Until Canterbury's timetable unfortunately meant no there was no time for noon-hour activities, noon-hour improv thrived at CHS. Usually held in Studio 118, it saw 20 - 40 players having a blast three days a week. It always ran semester 1. Even after the time table changed, and Ms Moore had to teach classes through most of noon hour, it lasted a while, thanks to the Bofa players who coached it. Each year it culminated in an Improv Invitational where Canterbury hosted 7 - 10 other area schools for a night of play judged by improv enthusiasts.

The night, Looney Night, was held in the Cafeteria or the auditorium, usually in November; teams of enthusiastic players would arrive for 6:30 - weirdly-dressed citizens of Cairine Wilson and FISH, the Gloucester team. We would have a raucous warm-up in Studio 118, led by the referee, and then play in front of oh, so helpful, off-the-wall fans. Thanks so much to the people who came back to ref!!

Each team would play three or four scenes, depending on how many teams there were. One year there were so many teams each one only got up twice.

The judges chose Best Scene, Best Guy, Best Girl, Best Moment. And some wonderful moments we saw! That was the tournament where Brookfield’s Dan Lachance arrived with a pot of jam to be used in each Brookfield scene during the night. Pretty well anything went!

Thanks to the people who agreed to judge, who laughed and watched carefully, and went home with ringing heads to get up and teach the next day!

Ron and Nicole Eady, two of the best judges you could find, enthusiastic and generous, loving the energy, the spirit, and the kids, came back year after year - they were impartial and eager to distribute the awards. They watched very carefully and chose excellent winners.

Always Crazy Fun..


CanCam 1995

Our video team. So many talented, caring people tried out for the 8 spots on BOFA it was wonderful to have the opportunity to field another team in the CIG competition, even if that second team competed on video. The brilliant and generous theory of the CIG was that all regions of the country would be able to participate in the Games this way.

We all really knew that CanCam hadn't much chance of making it in to the National semi-finals, then, but our adjudications showed that we were right at the top of the many many teams across the country who competed.

These big-hearted creative CanCam players came up with sterling games and performances, in the best Canterbury improv tradition. We were all always proud of them.

Thanks to Michelle Blanchette who coached CanCam in '96.

  CANCAM 94-95

Bruce Dale
Josh Byer
Duncan Valliant-Saunders
Tamila Zavlasky
Michelle Rakos
Jonathon Parker
Christie Watson
Jamie-Dee Franklin
CANCAM 95-96

Leanne Thompson
Bruce Dale
Tamila Zavlansky
Becca Kohler
Ben Clost
Sam Madely
Duncan Valliant-Saunders
Jamie-Dee Franklin

CanCam 1995


Damping my bitterness for not getting onto the Real BOFA team, once on CanCam, I soon realized that I was surrounded by Comedic geniuses. Our Video Team was still WAY better than any other Team in the IMPROV Games...save for our own BOFA. So many talented people...so little time. If you saw our Theme game you would have thought so. MELODRAMA. Shot in Black and White, this harrowing tale of a Hero trying to save his Lovely Lady from almost certain doom at the hands of a Mustachioed villain. If you saw it yourself you'd probably bust a gut laughing. The honkie piano playing in the back made this modern interpretation even more authentic. Charlie Chaplin would have been proud. And we were only in high school! Some Moments happen so perfectly the first time, they are hardly worth trying to repeat...or wasting regret over.

Cancam 1995 - Duncan Valliant-Saunders


Very intimidated by the gods that be, I never attended improv club in my first year at Canterbury, despite mad urgings to and repeatedly walking back and forth by the open door of the room it was held in. For some insane reason though, I was able to muster the courage to attend the BOFA and CanCam auditions. Perhaps realizing it was my last shot at improv that year, or perhaps being literally propelled into the room after agonizing about it outside, by a friend, it really all started there for me. I think back to the
audition now, and cringe at the performance I gave, but it must have made some impression as I made it onto CanCam.

CanCam was what one might call the little sister to BOFA. Being the video improv team, CanCam competed in the video competition, which was exactly the same as the regular games. The exception was that it was filmed in front of a live audience and then a tape of the performance was sent in to the Games for adjudication. The winning team of the video competition would then have the chance to compete at the National semi-finals in Ottawa. Though the video competition was more aimed at schools located in remote Regions of Canada, it was still an opportunity for Canterbury to storm the games with its powerhouse improv.

I was on CanCam for two years - 1994/95 and 1995/96. In the first year we were more or less left to our own devices with special coaching sessions with Ms.Moore when time allotted with her hectic and mad BOFA rehearsal schedule. In the second year we were coached by Ms.Blanchette.

We rehearsed diligently, and would argue and nitpick for hours over scenes and what games we should perform, a lot of the time being our own hardest critics. Rehearsals were held a lot at Michelle, Tamila or Duncan's houses out in the West End. I have memories of waiting many a time at Baseline Station in snowstorms with Josh Byer and Bruce Dale, waiting for Jon and Michelle to pick us up. In the interim we were usually amused by Josh's antics and harassing of cab drivers.

It was most likely during the drive to get us that the idea of a silent film style game was conceived. We engrossed ourselves in silent films, analyzing basic plots, characters, the music, expressions and all other elements of the genre.

The game was incredibly fun to play, and as fun to watch. Since the style of silent film naturally lends itself to such wonderful physical expression and heightened drama, it was wonderful to play with, using improv. Much to our delight we found out one of the studio cameras at our school could be switched to black and white. So for the actual filming, not only did we have live improvised music accompanying our silent film game, but we were also able to tape it in black and white.

Another game that was created but never was played, was 'the Hull Game', set in none other but Hull, Quebec. It was quite topical for our viewing audience but tended to get a bit raunchy, one of the reasons hence why we didn't play it for competition.

The idea of the Hull game centered around 'the strip', a street of bars that teenagers in Ontario would cross the border for, in order to go for underaged drinking. It was infamous for recycled beer, violent fights, trashy people, and horrible techno music. Here the action would take place and various characters one might meet on a night out in Hull would appear as well.

The game was a great laugh for us to play, but as well would easily get quite gross. We were never able to really get it to work right or place it into a proper game category.

I really enjoyed being on CanCam; not only were we able to open shows for BOFA, but it was also a good preparation for those wanting to continue and attempt going for BOFA (which Michelle, Christie and myself later did). But it was also a good alternative for those wanting to have a laugh and do team style improv without the huge commitment, time and dedication needed for BOFA.

Jamie D. Franklin

Josh Byer

Jonathan Parker




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