Big change coming to the Memory Disciplines at the Canadian Memory Championships for 2020*

Why we are planning to modify the Memory Disciplines? Because we feel that the games can be made much more spectacular and entertaining. Also, the founder of our sport does not seem to appreciate imitators (See our About Tab).

Please, have a look at what we are planning:

Along a wall, (or on a table set by a wall) we will have vertical displays of 52 cards in 4 rows of 13 cards. Contestants will gather at the walls (or tables) and will have 10 minutes to recreate the deck that is hanging on the wall onto other nearby tables. The first person to finish this task wins. There will be no more separate memo and recall period thereby simplifying the game.


If the contestant isn’t sure about some cards, he or she can leave his/ her recall deck on the table dash back to the memo display and then come back to the table to fix his or her cards. There will be a paper flap covering the cards that will need to be lifted to prevent contestants from just looking at the memo card display from the recall table location.

We feel that having Speed Cards this way will make it much more interesting for the viewers who will be able to see the contestants going back and forth and who is about to finish first.  The penalty system for decks that have errors in them remains to be determined  but we’ll put up these details as soon as we finalize all the details.

For Names and Faces, Numbers and words we are planning again a similar approach.

If you live in the Toronto area and would like to participate in the testing of these new memory disciplines, or just watch it being tested, please contact us at contact@canadianmemorychampionships.ca

*The Provincial Memory Championships will not be affected by this change this year.


2019 Provincial Champions and records

Edmonton comes first and second at the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship

Toronto (GTA) – Sept. 1/2019 – James Gerwing of Edmonton won the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship followed by Devraj Hansdah also of Edmonton. The event took place at the Trireme Academy in Toronto (GTA). In third place was Justin Justin Bimbrahw, a maths teacher in the GTA, who decided to attend when he noticed there would also be a separate math challenge at this competition. At the competition, there was an error in the scoring and the first prize was wrongly awarded to Devraj. The scores posted here reflect the newly adjusted results, a switch between first and second place.


Millenium Results 2019 CMC

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In the Junior Section, Krish Patel of Markham won the title of Junior Canadian Memory Champion unopposed and in the Senior Section, Lloyd Miller won the Senior title in like manner.


In the Open Section, Livan Grijalva set a new overall record for the Canadian Memory Championships at Names and Faces with 48 points, came quite close to doing the same with Words. In numbers, he was far above everyone else present at the competition and he finished at Speedcards with another Canadian Memory Championship Record, memorizing his deck perfectly in 38.4 seconds. (Shaving 10 seconds off of his own 2015 record)  His performance rating is the highest ever achieved at the Canadian Memory Championships even surpassing the mark established last year by Johnny Briones, Grandmaster of Memory. Here is the video of his winning Speed Cards attempt https://we.tl/t-Mp5ajjEvTD

Here is an post-competition interview with Livan Grijava: 2019 Livan interview


Pan Provincial Millennium 2019


James Gerwin also won the first Pan-Provincial Memory Championship. He was competing against the Quebec and Manitoba Memory Champions.

Here are the champs busy recalling their decks at Speed Cards: https://we.tl/t-xIvYLAodvM

Check out this after competition chat with the 2019 Canadian Memory Championships Silver Medalist Devraj Hansdah: https://we.tl/t-wlaqCbxfWj

Here’s a greeting of memory competitor Bo Cheng midway to the event https://we.tl/t-FrYOdkn1bI

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CMC 2019 Mental Math Results

In the mental math championship, open to all, Justin Bimbrahw won Gold with a tie braker win against Tom Awad who was participating from Montreal. Devraj Hansday won Bronze also by winning a tie braker against Lloyd Miller.

2019 Canadian Memory Championship

 Our 8th Canadian Memory Championship

$50 guarranteed to the new Canadian Memory Champion

To register for this event please fill this form Registration-for-2019-CMC and email it to contact@canadianmemorychampionships.ca

For more information on each memory discipline please check out this link:http://www.canadianmemorychampionships.ca/memory-disciplines/

For past year’s memory tests (an excellent source to train for this event) please visit the Resource tab of this website

2019 Canadian Memory Championship Agenda


The 2019 Canadian Memory Championships will take place on Sunday,  September 1 at the Trireme Academy, 1850 Victoria Park.

The registration for this event is now open.


Introducing the New Pan-Provincial Memory Championship

So, what’s new for 2019?

The Canadian Memory Championship last year featured:

1) Four memory disciplines Names, Numbers, Words and Cards.
2) Sections as usual, such as the Open Section, Junior and Kid Section.
3) The winner of the Toronto event in the Canadian Main section (for adults–but any Canadian can choose to participate in it)  received the title of Canadian Memory Champion.
4) A separate mental math challenge.

