Last weekend, from the 9th to the 10th of Mai, Montreal held its annual Medieval fair at the Pierre-Charbonneau center. I was able to attend last year, but sadly had no money to spend there. You see, the way I see it, this fair’s biggest reason for existence is for LARP artisans to sell as much of their products and give as many business cards as they can.
LARP stands for Live Action Role Play, which means that people with this hobby actually hone their skills in medieval fighting. Only they use foam weapons instead of real ones to avoid actually killing anyone.
One of the bigger known companies that sell a bit of everything is called Epic Armory. The image on the left is a stand with a range of different swords they sell. I’m okay with Epic Armory. They tend to be kind of overpriced and their weapons are flashy for nothing most of the time. However, I liked the one pricy arrow I was able to afford and the gloves I got from them to protect my hands while doing archery. In other words, if you have the money, go for the arrows or armor/outfit pieces if you ever want to invest in LARPing.
Old school medieval products aren’t the only things you can buy at the Medieval Fair. On the right, you can see designs on gear that would be considered steampunk. The genre permits for more details for steampunk artisans to put on their sellables. You can even see an arm brace with the Umbrella logo which is in case you end up in a post-apocalyptic LARP with zombies (Umbrella is a fictional company in the Survival Horror series Resident Evil)
Other then armour/costumes and weapons, medieval instruments are also sold at the medieval fair! There were mostly lutes (some being even electrical) But I saw nice old school looking wind instruments and percussions too. Some LARPs permit magic users, so I also saw wands and staffs in some booths. I wasn’t able to get a picture of those though
Outside of the center, many demonstrations of medieval fighting were showed, some that anyone could join in on whether they had their own gear or not. I went for one day at this fair and was finally able to purchase things that I’d been needing for LARPing for a long time now. I recommend that if this interests you, to maybe go with a bit of money for small interesting accesories or with friends who will either spend money there or don’t mind not buying anything either.
Visit salonmedieval.com if ever you want to know more about the Medieval Fair!