Everyone’s Joyce: Stories that need to be told

 Bloomsday 2015 Program as of April 24

  • Friday, June 12: Festival Opening
    • Stories told and sung: Curses, Dreams and the Music of the Stars with storytellers Jan Gregory and Margaret Nicolai, and Irish Harpist Susan Palmer at the Atwater Library (1200 Atwater) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    • Film Ballymun Lullaby, what a story!  Ireland’s entry in the 2014 European Union Film Festival at the De Sève Theatre (Concordia, W. McConnell Library Building 1400 de Maisonneuve). Followed by a Q and A. from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Pub get-together at 5:30 McKibbins (1426 Bishop)
  • Saturday, June 13: Quebec Irish Day
    • Walking tour: Lachine Canal: Concepts of History, Memory, Class, and Community, the story of Irish Montreal with Ruth Rigby 10 a.m. to noon.
    • Gala Musical Evening at Victoria Hall (4626 Sherbrooke West) at 8 p.m. Starring the acclaimed Montreal Celtic folk band The Bombadils, this evening will also include the Bloomsday Chorale, stellar instrumental performances, Italian opera arias, Irish dancing, and favourite Irish songs performed by some of Montreal’s top musical talent. Directed by conductor & pianist Kris Epps, this will be the gala of galas for all Joyce and music lovers area-wide.
  • Sunday, June 14: Food for thought
    • Brunch: an annual Bloomsday event at EVOO (3425 Notre-Dame West)
      from 10 a.m.
    • Literary speakeasy and book bootleg with Quebec Writers Federation. Bring a book to break the ice. 3 to 5 at Brutopia Pub (1219 Crescent)
    • Evening at Irish Embassy Pub with Molly Bloom’s side of the story dramatized by actress Kathleen Fee (5 p.m. onward at 1234 Bishop)
    • Special pub menu, followed by the battle of the wits lead by Larissa Andrusyhyn, poet and pub quiz master
  • Monday, June 15: Joyce and Irish Literature an Culture
    • The Story of the Irish: their books and their love of learning at Concordia’s Henry Hall Bldg. 1455 de Maisonneuve, Room 1001 with speakers from the School of Canadian Irish Studies, moderated by Susan Cahill. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with refreshments at noon.
  • Tuesday, June 16: BLOOMSDAY
    • Dramatic Readings from the book that started in all – Ulysses by James Joyce: 11 to 3 at Westmount Library (4574 Sherbrooke West) with readers in English, French, Italian, Irish.
    • Closing of the Festival featuring Kevin Birmingham, author of “The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses” – the story of why this book was banned, its writer, and the women who got it published. Linda Leith, founder of Blue Metropolis, will introduce Birmingham. Jewish Public Library (5151 Côte Ste-Catherine) 7:30 p.m. Meet the author and enjoy titbits + libations afterwards. Reserve your place now at the website of the JPL: www.jewishpubliclibrary.org/media/events/9979/1424101147.pdf
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TWO MONTHS TO GO!

June 16 is exactly 2 months from today – the day Leopold Bloom, Stephan Dedalus and others walked about Dublin in 1904 in the great modernist novel Ulysses.

It is never too early to plan for your attendance at the 2015 Bloomsday Festival.

Begin reading or re-reading the book, plan to attend the great CLASS AT McGILL’S School of Continuing Education (PACE): – http://www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/programs-and-courses/arts-and-culture/joyce

AND check out our events here by clicking on the “Upcoming Events” tab.

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New Updates

We have updated our Upcoming Events and added some interesting events that will be happening in the next few days and weeks.  This will become a new feature on this site .

As well, the latest update for the June Bloomsday Events is now posted. Updates will be made regularly so keep watching…

 

 

 

 

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CANTIAMO’s magical spring concert is coming next week

For music lovers everywhere:

Plan to attend CANTIAMO’s magical spring concert on Saturday April 18 at 7:30 pm

This new Montreal Ensemble is directed by Kris Epps – the talented musician who is also directing Festival Bloomsday Montreal’s big gala again this year on June 13th.

SONGS OF NATURE

Usher in the spring with choral music celebrating the wonders of nature! Cantiamo, a new Montreal choral ensemble under the musical direction of Kris Epps will present a concert on Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at L’Église St-Viateur d’Outremont (1175 Laurier Avenue between de L’Épée and Bloomfield).

The programme traces a musically eclectic trajectory from the late 19th century to the present day, with a cappella works by Antonin Dvorak, and Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer and Stephen Chatman. The young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass will be performed with a 13-piece string orchestra], and songs by contemporary American composers Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, with piano accompaniment, complete the programme.

Cantiamo is deeply honoured to welcome guest conductor Iwan Edwards, who will lead the choir in three pieces during the second half of the concert. For more than four decades, Maestro Edwards has been a major presence in the Canadian choral scene, both as the conductor of numerous choral ensembles and as an educator in McGill University’s School of Music. He was the founder and director of the St. Lawrence Choir, FACE Treble Choir, and most recently, Concerto Della Donna.

Cantiamo founder and director, Kris Epps is a graduate of McGill University School of Music, and first-place winner in the piano category of the prestigious McGill Concerto Competition. In addition to teaching and performing, he has accompanied the McGill Choral Society and directed its chamber choir for twelve years. Kris directed our musical gala held last year at Victoria Hall and will be doing so again for the June 13th event.

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students) available by contacting Cantiamo (cantiamo.mtl@gmail.com) or at the door the evening of the
concert. Please visit Cantiamo’s Facebook page to see more details on this exciting concert.

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Get on over to the Segal Centre to see TRAVESTIES

This play by Tom Stoppard opens on Sunday, April 12th.  At 11 a.m. there will be a talk (Sunday@The Segal) by Concordia English professor Andre Furlani who has been involved with Bloomsday in the past and will be again this June.

Here is a short description: It’s 1917, the height of the Great War. In Zurich, Switzerland, famous writer James Joyce is writing his ground-breaking novel Ulysses; poet Tristan Tzara is forming the anti-art movement known as Dadaism; and revolutionary Vladimir Lenin is restlessly plotting his return to Russia. And Henry Carr, of the British Consular Service, knew them all! Or so he seems to recall…

NOTE the link to James Joyce and to Ulysses.

Please go to their web site and buy a ticket!  We are going to be there on April 19th.

http://www.segalcentre.org/whats-on/upcoming-events/theatre-3/segal-theatre/travesties/

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MCGILL PACE COURSE: From Bray to Bloomsday: James Joyce’s Life and World Demystified

This course, offered by McGill’s PACE Program, begins on Tuesday, April 21st and runs until June 9.  It is from 6 to 8 p.m. and is offered by our very own Kerry McElroy – last year’s fantastic event organizer of Bloomsday 2014. While it is NOT a course on Ulysses, Joyce’s most famous novel set in Dublin on June 16, 1904, it will give you an excellent grounding on his life and times.  It will also touch on his many complex and inventive ways of writing.  AND it will get you ready to experience our 4th Annual Festival Bloomsday Montréal which runs from June 12-16th.

Take a look at the informative poster here:

PACE_Bloomsday

To register go to: http://www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/programs-and-courses/arts-and-culture/joyce

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See our new updates

We have made some changes on our Sponsorship page.  Our valued partners are listed there.  Click on the appropriate logo and visit their websites for more information.

Also updated is the information on the Events page with a few more details about the first day  – June 12th and the last one – June 16th. Of particular note is the talk by Kevin Birmingham on his book:  The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses at the Jewish Public Library, 7:30 p.m. on the 16th.  Reserve your place now at the website of the JPL: www.jewishpubliclibrary.org/media/events/9979/1424101147.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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