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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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.


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 ( 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.

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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:


To register go to:

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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:








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