I don't know if i can capture the essence of Montreal quite as well as Kazzie but i will try.
First of all let me point out to all those marjuana enthusiasts that although Montreal may have some of the "best weed" there is far more to this mammoth of a city then just that.
Montreal is not only internationally renowned for remaining at the height of fashion, pop culture and social atmosphere but it is also one of the most, if not THE most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in north america. As a montrealer i pride myself on the fact that unlike the melting pot that is the US, Canada and specifically Montreal welcomes (and does not judge) all races, religions and cultures, all of whom have thriving communities in Montreal. Those "frenchies" as Adam B so eloquently put it are just part of the unbelievable atmosphere that the officially BILINGUAL city of Montreal has to offer.
By the by, Montreal is also home to world renowned Mcgill Univeristy and of course to the greatest hockey team of all time...the MONTREAL CANADIENS!
So don't judge a book by its cover and certainly don't judge Montreal by the opinions of "Big" K man and Adam B as scholarly and dignified a definition as they may have wrote.
Although Montreal's sucess is fairly recent, the city has been alive for hundreds of years. It's been THE place in Quebec everybody wants to visit.
The action in Montreal is absolutely unbelievable. You could visit Montreal for a few days and feel like you've lived a totally different life while spending your time there.
Probably the only city in the province of Quebec to hold as many subcultures and different lifestyles.
The Arts and Media are highly developed there, too. Fashion and Art shows, great musicians, television shows, comedians.
The Montreal Jazz Festival is probably the city's biggest event of all time. Every year, hundreds(if not thousands) of musicians from all over the world travel to perform, or to watch. It's not just Jazz music, it's always very diverse. I strongly recommand it.
And as for the party times of Montreal, well, y'know the reputation.
Sex drugs and rock n roll.
Don't forget the clubs
Goth, Metal, Punk, House and RnB, They have all the types of clubs.
Drinking age : 18 Years
People drink : In parks.
Cops : Too drunk to notice.
Kid #2 : No wonder your hair is now green