Montreal's Improv Camp
For Adults!

Three amazing days of cabins, bonfires, workshops,
canoes, shows and much much more!

6-8 September 2019, Montreal
Save The Date. Don't Miss It! Book your place now! 20 spots remaining.
CAMP ZIPZAP 2019 What You'll Discover at Camp Zipzap:
Learn from 4 outstanding teachers
Experience the wilderness
Meet great new friends
Special early bird offer, save 25$ - until June 3rd.

About Camp Zipzap

What do I need to know about this camp?

Camp Zipzap is Canada's first improv camp for grown-ups who are kids at heart.

Spend a weekend with campers from all over the place as you bond over improv classes and the fresh air of the outdoors. Not only will you get to experience the wonderful woods of northern Quebec but you'll also receive four workshops from some of the best improvisers in Canada and the US. Campers will be grouped by cabin with one of the workshop teachers as your cabin leader. Cabin rivalries are expected to get heated with contests throughout the weekend to see which cabin gets their name on the coveted Wilderness Trophy.

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Location

Camp Kanawana
Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts
90 minutes north of Montreal

Teachers

4 Incredible Teachers:
Joe Bill (Chicago), Nathan Hartswick (Burlington, VT), Daphney Joseph (Toronto), Nicole Passmore (Toronto)

Date & Time

September 6-8
Noon on the 6th
to 6pm on the 8th

Produced by

Montreal Improv

Venue

Camp Kanawana

Located on the shore of Lake Kanawana, YMCA Camp Kanawana has been the site of Camp Zipzap for the last two years by providing all our guests with a unique outdoor experience in a safe and supportive environment.

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Improv Teachers

Check out our killer line-up of teachers and workshops. You can also roll over each image to learn more about the teacher.

Chicago, IL
Joe Bill
JOE BILL Chicago, IL

For over 25 years, Joe Bill has been performing, teaching and directing improv around the world and is one of the co-founders of the revolutionary Annoyance Theater in Chicago.

Burlington, VT
Nathan Hartswick
Nathan Hartswick VERMONT COMEDY CLUB

Nathan Hartswick is a performer, educator and co-owner of Vermont Comedy Club, a 160-seat standup, improv and sketch comedy venue located in downtown Burlington, VT.

Toronto, ON
Daphney Joseph
Daphney Joseph SECOND CITY TORONTO

Daphney Joseph is a bilingual actor and comedian from Montreal. She’s currently teaching at Second City in French & English and has appeared on Baroness Von Sketch, Private Eyes & TFO Flip.

Toronto, ON
Nicole Passmore
Nicole Passmore BAD DOG THEATRE

Nicole Passmore is a performer, instructor, and director with Toronto's Bad Dog Theatre Company and has performed and taught at festivals across North America. She is excited to return to Camp Zipzap!

Workshop:
First 30 Seconds

A lot of times improvisers will spend the first 30 seconds of a scene (or show) in some kind of analysis about what to do. Doubts can visit you during “The Golden Time” (the amount of time that it takes any improviser to hate what they have initially done). I will help you form an immediate marriage between the Engineering part of your brain (Adaptive Creativity) and the Jazz Musician part of your brain (Innovative Creativity) in the first 30 seconds.

AL's Workshop
Workshop:
First 30 Seconds

A lot of times improvisers will spend the first 30 seconds of a scene (or show) in some kind of analysis about what to do. Doubts can visit you during “The Golden Time” (the amount of time that it takes any improviser to hate what they have initially done). I will help you form an immediate marriage between the Engineering part of your brain (Adaptive Creativity) and the Jazz Musician part of your brain (Innovative Creativity) in the first 30 seconds.

WORKSHOP:
Collective Joy

We’ll work on identifying the silliest, strangest, and most unusual behaviors, details, or points of view. Then, we’ll tackle the challenge of “locking in” that fun thing, and exploring and expanding on it as a group. By getting on the same page and communicating effectively, we can build a fun, crazy world that’s a blast to play in – and invite our audiences to laugh right along with us.

WORKSHOP:
Collective Joy
WORKSHOP:
Collective Joy

We’ll work on identifying the silliest, strangest, and most unusual behaviors, details, or points of view. Then, we’ll tackle the challenge of “locking in” that fun thing, and exploring and expanding on it as a group. By getting on the same page and communicating effectively, we can build a fun, crazy world that’s a blast to play in – and invite our audiences to laugh right along with us.

