Bloomsday 2017 was a hit!
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival a Joy(ce)ful week!
2018 Festival Bloomsday Montréal set for June 13-16
“Whitehot passion was in that face, passion silent as the grave, and it had made her his.”
“A warm human plumpness settled down on his brain. His brain yielded. Perfume of embraces all him assailed. With hungered flesh obscurely, he mutely craved to adore.”
“Beside the rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters of. Night!”
“Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.”
“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
With Love From Dublin: Bloomsday Montréal Greeting
In 2016 Montreal’s Mayor Coderre declared Montreal and Ireland as ‘twin cities’. In this spirit of fellowship the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council, have gifted us at Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2017 with this lovely video greeting.
Last Saturday night I saw my city in a whole new dark light. That’s because I went on Haunted Montreal’s Haunted Mountain Tour led by local actor Donovan King. Donovan led our own sold-out walking tour on June 10 The History of the Irish in Montreal as part of this year’s Bloomsday festivities.read more
On Thursday, June 15, 2017 Festival Bloomsday Montréal produced a dramatic reading of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) by James Joyce with actors Jan Gregory, Margaret Nicolai, Clive Brewer, and musicians Kathleen McAuliffe, soprano, and Natalia Davydova, pianist at the Atwater Library.read more
Lorsque je lisais que James Joyce espérait que l’issue de son premier procès en 1922 lui soit aussi favorable que ceux de Gustave Flaubert et de Charles Baudelaire, j’eue la puce à l’oreille.
Flaubert fut poursuivi pour atteinte à la morale publique : son livre Madame Bovary racontant les déboires amoureux et monétaires d’une bourgeoise de campagne, se terminant par le suicide de celle-ci, pouvait entrainer les femmes à suivre son exemple par mimesis.
Our last Bloomsday brunch at EVOO was on Sunday, June 11 and we celebrated it with panache. One of the particularly interesting condiments that Peter served with his Irish breakfast was a succulent little homemade ketchup. While Peter’s was superb, I had also experimented with homemade ketchup, trying to avoid all the sugar and fructose that is in the commercial brands. Here is the fruit of my efforts.read more
On May 10th Festival Bloomsday Montreal held a Tribute to Gus O’Gorman who died on October 27, 2016. Gus was the quintessential member of the Montreal Irish Community. Involved in many aspects of life here in Montreal, Gus loved his work as a radiologist, sports...read more
This month I met up with Sarah Frank who is one half of the Bombadils—a Celtic and Folk musical duo who have already released three albums. Their first album is named Fill Your Boots, in honor of a popular Newfoundland expression that means to “go for it”. And for...read more