2018 Festival Bloomsday Montréal – June 12 to June 16
Tuesday June 12
2018 Bloomsday Festival Opener: “Come to the Cabaret”
Bloomsday Montreal’s 2018 Festival Opener, “Come to the Cabaret.” Join us for an evening of tapas, drinks, musicians and sing alongs. Performing musicians include Beverly McGuire (soprano), Johanne Patry (alto), Gary Iannacone (tenor), Anna Fuerstenberg (actress/comedienne) and Lauretta Altman (pianist).
Chez Anas, 552 de l’Eglise, Verdun, QC H4G 2M7
Wednesday June 13
Academic Panel: “Ulysses” and the Irish
Talks in English & in French organized by Concordia’s School of Irish Studies – Michael Kenneally. Faculty, students and experts discuss Joyce and Irish literature.
Concordia University, McEntee Reading Room – 10th floor, Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
Godot at the Coconut Grove
Bloomsday proudly presents an Equity Showcase production of GODOT AT THE COCONUT GROVE a new comedy by Colleen Curran. Waiting for Godot by James Joyce’s pal Samuel Beckett made its American premiere in January 1956 at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. One of the stars of this legendary fiasco advertised as “the laugh sensation on two continents” was Bert Lahr famous for playing The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Corey Castle directs Gordon Masten as Lahr, Jude Benny as Millie Lahr, Colleen Curran and Jasmine Winter as workers Roz and Eve of the Coconut Grove and Castelina Massuda as Mary Bettino a very perplexed member of the opening night audience.
This is “A slice of American theatre history mixed with many, many laughs!”
Loyola Chapel, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H4B 1R6
Thursday June 14
The Irish in Canada
“The Irish in Canada: Before, During and After the Famine” co-sponsored by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). Sam Allison, historian, tells the remarkable story of men and women who made Quebec and Canada.
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4
“The Wake”…a storytelling, poetry and musical event. J. D. Hickey leads a cast of Montreal ‘s finest performers.
McKibbin’s Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop St, Montreal, QC H3G 2E6
Friday June 15
Irish stories in the shadowy corners of the City. J. D. Hickey, actor & storyteller, reveals hidden histories.
Meeting point: Rockaberry Griffintown, 1380 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3C 1K8
Saturday June 16
“Ulysses Alive:” dramatic Readings of passages from “Ulysses.” Local actors perform in scenes both sublime and ridiculous
Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1
Molly Bloom Soliloquy & Irish Literature/Culture
Join us for an afternoon of Irish literature readings, tea and goodies. Actress Kathleen Fee is Molly Bloom in a dramatic reading from Ulysses. Exhibits by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and other Irish groups.
Gallery at Victoria Hall, Victoria Hall Community Centre, 4626 Sherbrooke Street W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1