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November 13, 2021 - November 27, 2021

Lessons in Temperament

The story of four neurodiverse brothers, told through a cinematic escape into the art and science of piano tuning. An instrument goes out of tune whether or not anyone plays it – something that musician and theatre-maker James Smith knows all too well. So after months of being unemployed during the pandemic, he decides that he will spend his lockdown visiting shuttered theatres, and doing what he can to keep their pianos in tune. This ritual soon unlocks James’ own search for balance, growing up as one of four brothers living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 

Adapted into a feature film by Smith and Director Mitchell Cushman from their award-winning play, Lessons in Temperament, offers an urgent and cathartic story that takes the audience inside James’ mind, inside his piano, and inside a dozen of Ontario’s most iconic theatres.  

Produced in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre Company, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Mirvish Productions, The Harbourfront Centre and Talk is Free Theatre.

Screening Live and Virtually, November 13th – 27th

100% of proceeds go to support CAMH, Kerry’s Place, Stella’s Place, Homes First and EveryMind.


Meridian Arts Centre

5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8, Canada


  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible Seating
  • Elevator
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair Accessible Parking

The Rose Theatre

1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON, L6V 0A3, Canada

Young Centre for the Performing Arts

50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4, Canada