I’m not an art critic. Or an art lover. Or really an art anything. So when I look through the guide to the Nuit Blanche, I glaze over all the art galleries, dance performances, films, plays, DJs or anything else of the sort. Instead, I concern myself with fun things in the Old Port or anything that’s funny.
But something about this “Art Souterrain” project caused me to want to go there. It was free, it was in a heated environment, and you could walk through it all without waiting in lines, checking your coats or feeling guilty about leaving early. You could spend about 10 seconds at one installation and then move on to the next one. And that’s pretty much what I did.
Winners of the second Montreal Underground Scavenger Hunt
For those of you who missed the underground scavenger hunt a few weeks ago, above is the winning team (they were also the only team with four players, which helped). But if you divide the score by the number of players to get a proportional score, I alone come out on top. So in a way I won.
In any case, there’s no real reason why you can’t try it out on your own if you have an hour and a half to spare. Here’s the list of stuff to find in the underground city:
- Cinéma du parc monthly handout
- One-cent stamp
- Car rental company business card
- Something with the Travel Cuts logo
- La Mini lotto results from last night
- Two medical professionals’ cards (must be two different doctors in two different offices) (2 points)
- A store reward card application
- Underground parking stub
- A packet of brown sugar
- A beer coaster
- A catering menu
- Three spa treatment pamphlets
- Something with the Bluetooth logo (your cellphone is not eligible)
- Something Hanukkah-related
- Something Halloween-related
- Nightlife Magazine
- Weekend edition of the Metro newspaper
- The old Bell logo
- A flyer for a Montreal-area attraction (must be in the 514 area code)
- Four napkins from different coffee chains (must have establishment’s name on it) (2 points)
- Something that smells like a green/granny smith apple (+1 if it is a granny smith apple)
- A banking services flyer (2 points)
- A bus schedule for a route with the number 3 in it (+1 if it’s bus #3)
- A photo of an outdoor pool with people swimming in it (must have a member of the team in the photo) (5 points)
I got 15 points. Can you do better?
Alex and Kristin check their lists during February's scavenger hunt
After a successful event in February with about 40 in attendance, a second underground city scavenger hunt is being organized next weekend on Facebook and through other channels.
Here’s the details:
Saturday, Nov. 8, 12:30pm at the Central Station food court (which is near the gates for the Deux Montagnes commuter train line). The game starts at 1pm and ends at 3pm at the same place.
No entrance fee, age limitations or secret code words.
What you need to bring:
- A team of between one and four people
- A bag (you know, to put all your stuff in)
- Some money (at most $5), though if you think you can get everything for free go nuts
- A camera (anything, even a cellphone camera, will suffice)
- A watch or other time-telling device
- Comfortable shoes
For those of you who weren’t aware of the previous hunt, you can read my post about it, which includes a full list of the items people were searching for. It’s almost all stuff that’s worthless and can be picked up for free in the underground city. You can also read the piece I did for The Gazette about it.
Robin inspects the goodies
For those who were there in February, organizer Robin (that’s her above) has made some tweaks to the rules for this time around, mostly concerning what happens when a team arrives late (which happened a lot last time, causing many items to be disqualified). Also note that the meeting point is different.
There’s no RSVP required, but doing so on Facebook would help with estimating how many people will show up.
I have to admit, part of me totally expected last weekend’s underground city scavenger hunt to be a complete dud. It’s happened before with these organized-on-Facebook just-for-fun events. Facebook had 35 people attending, but those numbers are always hyperinflated due to the way Facebook works.
As it turns out, there were 39 participants, and that was way more than was needed to have fun.
For my article in today’s Gazette, I spoke to organizer Robin Friedman while boyfriend-and-co-organizer Jody McIntyre was registering people. I then followed a team through the two-hour hunt.
Photos, the list and more
after the jump below.