-Person National Festival and Tournament (March/April 2022)

This 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 may be allowed to travel to Ottawa, Ontario in April of 2022. (Should such a festival be feasible and safe to run and provincial travel restrictions allow)

 

Regional Programs

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)
  • First access to paid monthly online workshops and drop-in classes

 

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.

 

The following regional tournaments may host these events as early as November 2021:

  • 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
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • New Brunswick and PEI

 

The following regional tournaments may host these events as early as January 2022:

  • Toronto
  • Tri-City
  • Ottawa
  • Kingston
  • North Central Ontario
  • Quebec

 

Regional tournaments

As of right now the following regions will have an in-person regional tournament:

  • Vancouver Island
  • Lower Mainland
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • North Central Ontario
  • Toronto
  • Tri-City
  • Kingston
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland

 

As stated above ALL in-person programs are contingent on the number of teams registered. Fewer than 10 teams registered in a program by January 14, 2022 will result in the cancellation of all in-person programs and the teams registered will be entered into the Distance Tournament instead. We are anticipating in-person tournaments in all regions that allow for in-person events. We are confident that our dedicated Outreach officer will support schools in your region so that regions can run effectively and with high enrollment!

 

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. See the CIG’s COVID Protocol Guide for full COVID protocols.

 

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

The CIG is thrilled to announce the Distance Tournament! This tournament is designed for schools outside of a 3-hour drive from a city where a regional tournament takes place. This program is open to ANY high school or middle school in Canada that meets this requirement. This program is also built on the understanding that if a school qualifies for the National Festival they may be allowed to travel to Ottawa, Ontario in April of 2022 (should an in-person National Festival be possible)

 

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 regional tournament round robin. All details and rules on how to submit video for this program will be given to schools after registration.
  • Possible participation in regional finals, the national tournament, and national finals (dependant on ranking)
  • First access to paid monthly online workshops and drop-in classes

 

National Festival

The CIG is excited to announce that plans are underway to host an in-person National Festival in Ottawa in April of 2022. There are still MANY considerations (such as regional travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, and hotel safety and cost) but we are hopeful for an in-person National Festival.

 

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 Two Teams

Alberta – Top Team

Saskatchewan – Top Team

Manitoba – Top Team

Toronto – Top Two Teams

Tri-City – Top Team

Kingston – Top Team

Ottawa – Top Two Teams

Maritimes – Top Team

Newfoundland – Top Team

Distance Tournament – Top Team

 

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. These numbers may change over the next few season (based on previous CIG rules for number of teams sent to Nationals)

This tournament will mimic the tournament held last year for schools that can meet safely in-person but cannot attend an in-person regional or national tournament. This program is separate from the In-Person Regional Tournament and the Distance Tournament and these teams will only be judged against each other. There will be no regional separation and a Top-5 team finals will be broadcast on Youtube (just like the 2020/21 tournament). A link to the 2020/21 virtual finals can be found in your registration email.

 

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
  • 1 free workshop. The students will meet in person and a Zoom call will be set up with a CIG trainer for one free 1-hour workshop. *Teams that are new this year and have never participated in the CIG before will receive a SECOND free workshop*
  • 1 mid-season evaluation. Teams may submit 8 minutes of footage for feedback from CIG adjudicators.
  • Participation in a round robin tournament. All details and rules on how to submit video for this program will be given to schools after registration.
  • Possible participation in finals (dependant on ranking)
  • First access to paid monthly online workshops and drop-in classes

This tournament will mimic the tournament held last year for schools that are only able to meet over platforms like Zoom or Google Meets. This program is separate from the In-Person Regional Tournament and the Distance Tournament and these teams will only be judged against each other. There will be no regional separation and a Top-5 team finals will be broadcast on Youtube (just like the 2020/21 tournament). A link to the 2020/21 virtual finals can be found in your registration email.

 

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
  • 1 free workshop. Students will meet on their given platform and access will be given to a CIG trainer to teach a 1-hour workshop. *Teams that are new this year and have never participated in the CIG before will receive a SECOND free workshop*
  • 1 mid-season evaluation. Teams may submit 8 minutes of footage for feedback from CIG adjudicators.
  • Participation in a round robin tournament. All details and rules on how to submit video for this program will be given to schools after registration.
  • Possible participation in finals (dependant on ranking)
  • First access to paid monthly online workshops and drop-in classes

Registration

Registration for the 2021/22 season will run from October 1st 2021 until January 14th 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 on Fridays.

 

Registration this year is based on a per/team payment system. The cost to register will be $225+HST 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 January 14th, 2022 – once your invoice has been paid you may not change the number of teams registered. 

 

Refund Policy

There are SO many ways you can engage with our program- and we have created four incredible tournaments that anyone can engage with- which means there will always be a way for your school to run a team!

 

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.

 

Switching between programs

Teams MAY switch between tournaments as restrictions change. The CIG reserves the right to switch teams should health requirements or enrollment be impossible in a region. If this occurs the CIG will work with schools individually to support a switch to a different program to be discussed with Program Manager Spencer Dunn. This will likely include a free workshop and an extra consultation call so that teams are supported in the switch.

 

For example: If a team is meeting in-person and is able to attend in-person events they will register for the In-Person Program – but if restrictions change that bar that team from being able to attend an in-person program they MAY switch over to the CIG Hybrid Tournament or CIG Online Tournament. 

 

For a different example: A team has been meeting and rehearsing over Zoom- they are registered in the CIG Online Tournament. Then, restrictions are lifted and they are able to attend a regional tournament- they can then be switched over to the In-Person Program. 

 

Should teams elect to switch programs they must do so by January 31, 2022.

 

Please remember this is NOT grounds for a refund or a reduction in cost, please take some time to consider which program will work best for you and your school.

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