Festival Bloomsday Montréal unpacks the rich, storied culture of the Irish in Montréal through walking tours, films, music, talks and conversations.

2019 Festival Bloomsday Montréal – June 12 to June 16

Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm, $15, Tickets

Pre-Festival lecture: “Exploring Irish-Jewish Autobiographies”

Lecture by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland, Galway, with exhibition “Jews in Irish Literature” in the Lobby of the Jewish Public Library from May 30 – June 17th. Tickets via Jewish Public Library.

Note: Lecture and Exhibit are part of the program of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies 2019 Conference, hosted by the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University.

Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M6.

Wednesday, June 12, 12:30-2 pm, Free, Tickets

Festival Opener: “The Music of Mrs. Joyce: Exploring Nora Barnacle’s Traditional Soundscape”

Musicians: Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin – concertina and pipes, Kate Bevan-Baker – violin and vocals, Martine Billette – keyboard. Followed by light refreshments.

Atwater Library and Computer Center, 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4.

Wednesday, June 12, 7-9 pm, $10, Tickets

Demystifying Joyce: A Survivor’s Guide to Reading Ulysses

An inside look at the great novel with tips on how to get beyond Episode 1!.

McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) – 688 Sherbrooke,  Room A241.

Thursday June 13, 5:30-10 pm, $10, Tickets

A fun evening of Poetry, Storytelling and Song

With local poet Larissa Andrusyshyn, Storyteller J. D. Hickey and musicians Patrick Hutchinson and Belfast Andi.

McKibbin’s Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop Street, 3rd floor

Friday June 14, 10 am-3 pm, Free, Tickets

Academic Panel and Speakers: Theme is “Joyce and Music”

Presentations in French and English will be given by Concordia students and Joyce scholars. Note: A light lunch will be available.

Concordia University’s School of Irish Studies, 1455, de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Room H-1001.

Saturday, June 15, 10 am-12 pm, $15, Tickets

Montréal’s Hidden Histories: A Postcolonial Walking Tour

Donovan King will lead the tour. Meeting point : Milton Gates (corner Milton and University).

Saturday, June 15, 7:30-9:00 pm, $15, Tickets

Chamber Opera: Riders to the Sea,  a short one-act opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Very seldom seen in Montreal! Play by John Millington Synge, music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and produced by Johanne Patry. Introduction by John Donahue. Light refreshments will be available.

F. C. Smith Auditorium at the Loyola Campus, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, H4B 1R6.

Sunday, June 16, 11 am-3 pm, Free, Tickets

Dramatic readings by local actors and fans of selections from James Joyce’s Ulysses

Dramatization of selections from “Ulysses”. Local actors and readers perform in scenes both sublime and ridiculous.

Reading Room, Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1.

Sunday, June 16, 4 pm-5:30 pm, Free, Tickets

Molly Bloom: Her Words and her Songs

After listening to the dramatic readings from Ulysses (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) stay with us for afternoon tea and goodies. Then hear Actress Kathleen Fee read and Geraldina Mendez sing songs from Molly Bloom‘s soliloquy that ends the great novel.

Reading Room, Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1.

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