High school quizbowl is now beginning for the 2017-18 season! MacIntro III On November 11, McMaster is hosting their third MacIntro tournament. It's intended for new players and teams, but any high-schooler is eligible. The "king of quizzes" Peter Cordeiro will direct the event. Last year's tournament went to the final tossup before ending with a victory… Continue reading Announced: November Novice in Hamilton and Ottawa
Our events page is finally ready with fall dates and sites. Tournaments are unannounced but are all planned. HS season starts with Novice in November, at UToronto and Lisgar. We'll keep posting as announcements appear.
Update -- August 17, 2017:As of August 2017, the ONQBA board is Peter Cordeiro, Sherry Li, and me. Peter is our acting president for 2017-18. We expect to work together with many members of the university and high-school quizbowl community. We intend to have board meetings every two months, and we intend for ONQBA to… Continue reading Call for Members and New Board (Updated)
We had a quiet year for quizbowl in Canada, so we aren't doing full awards. We still wish to recognize the best high-school quiz players in Ontario.Sheena Li (Lisgar)Sheena scored 27 powers while leading her team to 22nd place at a US Nationals this year. She wasn't mentioned on the HSQBRank all-world lists, but her… Continue reading Top Players for 2016-17
Quizbowl Tournament Date Champions 2nd Place Results? Recap? Lisgar Novice October 22, 2016 Lisgar Jr Lisgar Jr B results MacIntro II October 22, 2016 Westmount "Central RH" results recap Ottawa QT 12 December 3, 2016 Lisgar Lisgar B results recap Toronto Novice December 3, 2016 "Central RH" White Oaks results Lisgar, Westmount, and "Central Richmond… Continue reading All Results 2016-17
News and notes for spring 2017.1. There won't be an Ontario Quizbowl Provincials for 2016-17. We were unable to properly schedule and book this a championship this year -- we apologize for the screw-up. For the teams disappointed, we hope you are making do with other HS quiz activities, and we promise to have some… Continue reading Check-in for Spring 2017
Powerful building full of ringers.We got six teams yesterday, all from Lisgar and Colonel By, so it was a field full of sharks. Every player got a power in this tournament (even the ones who missed some rounds), and 5 of the 6 teams scored over 20 points-per-bonus.Sheena and Colin were the Lisgar A team… Continue reading Ottawa QT XII Recap
Quizbowl is back for 2016-17 in Ottawa and south Ontario. These tournaments have been arranged and scheduled.DateTournamentLocationContactOct 22, 2016MacIntro II @ McMasterHamilton, ONPeter CordeiroOct 22, 2016Lisgar NoviceOttawa, ONRuth CrabtreeDec 3, 201612th Ottawa QTOttawa, ONBrendan McKendyDec 3, 2016Toronto "Novice"Toronto, ONMeghan TorchiaAll these tournaments will use Canadian editions of the question sets. The three novice tournaments should… Continue reading Upcoming High School Quizbowl Schedule
ONQBA has a mandate to develop high-school quizbowl. This university schedule is posted purely for the sake of scope creep. There is a pretty full calendar of university tournaments in Ontario this fall. Please attend these tournaments and win them so foreign schools like McGill don't bring us to shame.DateTournamentLocationContactOct 15, 2016EFT @ OttawaOttawa, ONChris JohnstonOct… Continue reading Upcoming University Quizbowl Schedule
Quizbowl Tournament Date Champions 2nd Place Results? Recap? Lisgar Novice October 17, 2015 Lisgar Colin Colonel By results recap MacIntro October 24, 2015 Woburn Waterloo CI results Ottawa QT 11 November 21, 2015 Lisgar Lisgar B results recap Toronto Novice December 5, 2015 Woburn White Oaks results Stegosaurus Bowl December 5, 2015 Lisgar Dragons ambiguous… Continue reading All Results 2015-16
IHBB and Reach for the Top aren't quizbowl, but they're still pretty competitive. Here are some results from their spring 2016 events.International History Bowl Canadian ChampionshipVarsity (up to grade 12)1. Lisgar2. Bayview3. UTS4. WestmountJV (up to grade 10)1. UTS2. Royal St. George3. LisgarInternational History Bee Canadian ChampionshipVarsity1. Sheena from Lisgar2. Josh from Lisgar3. Alec from… Continue reading Results from IHBB Nats and Reach Provs
A famous person.Here's what I saw at quizbowl Provincials last week.Lit Is ImpossibleTeams did worse on lit than every other category. The low point was the two tossups on the same difficult British novelist. The best it got was with the one Canadian Lit question -- Patrick's common-link question on snow, which someone buzzed on… Continue reading Highlights from 2016 Provincials
Note: The date of the tournament has been moved back a week to December 5. We hope everyone can still attend.Sidney Smith Hall at the University of Toronto.Re-posting Meghan's HSQB announcement: Hello Canada! The University of Toronto Academic Trivia Club is very excited to announce the U of T Novice Tournament, happening on [December 5… Continue reading Updated: Toronto Novice — Dec. 5
