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Manhunt Montreal: Grown-Ups at Play

Posted by Alanah / September 14, 2007

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Ghetto alleys - safe passage or dead end?

They're after me.

I duck off of Prince Arthur street into an alleyway hoping to lose track of them, but I hear the scuffle of feet on pavement, the scrape of quick steps on loose gravel behind me and it's gotta be them. Who else would be charging through the back alleys of the McGill Ghetto on a Saturday afternoon? I try to run stealthily on sneakers as I veer to the left and leap up a slope of lose dirt and crumbling pavement, only to face a dead end. A pair of brick frat houses sit shoulder to shoulder blocking my; their twisty iron fire escapes offer no escape.

I turn around with heaving lungs and face my pursuers at last and their orange arm-bands identify them as a fellow Manhunt players. One guy knuckles me in the shoulder with a triumphant grin and it’s time for me to go over to the dark side...

Manhunt is the big city version of the good old game of tag. It’s tag with a psychological twist, an ever-changing setting and a miss-matched troupe of fun-loving strangers. it's a game that requires us to use public spaces in a creative way, and something about it feels deliciously illicit, even though it’s completely legal. Beyond a thrill (and a workout), Manhunt is a reminder that the streets of Montreal can be more than mere conduits that we hurry through between destinations. Too many by-standers seem shocked to behold grown-ups at play.

What I love best about Manhunt is the way it transforms the city: trendy coffee shops offer no refuge but a nice bushy hedge can be a sanctuary; tourists become mere obstacles to dodge around but a pack of befuddled students can serve as perfect camouflage for a clever player.

The network of back alleyways in the McGill Ghetto are a favourite Manhunt romping ground. From secret gardens to street hockey to tire-swings, there’s a whole world tucked away back there, a kind of grey area between public space and private dwelling, and a perfect spot for resourceful players to let their imaginations run wild. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out which routes offer safe passage and which come up dead ends...

Manhunt meets this Saturday at 5pm the Milton Gates (Milton and University street) for two 30 minute games.

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Suchita / February 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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Fe9licitations! It sounds like a mgcaial trip. We took the train to Montre9al for our first anniversary even stayed at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel where John Lennon wrote Give Peace a Chance. Mind you, we got an excellent discount and I'm pretty sure he paid full price!Montre9al is truly an enchanting city . . . and makes me proud to be Canadian even if I live on the cold and snowy Prairies now!
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