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Montreal Families

Montreal Joue festival is a gamer’s delight

It’s all about games: board, card, video and live action role-playing  games – the Montreal Joue Festival offers something for kids of all ages.

More than 65 libraries across the city will be taking part in the fourth annual edition of this festival, which runs from Feb. 20 to March 6. The event includes over 300 activities celebrating the world of gaming.

According to the festival’s co-organizer, Claude Ayerdi-Martin, one of the most anticipated events will be the Zombie Survival Night on Feb. 26 at the Frontenac Library. In this live action role-playing activity, participants will either be cast as zombies or survivors and must try and make it out of the game ‘alive’ in order to win.

Activities will also be held at Tohu, the Montreal Science Centre, Rialto Theatre, Concordia University, Place des Arts and several other locations. The McCord Museum will be displaying classic retro video games so kids can play the same games their parents enjoyed as youngsters.

During Montreal Joue’s first edition, about 7,500 people participated. This year, the festival is anticipating approximately 50,000 participants. The events held at larger venues will be bilingual, but some library activities may only be in French.

Most of the activities will be free of charge except for a handful of games that require a small fee and advance online registration. The full activity program and schedule will be available as of Feb. 10. For more information, visit montrealjoue.ca.

Watch the French Youtube video about the 2016 festival

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