It hasn’t gotten a lot of attention in the anglophone community (I guess that’s my fault?), but geeks from around town are converging this weekend for LAN parties, code fests, role-playing games and all sorts of other stuff at the Montreal Geek Festival.
Tickets are $12 for the weekend or $8 a day. The fun is at 752 Sherbrooke W.
And if you’re into board games and other non-computerized geekiness, there’s also the monthly Geek Outs at Burritoville on Bishop St. The next one is March 20 at 2pm. Attendance is free.
Samurai Swords game at Geek Montreal's GeekOut
Last month, as a small group of local geeks gathered at Burritoville for Geek Montreal’s kinda-monthly GeekOut, we were joined by a journalist from Radio-Canada, Stéphane Leclair, who wanted to do a story about the group for Radio-Canada’s Macadam tribus. The story was broadcast the next week and is available online here.
It includes a few short quotes from yours truly. (My interview was awful and I didn’t have anything interesting to say, so there’s a lot more from other attendees. Leclair also used a lot of editing to make us seem more interesting than we really were.)
For those interested, Al Kratina also talked a bit about Geek Montreal for The Gazette last year.
Sadly, Macadam tribus was one of the victims of CBC/RadCan’s 800 job cuts, and will disappear from the airwaves on June 20. That decision can be read between the lines of a piece on the disappearance of live overnight programming on radio, which aired this week.