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It’s Our 32th Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Friday June 16,


The 32th Annual Toronto Bloomsday Festival will be celebrated in the ritualistic manner to which you've become accustomed. Please join us on Fri. JUNE 16th when Toronto will join cities around the world, from Beijing to San Francisco, celebrating this unique Literary Holyday.


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."

A KEW GARDENS ODYSSEY
BLOOMSDAY
FRI. JUNE 16,


If it’s raining heavily on June 16th, please proceed to the Gathering Space at the BEACHES LIBRARY, 2161 Queen St East @ Lee Ave for a 10am start

For up-to-the-minute location information, please phone 416.778.8203



BLOOM ON THE BEACH(ES)     FREE EVENT
9.00am – 12noon

A re-creation of Dublin 1904 with dramatized ULYSSES readings and musical accompaniment


PLEASE NOTE the new Assembly Point and Starting Time

9.00am: Assembly at KEW GARDENS, just west of BEACHES LIBRARY, 2161 Queen St. E @ Lee Ave.
9.00am – 11.00am: Readings along Boardwalk, Park & Bandstand
11.00am – Noon: Readings & music at Beaches Library, 2161 Queen E. @ Lee Ave. (416.393.7703)
SEATING at the Library is on a first-come basis

Late arrivals please phone the Bloomsday cellphone 416.778.8203 for up-to-the-minute location, or follow the blue & white balloons and the fiddle music.





BLOOMSDAY BRUNCH
Noon – 2.00pm
Whitlock’s Restaurant 1961 Queen E @ Kenilworth Ave.
416.691.8784
Our Davy Byrne’s with great food, music, readings, a fun Ulysses quiz, singalong & merriment.

CLAIRE’S BENCH
2.30pm
Join us at Claire’s Bench on the Boardwalk to commemorate some dear friends of Bloomsday who, although no longer with us physically, are always with us in spirit, especially on Bloomsday, a festival they celebrated with gusto. We will sing some songs, including Anna Liffey, in their honour.



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

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The Bloomsday Cast will include

Actors
Joe Allen; Desmond Ellis; Daniel Giverin; Richard Harte; Catherine Hughes; Kevin Kennedy; David Mackett; Isolde O’Neill; Nora Rafferty; Billie Jean Shannon, and introducing Matt Gorman as Stephen Dedalus.

Musicians/Singers
Daev Clysdale; Eithne Heffernan; Jacob McCauley; Jennifer Melvin



Our generous BLOOMSDAY SPONSORS to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude are

Owen McCreery
Philip Turk
Donald Guinn
Beverly Lewis-Harris
Irish Canadian Cultural Society
Dr. Joe Allen
Louise Bazett-Jones
Irish Embassy





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A TRIBUTE TO FRED

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On the occasion of his retirement as Production Assistant of the
Bloomsday Festival for over 25 years, we’d like to acknowledge
FRED KIRCHNER’s unfailing loyalty, dedication, equanimity, good
humour and incredible hard work in keeping the Floozie in the Jacuzzi
afloat. We couldn’t have done it without you Fred.
Go raibh míle maith agat a chara dílls!






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Photo: Shelagh Hughes




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Framed photo top: Lionel Simmons



WHAT IS BLOOMSDAY?

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.


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BLOOM BITES

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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 Dé go raibh a anam – May she rest in peace

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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.

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An Invitation

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


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Donations

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


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IN MEMORIAM

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We would like to dedicate BLOOMSDAY to the memory of the invaluable members of the Bloomsday cast who have passed away.

They may not be with us in person, but their spirit lives in our hearts. We remember the Bloomsday actors

Joyce Campion
Helena Carroll
Claire Crawford
Ingrid Heming
Hugh O’Donnell

We remember our faithful Bloomsday supporters

Peggy Delaney
Diana Dennis
Peter Harris
Jane Kennedy
Joe McGann
David Wilkinson

May their generous souls rest in peace.


ReJoyce!


Bloomsday Director: Richard Harte
Bloomsday Information: 416.778.8203
Bloomsday Email: richardharte@rogers.com




Bloomsday Festival Founders: Mary Durkan & Judith McGilligan (1986)




ANNA LIVIA PRODUCTIONS
Artistic Director: Mary Durkan
Information: 416.365.7877
Email: livia@pathcom.com




Website: Einar Haeh