You’re Invited To

A Live Online Performance

Tues. JUNE 16, 2020

Our 35th Annual Bloomsday Celebration


This Year of the Pandemic, the Toronto Bloomsday Festival will host a virtual Bloomsday celebration of live readings from Joyce’s ULYSSES with song and musical accompaniment. 1904 will shake hands with 2020.

The TORONTO BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL, produced by Anna Livia Productions has been described by film maker Fritzi Hortstman (director of Joyce to the World), as "glorious...wonderful...with amazing the top two Bloomsday celebrations anywhere."

Youtube zoom link


Dressing up in your Edwardian duds with bonnet or boater is encouraged!


The Bloomsday Cast will include

Joe Allen, Des Ellis, Daniel Giverin, Richard Harte, Claire Keating, Kevin Kennedy, David Mackett, Billie Jean Shannon, Catherine Vaneri

Daev Clysdale (Musician), Kevin Kennedy (Singer)

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Bloomsday 2018 – the cast with Councillor Mary Mgt. McMahon


Our generous BLOOMSDAY SPONSORS to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude are

Owen McCreery
Philip Turk
Donald Guinn
Beverly Lewis-Harris
Irish Canadian Cultural Society
Dr. Joe Allen
Louise Bazett-Jones
Larry French
Judith Leach
Margaret McKinnon
Anne Molina
Howard Moran
Colm & Betty O’Brien
Bobbi Speck
John Walmsley

Irish Embassy


This year’s BLOOMSDAY will be dedicated to the memory of two people who did Trojan work for our Festival over the years: PHILOMENA PLUNKETT who’d returned to live in Ireland and died there in Nov. 2019, and FRED KIRCHNER who died in Dec 2019. His hard work, commitment and invaluable support in keeping the Floozie in the Jacuzzi afloat will never be forgotten.
May they rest in peace.

"Sad to lose the old friends."


tribute Fred Kirchner, Mary Durkan, Ethna O'Kane, Philomena Plunkett (1986)
L to R: Fred Kirchner, Mary Durkan, Ethna O'Kane, Philomena Plunkett (1986)

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

A hearty go raibh maith agaibh to our cast, sponsors, and especially to our audience for another fabulous BLOOMSDAY 2019!

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See you all online in 2020 as the Odyssey continues!

Photo: Shelagh Hughes


Framed photo top: Lionel Simmons


Literary Holyday

Bloomsday is an international Literary Holyday celebrating James Joyce's seminal novel Ulysses in which Leopold Bloom, a Dublin Jew, and a cityful of other colourful characters go about their lives in the city of Dublin on June 16th, 1904

A romantic rendezvous

Joyce chose this particular date for Bloom's perambulations as a tribute to his wife and muse, Nora Barnacle, whom he first encountered outside Trinity College, close to Finn's Hotel where she worked as a chambermaid. Although initially mistaking him for a Norwegian sailor, she agreed to meet him. June 16th marks their first romantic rendezvous.




We proudly celebrated

A SCREENING of the Documentary Film
TIRFF (Toronto Irish Film Festival)

at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX, 350 King West @ John St
SAT. MARCH 2, 2019

poster: BLOOMSDAY WAY: THE Unveiling

The Short Documentary celebrates the recent Unveiling of the name plaques on four lane ways in the Beach(es):
named by the City of Toronto to commemorate the annual BLOOM ON THE BEACH Odyssey
(1992 - present)


Claire’s Bench

We’re very pleased to announce that Claire’s Bench has been installed. This memorial bench for our beloved Claire Crawford who was such a crucial part of Bloomsday for so many years is situated right on the Boardwalk along the Beach, just east of Balmy Beach, between Balsam and Beech. Situated under an overhanging tree looking out on a small cove and rocky area, it’s the perfect spot to sit and contemplate.

Our installation ceremony in January 2011, which involved, among other rituals, a Blessing of the Bench with Bell’s Whiskey (Claire’s favourite) was a celebration of her wonderful spirit and indomitable life-force.

The inscription on the bench reads
For actress CLAIRE CRAWFORD GUINN who loved celebrating Bloomsday here on June 16th. From all of us who loved her. ReJoyce!

Thanks to all her friends and fans whose generosity made the installation of Claire’s Bench possible.
Ar dheis lamh Dé go raibh a anam – May she rest in peace


Buck Mulligan says Hello!

We are proud to be twinned with the Glasthule & Sandycove Bloomsday Festival which takes place in Caveston's of Glasthule and Fitzgerald's of Sandycove, in the shadow of the Martello Tower immortalised in the opening chapter of Ulysses.


An Invitation

If you would like to become involved in the BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL, please get in touch. Volunteers in all departments are most welcome.




Anna Livia Productions is a registered charity. We will happily issue a Tax Receipt for all donations received, with our gratitude.




They may not be with us in person, but their spirit lives in our hearts. We remember the Bloomsday actors

Joyce Campion
Helena Carroll
Claire Crawford
Ingrid Heming
Sean Hewitt
Sean Mulcahy
Hugh O’Donnell

We remember our faithful Bloomsday supporters

Peggy Delaney
Diana Dennis
Peter Harris
Jane Kennedy
Joe McGann
David Wilkinson

May their generous souls rest in peace.


Bloomsday Director: Richard Harte
Bloomsday Information: 416.778.8203
Bloomsday Email:

Bloomsday Festival Founders: Mary Durkan & Judith McGilligan (1986)

Artistic Director: Mary Durkan
Information: 416.365.7877

Website: Einar Haeh