WORKSHOP:
Ready, Get Set, Play

Do you remember the last time you had fun on stage? But like REALLY had fun? So much fun you forgot about the audience, you even forgot you were on stage!!! In this workshop, we’re taking it back to what really matters; how to maximize every minute.

WORKSHOP:
Ready, Get Set, Play
WORKSHOP:
Ready, Get Set, Play!

Do you remember the last time you had fun on stage? But like REALLY had fun? So much fun you forgot about the audience, you even forgot you were on stage! In this workshop, we’re taking it back to what really matters; how to maximize every minute.

WORKSHOP:
SPACE JAM

Why play in a blank space when you can have a rich environment that the audience can see in their minds. This workshop explores how to use physicality to create more memorable spaces, and more nuanced character work. Players will learn how to build detailed environments physically and verbally, how to inject emotion into physicality, and how to show metaphor through the use of objects.

Kirsten's Workshop
WORKSHOP:
SPACE JAM

Why play in a blank space when you can have a rich environment that the audience can see in their minds. This workshop explores how to use physicality to create more memorable spaces, and more nuanced character work. Players will learn how to build detailed environments physically and verbally, how to inject emotion into physicality, and how to show metaphor through the use of objects.

Camp Schedule

Take a look at what we have in store. We try to balance our scheduled improv activities with free time so you can have the time to explore your surroundings. Whether you want to jump into a jam, go for a hike or paddle around the lake, there's time enough to do it all.

What's going on:
Orientation
at Montreal Improv
Travel
to Camp Kanawana
Your First Workshop!
90 mins
The Staff Show
featuring all the teachers
Campfire and Marshmallows
with BYOB drinks
Workshop #2
90 mins
Improv Jam
optional
Workshop #3
90 mins
Outdoor Activities
Archery, canoeing, climbing
Student Showcase
featuring all the students!
Pyjama Dance Party
with DJ AL Connors
Workshop #4
90 mins
Another Improv Jam!
optional
Outdoor Activities
Archery, canoeing, climbing
Closing Ceremonies
Awarding the Wilderness Cup
Return to Montreal
3 Days
2 Nights
54 Hours
60 Campers

THE ZIPZAP FUN FAQ

Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about Camp Zipzap.
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If you still have unanswered questions after reading this page, please contact us.

Great teachers in the great outdoors. Come join us!

Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis with a total of 55 spots available. Once you have reserved your spot by making a payment, you will be sent a Camp Registration Form asking for further details at the email address used during payment. If you do not receive an email within 10 working days of registering, please check your junk/spam folders. If you still can't find it, please email us at zipzap@montrealimprov.com and we will send it again.

"I liked that as adults we can go to a summer camp and have a blast."

"The workshops were varied and extremely interesting. The pyjama party and the campfire were epic."

Hot
Early Bird $350
  • Three days & two nights
  • All meals included
    (with dietary options)
  • Travel to and from camp included
  • Four 90 min. improv workshops
  • Official Camp Zipzap hoodie
  • Staff Show & Student Showcase
  • Canoeing, climbing, swimming, archery & more
  • Pyjama Dance Party

Early bird pricing ends June 3rd, after which the price becomes $375.00.

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A playful weekend in the wild. Register today!

We offer an instalment plan to help spread the price across three payments. To claim your spot, you can simply pay the first instalment. You'll be responsible for paying the other instalments by July 23, 2019 and August 23, 2019.

"Such a great time, with such good-natured people!"

"Please don't ever end Camp Zipzap."

Instalment Plan $125
  • 3 payments of 125$
  • Spot reserved with 1st payment
  • 2nd Payment Due: Jul 23
  • 3rd Payment Due: Aug 23
  • Includes everything as full payment

Regular ticket price is 375$

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Refund policy

PLEASE NOTE: We charge a 30$ administration fee for all refunds.
If a camper requests a refund by email on or before July 23, 2019, a full refund of the payments made to date (minus the 30$ admin fee) will be issued. If a refund is requested by email after July 23, 2019, a full refund of the payments made to date will be issued, minus the admin fee + an additional 30$ late refund fee (60$ total). Registered campers are allowed to find a replacement camper without any penalties should they no longer be able to attend PROVIDED we are notified by email and given the new camper's contact information. There will be absolutely no refunds issued in the final two weeks before camp (after August 23, 2019).

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