June is really busting out
all over with events
Shows range from Josephine to the Montreal Fringe to the Bloomsday celebration
By Byron Toben
June 1, 2023
Even though the official beginning of summer 2023 is on the solstice, June 21, the month of June, as in the song from Carousel, is really busting out all over with a plethora of great events, that, alas, overlap one another. Here they are, in order of first opening.
Already opened in May
About international star Josephine Baker, continues at the Segal Centre until June 18.
A guest production from Persephone Production, it until June 11 at the Centaur Theatre.
Festival TransAmériques (FTA)
Continues until June 8 at various venues.
June 8 to 18
Montreal Fringe Festival
At 18 venues with 90 companies and 500 performers, all non-curated so anything goes!
Tribes! (No Matter What)
A special performance, dedicated to the late Rana Bose, co-founder of Teesri Duniya, who passed away in May. At the MAI.
June 10-11 and 14-15
The Good Doctor
Neil Simon’s play, based on Chekov stories, performed by Westmount’s community theatre, Dramatis Personae. At Victoria Hall.
June 10 to 16
The largest celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses in the world outside of Ireland.
1 pm – What’s all the Blooming Fuss about? Opening with James Phelan and Dennis Trudeau. Online only
7 pm – Choral Concert at Westmount Baptist Church and online
June 11 at 4 pm – Pub Crawl from McKibbin’s to Hurleys. In-person only. $26 (includes a drink)
Academic Day at the Concordia McEntee reading room and online
10 am – Morning session
2 pm – Afternoon session
June 13 at 7 pm – Celtic Music Concert at Westmount Baptist Church and online. Trio with Kate Bevan-Baker (fiddle and vocal), Susan Dagher (bazooka and vocal) and David Gossage (flute and whistle).
June 14 at 6 pm – Documentary Film: The War At Home at Segal Centre Cinema and online
The war in Ukraine as seen by refugees in Ireland followed by a Q&A with film director Sally Roden.
June 15 at 12:30 pm – Words And Music at Atwater Library and online. Tracey Waddington in conversation with Rachel McCrum and music by fiddler Jonathan Moorman.
June 16 – Readings from Ulysses at Westmount Library and online. Bloomsday president Kevin Wright and others read passages from the book, culminating in Artistic Director Kathleen Fee’s annual Molly Bloom Soliloquy, this time interspersed with other passages read by Julian Casey as Bloom.
Feature image: courtesy of Bloomsday Montréal
Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been WestmountMag.ca’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.