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It’s Our 29th Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Mon. June 16, 2014

The 29th Annual Toronto Bloomsday Festival will be celebrated in the ritualistic manner to which you've become accustomed. Please join us on Mon. June 16th when Toronto will join cities around the world, from Beijing to San Francisco, celebrating this unique Literary Holyday.

Last year, we were honoured to be one of the 25 cities across four continents who participated in the first ever Global Bloomsday Reading of Ulysses, hosted by the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, and involving a continuous marathon reading of Ulysses, beginning with ‘Stately plump Buck Mulligan…’ in Auckland, New Zealand and ending, some twenty hours later, with Molly’s final, life-affirming ‘Yes’ in San Francisco.

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."

MON. JUNE 16, 2014

    Join us for a rollicking evening’s entertainment with dramatized readings from Ulysses, music, song, general merriment, and singalong (songbooks provided) led by Maestro, Kevin Kennedy.

    Performing Arts Lodge (PAL), 110 The Esplanade (NW of St Lawrence Market)

    8pm – 10pm: Doors open at 7.15pm. Refreshments available.

    Admission: Pay What You Can

    Parking available nearby & street parking

    Restaurants close by, including P.J. O’Brien’s (416.815.7562) &
                Hot House Café (Front & Church 416.366.7800)

    Reservations & Information: 416. 365. 7877.
                Tickets must be picked up by 7.45pm. General Seating.

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


    Please note that this year, due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be hosting
    BLOOM ON THE BEACH(ES), our usual Bloomsday walkabout.


    The Bloomsday Cast will include

    Joe Allen; Mary Durkan; Daniel Giverin; Richard Harte; Kevin Kennedy; James Kirchner; Deirdre Kirby; Sean Mulcahy; Isolde O’Neill; Barbara Taylor

    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