Moderators clearly impressedby everyone's cool knowledge.I'm sending a version of this letter to the clubs that played in the 2015 Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament.Hello all --I want to thank you and your teams for playing in the 11th OQT yesterday. The Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament is played every November at U of Ottawa, and I was very… Continue reading OQT 2015 Recap Letter
The 2014 and 2015 provincial champions from Colonel By.The Ontario Provincial Championship for the 2015-16 quizbowl season will take place at University of Toronto on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Patrick Liao will probably direct the tournament.The Championship is open to all high-school teams from Ontario, with steep discounts for teams that have won tournaments or… Continue reading 2016 Provincials Pre-Announcement
These awards are for the 2014-15 season -- most of our winners have now graduated out of the categories they won for. We voted on all these a long time ago. Ted and I wrote the blurbs.A Lisgar player accepting some sort of award.Best Player -- Cameron Amini (Colonel By)Cameron was the strongest high school… Continue reading ONQBA Awards for 2014-15
Lisgar Novice was the first tournament of the 2015-16 season. Aidan Ryan directed, and a lot of (ineligible) senior players showed up to staff. I went so I could insist that the staff all wear nametags, and I did some coverage -- here is what I saw from every team.Merivale C was Daniel, Claire, and… Continue reading Recap: Lisgar Novice (October 2015)
The 11th Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament will be on November 21, 2015 at the University of Ottawa. It will use a Canadian edition of the NAQT IS-149A question set.Details from Rodrigo's HSQB announcement:University of Ottawa is happy to announce we will host the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament XI (these all go up to 11!), we will be… Continue reading Announced: 11th Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament — Nov. 21
For a long time, the ONQBA had a nice website at onqba.ca. We have now switched to using this blog because it is easier to update. The URL onqba.ca now redirects to this blog.The original ONQBA website can still be accessed at onqba.ca/index2.html. It should be intact except for a few links I broke.Patrick Liao… Continue reading Our Old Website
This is a checklist for directing a quizbowl tournament. It is written for small high school tournaments in Ontario, though most of it would apply to any tournament.The tasks in (brackets) are encouraged but inessential -- many successful tournaments are run without those measures. Use your own judgment.If this list is overwhelming, then ignore the… Continue reading Checklist for Tournament Directors
Stegosaurus prepping for quizbowl.Stegosaurus Cup will be a quizbowl tournament on Saturday, December 5 at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. It will use a Canadian edition of the BASK question set.ScheduleTeams should be at Lisgar by 8:30 AM to register and pay. We will start at 9:00 AM, and teams may miss their first rounds if they… Continue reading Upcoming: Stegosaurus Bowl in Ottawa — Dec. 5
Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa. Re-posting Aidan's HSQB Announcement:Mirror of SCOP Novice will be hosted in Ottawa at Lisgar Collegiate Institute (29 Lisgar St) on October 17th, 2015.As this is a novice tournament targeted towards new, inexperienced players, there are entrance restrictions:- Any grade 9 or 10 is allowed to play- Any grade 11 player who is either… Continue reading Announced: Lisgar Novice in Ottawa — Oct. 17
1. Look at some questions.We recommend the 2014 LIST tournament as a good starter set. Test yourself on the questions in those Word docs, or just browse through to see what topics they ask about. Imagine high-school students competing to buzz in on those questions. That's what quizbowl is.(If you want more questions, you can check out Ted Gan's… Continue reading How Do I Start At Quizbowl?
Quizbowl is a lot like History Bowl! International History Bee and Bowl is a company that runs tournaments very similar to quizbowl. Most of their questions are written by quizbowl writers, and many teams play both their game and ours.The ONQBA has great relations with the IHBB organizers, and we advertise their tournaments on our website and… Continue reading Is Quizbowl Like History Bee and Bowl?
Both quizbowl and Reach for the Top are played by high-school teams on buzzers, answering questions to score points. Lots of teams in Ontario play both games.Quizbowl is more challenging and more competitive than Reach for the Top, and quizbowl encourages some deeper learning.Reach is a faster game, and it includes things like one-clue questions and… Continue reading Is Quizbowl Like Reach for the Top?