It’s Our 33th Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Saturday June 16,

The 33th Annual Toronto Bloomsday Festival will be celebrated in the ritualistic manner to which you've become accustomed. Please join us on Sat. JUNE 16th when Toronto will join cities around the world, from Beijing to San Francisco, celebrating this unique Literary Holyday.

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."


If it’s raining heavily on June 16th, please proceed to the Gathering Space at the BEACHES LIBRARY, 2161 Queen St East @ Lee Ave for a 10am start

For up-to-the-minute location information, please phone 416.778.8203

9.00am – 12noon

A re-creation of Dublin 1904 with dramatized ULYSSES readings and musical accompaniment

PLEASE NOTE the new Assembly Point and Starting Time

9.00am: Assembly at BEACHES LIBRARY, 2161 Queen St. E @ Lee Ave.
9.00am – 11.00am: Readings along Boardwalk, Park & Bandstand
11.00am – Noon: Readings & music at Beaches Library, 2161 Queen E. @ Lee Ave. (416.393.7703)
SEATING at the Library is on a first-come basis

Late arrivals please phone the Bloomsday cellphone 416.778.8203 for up-to-the-minute location, or follow the blue & white balloons and the fiddle music.

Noon – 2.00pm
The Gastro Pub, 1987 Queen E. (Just west of Kew Gdns)

647.222.1275 The Gastro Pub
Our Davy Byrne’s with great food, music, readings, a fun Ulysses quiz, singalong & merriment.

Join us at Claire’s Bench on the Boardwalk to commemorate some dear friends of Bloomsday who, although no longer with us physically, are always with us in spirit, especially on Bloomsday, a festival they celebrated with gusto. We will sing some songs, including Anna Liffey, in their honour.


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


The Bloomsday Cast will include

Joe Allen; Pip Dwyer; Des Ellis; Daniel Giverin; Richard Harte; Catherine Hughes; Kevin Kennedy; David Mackett; Billie Jean Shannon; Catherine Vaneri

Daev Clysdale; Jacob McCauley; Jennifer Melvin

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

We would like to acknowledge an ongoing debt to
for the decades of commitment, hard work and invaluable support he devoted to keeping the Floozie in the Jacuzzi afloat.
Go raibh mile maith agat a chara dílis!

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.




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.




We would like to dedicate BLOOMSDAY to the memory of the invaluable members of the Bloomsday cast who have passed away.

This year we would like to particularly remember a Bloomsday veteran actor SEAN MULCAHY who graced us with his inimitable style and unique talent since the firstToronto BLOOMSDAY celebration.

His inspiration and rendition of The Citizen live on!

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
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