How it will work this year -2019-:

A) We will do exactly as last year (above). But we are considering opening a Senior section (60+). Only the mental math challenge will differ because we will allow any competitor in the Pan Provincial Memory Championship to participate in it from their own province. The format for the mental math challenge will also differ a little. See the Mental Math Tab for more details.
B) The same day that the 2019 Canadian Memory Championships will take place, we will feature a new competition, the Pan-Provincial Canadian Memory Championship. This will be a separate competition from the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship (except for the mental maths challenge as all participants –Pan Provincial and Canadian Memory Championship– are pooled together) meant to establish a memory champion among the winners of the Provincial Memory Championships.
[Winning the title at any of the Provincial Memory Championships qualifies you for this competition, but even if you didn’t win the provincial championship, you may be able to participate locally, with permission or invitation from your local Provincial Memory Champion.]

Here is how it works:

a) The Canadian Memory Championships will mail to the winners of each Provincial Memory Championship a sealed copy (or copies) of the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship Memory Disciplines, including Names, Words and Numbers along with the separate mental math challenge.
b) The Provincial Memory Championship Winners will be competing against each other in the Pan-Provincial Memory Championship using preferably the same arbiters that they used to win their Provincial Memory Champion title and preferably at the same location where they won their provincial memory championship title.
c) The Provincial Champion will have the permission to open up his or her competition to a few others, at his or her discretion. These other participants will be able to get a national ranking, but only the scores of the current Provincial Champions will be used to determine the Pan-Provincial Memory Champion.
d) Although the same memory disciplines will be used on the same day in both the Pan-Provincial and the 2019 Canadian Memory Championships, a contestant must compete in Toronto to be eligible to win the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship title or to rank in that competition. Only a Provincial Championship winner who participates in the main event in Toronto will be eligible to be ranked in both competitions. There are no qualification requirements to participate in the 2019 Canadian Memory Championships in Toronto.
 e)  Only the Pan-Provincial Mental Math Challenge Participants will have their scores included in the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship results of the Mental Math Challenge. This means that a Pan-Provincial Memory Championship participant, who was invited to participate by the Provincial Memory Champion, could win the mental math challenge of the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship.
  We have decided to do it this way this year to encourage and facilitate the participation of more people.


The Provincials 2018Capture

Here are all the winners of this year’s Provincial Memory Championships. New records were established: In Manitoba, David Russell doubled his previous record of 21 cards and in Alberta, Jim Gerwing shaved 11 seconds from his previous record.  Congratulations!


CMC 2018 MP Capture

The scores above reflect the best ever results achieved by Canadian Competitors at a Canadian Memory Championship. For more details on how we calculated these points please check this link 2018 Millennium-points-of-the-Canadian-Memory-Championships.

The scores below reflect the best ever results achieved in the Open Section of the Canadian Memory Championships. The points were calculated using the 2018 Millennium-points-of-the-Canadian-Memory-Championships.

Open Millennium Points 2018Capture


Free Memory Tutorial Meetings

In preparation for the 2020 Canadian Memory Championship, we are organizing free memory tutorial club meetings, led by a memory technique expert. This is now a monthly meeting on Saturdays, in a downtown Toronto Library to help people improve their memories. Space is limited. Reserve your seat at contact@canadianmemorychampionships.ca for the Toronto meetings.

9 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello ! I wanted to know if the championship is an open event ? I would like to film and interview people in for a documentary project.

    Thank you.


    1. Yes, spectators are welcome and you can bring a camera with you. You are free to talk to contestants but they are also free not to talk to you; typically, memory athletes prefer to be left alone in the minutes prior to the competition to save their mental energies.


  2. Hi ! I am Selim I am interesting with Memory championships I am from Afghanistan But leaving in Turkey. I was attend on Turkey Memoriad Championship which take place on first of October in İstanbul. I make the first degree on speed cards category by 72. second. Now I want to attend to 2017 Canada Memory Championship Could you direct me what must I do Now.
    Thanks already for your help.


    1. Hi Selim, the 2017 Canadian Memory Championships does not have a definite date or location set yet and the registration is not open yet. I will notify you once we open the registration.


    1. For the provincial competitions, there is a registration form in the resource tab. Once completed, you just email it to contact@canadianmemorychampionships.ca
      Never mind the registration deadline: The situation is unusual right now in Ontario because we have a central location for this event and there will not be any individual events. In light of this, we’ve decided to allow late competitor registrations for the Metro Hall competition only.


  3. Hi ,
    I have kids who are 10 and 15 years old and like to help and train them how to remember things better,
    Is there any place or website for preparing for this memory champion?



  4. Sorry about taking so long to answer. It went in the spam folder. Yes, you can help your kid improve and one of the best way is to participate in a memory cimpetition. Lucky for you the 2019 Manitoba Provincial Memory Championship registration is now open.


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