DONATE to Festival Bloomsday Montréal

To all our supporters and lovers of Joyce and Irish literature and culture we call on you to help us bring you great new programming for June 2016.  This will be our 5th Festival and is now the largest in Canada. Plans are well underway for an exciting series of lectures, academic workshops, music, film and other events.  This year we plan to have major events running from June 12 – 16.

Bringing all of this great stuff to you costs money and so we are calling on you for some financial support.

Note that we have streamlined and updated our web blog.  To donate just click on the “Donate” tab  and follow the instructions. Note that you can use any major credit card and do not have to be a PayPal account holder. However, if you do have a PayPal account the process is even easier and faster!

We are a registered charity for tax purposes and an official receipt will be provided at the end of each year.  Our CRA Charitable number is:  82504 3581 RR0001

THANK you for supporting Festival Bloomsday Montréal.

Dave Schurman for Festival Bloomsday Montréal






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Celtic Harmonies International Festival

To all Celtic Lovers and Irish culture vultures – Attend the
Celtic Harmonies International Festival
Celebrating Nature Through Music, Dance and the Arts
October 2 – 11, 2015
Eastern Townships, Québec, Canada

Go to and download their program. Sounds like a fun time for ALL.. In the Knowlton and surrounding area.
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Book Launch: I See Words, I Hear Voices BY DORA GARCIA

The book Mad Marginal Cahier # 4: I See Words, I Hear Voices, a Book by Dora García will be launched at the Westmount Library on Wednesday, September 16, on the occasion of a group reading of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake organized by Bloomsday, a Montreal organization devoted to Joyce’s works. The event is inspired by García’s film The Joycean Society, which features a reading by the Zurich society. An excerpt of the film will be screened.

Mad Marginal Cahier # 4: I See Words, I Hear Voices, edited by Chantal Pontbriand, brings together essays by international authors who comment on different aspects of García’s research. She explores “minor” literature, “exploded” language, and the unconscious, specifically through the figures of James Joyce and Robert Walser, as
well as the notion of exile within art practices. More recently, she has become interested in people who hear voices and have extra-sensory perceptions. The Mad Marginal Charts mark her progress through a cycle of exhibitions mounted in 2014 and 2015, of which the first took place at the Fonderie Darling (Autour des crimes et des rêves/Of
Crimes and Dreams) in 2014, followed by exhibitions in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Madrid, Moss, and Buenos Aires. The final one, which bears the same title as the book, will open at The Power Plant on September 25. Pontbriand is curator of the exhibitions in Montreal and Toronto.

Westmount Library
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m

Information: Donna Lach at the Westmount Library (514) 989-5386

For more information:

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Notice that Festival Bloomsday Montréal has a new look that is clean and refreshing. It is making its appearance today here as well as on our Face Book and Twitter pages.

While it still is early, we have begun the process of planning for events for this year and especially for our 5th Festival which will be running from June 12 – 16th 2016.

Please keep in touch with us. We will be posting information and updates in the next few weeks to keep you up to date.

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Off to a great start and what to take in today

So happy the Festival has gotten off to such a great start.  Atwater Library welcomed a capacity crowd and major applause for Jan Gregory’s and Margaret Nicolai’s stories and Susan Palmer’s harp and singing.

The film Ballymun produced a local drama.  The film arrived from Ireland just 1.5 hours before it was to be screened.  Documentary’s story is simple – music transforms lives.  The film is rich in associations and the discussion of it by Peggy Curran, Debbie Carroll and Christopher Joyce led to many questions and comments from the audience.

This morning we are off on the Walking Tour which is FULLY booked.

Looking forward greatly to this evening’s Concert.  I’ve never seen The Bombadils, but I hear they are a great group who play lots of instruments and sing too.  And the best of Bernadette Short’s Irish dancers will be impressive.  Kathleen McAuliffe, Brigitte O’Halloran, Ashley Foot, Myriam Leblanc and Stefano Saykaly have each chosen great songs.  They’ll sing alone and also in duets and trios.  See you there.  Tickets available at the door $25.  Victoria Hall 4626 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount.

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Bloomsday News about Storytelling, Film, Birmingham

Story and Song at Atwater Library on Friday, the 12th at 12:30:  Lots of registrations for this event.  We’ll be singing “Molly Malone,”  a beautiful Irish song about a young woman who sold cockles and mussels from a wheelbarrow many years ago in Dublin.  On our streets today, we have sellers of hot dogs and jewelery who are just like Molly with their own stories to tell.  Two great storytellers, Margaret Nicolai and Jan Gregory, are ready to bring you into a world where curses and dreams influence people’s lives.  Susan Palmer’s harp will be the music of the stars.  Click to register.

Film, Ballymun Lullaby at DeSève Cinema at 3 p.m.: Documentary about a Dublin suburb with housing problems where music transforms the lives of young people.  Peggy Curran, recently retired Gazette reporter and editor, will make the connection to Montreal communities.  James Joyce’s great grandnephew Christopher will share information about Ballymun where his father grew up. Click to register.

We’ve asked Debbie Carroll, Professor of Music Therapy at UQAM, to speak about the impact music can have on a community like Ballymun and to make connections to projects in Montreal where music has had a transformative effect.

Kevin Birmingham – The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses, Jewish Public Library on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.A great book, winner of the PEN New England Award for Non-Fiction 2015 and Sunday Times (UK) Literary Nonfiction Book of the Year. Linda Leith, founder of Blue Metropolis, will introduce Birmingham. The Ambassador of Ireland, Ray Bassett, will also be there. Book signing.   Titbits + libations + Irish harp to celebrate the conclusion of Festival Bloomsday Montreal 2015.   Click to register.

But it’s not over.  On June 17th Kevin Birmingham will be at Paragraph Bookstore on McGill College at 5 p.m. to give a brief talk and sign copies of his book.  See info at

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Festival Bloomsday Montréal Starts on June 12th

Bloomsday Montréal 2015 is now open for registration. All events are listed on our “Registration for events” page which is always kept updated. Events run from June 12 to June 16th

Click here to go to that page or click on the tab above.

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