I found the guide I had written up previously so I thought it would be a good idea to come by here and share it in case anyone wants to start planning. You can follow the Google docs link to here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ns0 ... sp=sharing
I'm planning on adding to it/editing it a bit. I had written it for colleagues who were going to be in town including some essential French for road signs and whatnot. I might write a little blurb on different neighborhoods to give people an idea of what areas they might want to check out or even stay in as well as more info on special events (not just for August). It includes links to my Google map lists I've been making (might do some editing there as well but at least it's a start).
I also jotted down some ideas for language-focused activities (a lot will be French obviously):
LangFest or LangMinisMundo Lingo
language exchange (or other language exchanges - this is the big one, though)
Various bookstores (mostly carrying French books): on Mont-Royal, Ste-Catherine, Saint-Denis, Drawn & Quarterly in the Mile End, Michel Fortin foreign language bookstore, Librairie Olivieri in Côte-des-Neiges, Italian bookstore, Spanish bookstore, German? (or at least the Goethe Institute)
Library for enormous browsing potential (you can pay for a membership
as a non-resident if you think you'll visit Montreal often enough to make it worth it or if you find that access to the online content is worth it).
French films (larger releases all over the place, more indie/artsy/documentary stuff at indie theatres). There's also the Cinémathèque Québécoise which might have interesting stuff. In summer there are also several film in the park series, including an Italian one in Little Italy.
Theatre, improv, live comedy
Music and/or any one of many festivals that may be going on