The Book of My Shames offers an insightful and tender exploration of life’s awkward underbelly, animated by sharp wit and occasionally shocking candor as Charismatic Canadian tenor, writer, and composer Isaiah Bell guides the audience through the permutations of a life defined by what it’s missing. The Book of My Shames combines rapid-fire monologues and personal confessions in a cabaret-style opera performance. It packs a great deal into 90-minutes: the work moves subtly between moments of monologue and music infused with honesty, pain, charm and humour.

This piece offers a diverse array of original music — chansons and ballads, cleverly touching torch songs, and expansive operatic scenes. Isaiah Bell’s songwriting is modern but lyrical, blending his disarming conversational tone with a sophisticated classical- and cabaret-influenced musical aesthetic. The original score for voice and piano is complemented by violin, cello, and percussion ensemble. The performance has no intermission. Further details and cast biographies are available at