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It’s Our 28th Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Sun. June 16, 2013

The 28th Annual Toronto Bloomsday Festival will be celebrated in the ritualistic manner to which you've become accustomed. Please join us on Sun. June 16th when we celebrate this unique Literary Holyday. This year, Toronto is delighted to participate in the Global Bloomsday Reading of Ulysses starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in San Francisco being hosted by the James Joyce Centre, Dublin.

On Bloomsday this year, Toronto will join 25 cities across four continents, including Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow, Paris, and New York in a continuous marathon reading of Ulysses, beginning with 'Stately plump Buck Mulligan' in Auckland, New Zealand and ending with Molly's final 'Yes' in San Francisco.

This international reading of Ulysses is now possible because of its entering the public domain last year. Toronto is honoured to have been invited to join in this inaugural and ground-breaking event.

The TORONTO BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL, produced by Anna Livia Productions has been described by film maker Fritzi Hortstman (director of Joyce to the World), as "glorious...wonderful...with amazing actors....in the top two Bloomsday celebrations anywhere."

SUN. JUNE 16, 2013

Bloom on the Beach(es)
Bloomday Brunch & Shindig
Global Bloomsday Reading of Ulysses

    8.30am - 11:30am

    A re-enactment of scenes from ULYSSES when the Beach becomes Dublin for a day

    8.30am: Assembly: TTC loop at Neville Park (Queen St streetcar #501)

    9.00am: Readings with music along the Boardwalk, moving westwards

    10.30am: Singalong, respite, and raffle at Bandstand Kew Gardens

    10.50am: Readings at Book City on Queen St. E.

    For late arrivals: Please phone the Bloomsday cellphone 647.309.4262


    11.30am – 3.30pm

    Great food, music, readings, Ulysses Quiz, & singalong with Kevin Kennedy

    Murphy’s Law Pub/Restaurant
    1702 Queen St. E / Kingston Rd
    416.690.5516  MurphysLaw.ca

    On Sun. June 16, Toronto will take her place among the cities of the world reading from Ulysses on www.Youtube.com
    Our Bloomsday Cast, joined by other Toronto luminaries, will be on air at
    4.30pm reading from Ulysses - Chapter 16: EUMAEUS.

Dressing up in your Edwardian duds with bonnet or boater is encouraged!


The Bloomsday Cast will include

Joe Allen; Mary Durkan; Desmond Ellis; Daniel Giverin; Richard Harte; Ingrid Heming; Kevin Kennedy; Deirdre Kirby; Isolde O’Neill; Barbara Taylor, and Gerard Plunkett as Bloom

Daev Clysdale; Daniel Giverin; Eithne Heffernan; Maestro - Kevin Kennedy


Our generous Sponsors for BLOOMSDAY to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude are
Irish Canadian Cultural Society
Owen McCreery
Philip Turk
Donald Guinn
Beverly Lewis-Harris
Dr. Joe Allen
Louise Bazett-Jones
Collette Skelly



Literary Holyday

Bloomsday is an international Literary Holyday celebrating James Joyce's seminal novel Ulysses in which Leopold Bloom, a Dublin Jew, and a cityful of other colourful characters go about their lives in the city of Dublin on June 16th, 1904

A romantic rendezvous

Joyce chose this particular date for Bloom's perambulations as a tribute to his wife and muse, Nora Barnacle, whom he first encountered outside Trinity College, close to Finn's Hotel where she worked as a chambermaid. Although initially mistaking him for a Norwegian sailor, she agreed to meet him. June 16th marks their first romantic rendezvous.




Claire’s Bench

We’re very pleased to announce that Claire’s Bench has been installed. This memorial bench for our beloved Claire Crawford who was such a crucial part of Bloomsday for so many years is situated right on the Boardwalk along the Beach, just east of Balmy Beach, between Balsam and Beech. Situated under an overhanging tree looking out on a small cove and rocky area, it’s the perfect spot to sit and contemplate.

Our installation ceremony in January 2011, which involved, among other rituals, a Blessing of the Bench with Bell’s Whiskey (Claire’s favourite) was a celebration of her wonderful spirit and indomitable life-force.

The inscription on the bench reads
For actress CLAIRE CRAWFORD GUINN who loved celebrating Bloomsday here on June 16th. From all of us who loved her. ReJoyce!

Thanks to all her friends and fans whose generosity made the installation of Claire’s Bench possible.
Ar dheis lamh De go raibh a anam – May she rest in peace


Buck Mulligan says Hello!

We are proud to be twinned with the Glasthule & Sandycove Bloomsday Festival which takes place in Caveston's of Glasthule and Fitzgerald's of Sandycove, in the shadow of the Martello Tower immortalised in the opening chapter of Ulysses.


An Invitation

If you would like to become involved in the BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL, please get in touch. Volunteers in all departments are most welcome.




Anna Livia Productions is a registered charity. We will happily issue a Tax Receipt for all donations received, with our gratitude.




We would like to dedicate the BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL 2013 to the memory of HUGH O’DONNELL (1946-2013) who was an enthusiastic and much-loved member of the BLOOM ON THE BEACHES cast for many years, and HELENA CARROLL (1928-2013), who will be remembered for her performance of the indomitable Bella Cohen in our 1987 BLOOMSDAY HOOLEY, and later as Aunt Kate in John Huston’s THE DEAD. May they rest in peace

Information: 416.365.7877

Email: livia@pathcom.com