PLAN A: If the sun shines for us today...

9:30am: Gather at the BEACHES LIBRARY beside Kew Gardens Entrance on Queen St East. Streetcar stop: Bellefair Ave.

9:40am: The Kew Gardens Odyssey begins with a rousing rendition of Dublin’s Fair City & Rocky Road to Dublin.

10:00am: Readings from Ulysses, with musical accompaniment, at various locations along the beach, the boardwalk, and in the park

10:50am: Walk along the Bloomsday laneways to Beaches United Church, Wineva Ave. N of Queen

11:15am: Music & Scenes at the Beaches United Church, including the Pub Scene (Cyclops) & Molly’s Soliloquy (Penelope)

In the interests of safety, all Masking/Social Distancing/Air Exchange Protocols will be observed.

12:30pm: Return to Kew Gardens for an Outdoor Picnic at the picnic tables, S of the baseball diamond. Refreshments & snacks available close by at Beaches and Cream Bar/Café or feel free to bring your own snacks.

Wrapping up the Celebrations: A Raffle with some wonderful prizes & a Singalong of our favourite Bloomsday songs led by the indefatigable Maestro Kevin Kennedy.

This year, we decided that as many people are reluctant to eat indoors, we’d have an Outdoor Picnic by the Lake, instead of our usual Bloomsday Brunch.

PLAN B: Should it decide to rain...

9:30am: Gather at the Beaches United Church, Wineva Ave. N of Queen St E.

10:00am: We’ll celebrate Bloomsday with Scenes, Music, Singalong & Raffle in the large Assembly Room at the Beaches United Church.

In the interests of safety, all Masking/Social Distancing/Air Exchange Protocols will be observed.

If you arrive late, phone 416.778.8203 or 647.309.4262 to locate us, or follow the music.

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* Here Comes Everybody Players, Cambridge MA with Mary Durkan as Molly Bloom

* Arts & Letters Club Toronto. History of the Toronto Bloomsday Festival. Speaker: Mary Durkan

* Women Behind Ulysses. Mary Durkan in conversation with Ambassador Eamonn McKee

* Encounters with Ulysses. A TransCanada celebration from St. John’s; Montreal; Ottawa; Toronto & Vancouver, hosted by Ambassador Eamonn McKee


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Bloomsday 2018 – the cast with Mary Mgt. McMahon
Congratulations Mary Margaret on being elected MPP for the Beaches East York riding!


Links for further Bloomsday enjoyment:
James Joyce Centre Dublin

Festival Bloomsday Montréal

Bloomsday Film Festival
Starts June 11 and includes Godfrey Jordan’s BLOOMSDAY WAY which celebrates the opening of Bloomsday Way in the Beaches.


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
Fred Kirchner
Sean Mulcahy
Hugh O’Donnell
Philomena Plunkett

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