Shoes and Transforming Lives

Veteran to Newcomer, Page to Stage

How?  We empower women by teaching advanced English writing skills. We follow it with voice training and experience in public performance. 

What?  The Shoe Project holds writing workshops, exhibits and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.
Who?  Senior Canadian novelists and theatre artists share their skills with newcomers.
Why shoes?  Shoes cross cultures and are rich with stories.

News and Events



After a sold-out performance at the Museum of Vancouver earlier this summer, The Shoe Project opens the fall season in Toronto with new stories of arrival and adaptation to Canada. In partnership with PEN Canada, The Shoe Project presents Our Shoes, Our Streets. Marking the fifth-month anniversary of the tragic van attack in North York, we bring our personal stories of courage to its cultural heart and hub as a way to bring this resilient community together and to honour its victims and families.

From Syria, Turkey, South Ossieta, Taiwan, China, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, performers in Our Shoes, Our Stories have been coached in writing and speaking by Katherine Govier and Leah Cherniak and directed by Sarah Weatherwax. 

Take a front row seat Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the Toronto Centre For the Arts (5040 Yonge Street) and discover the world of migration and integration. Unite in pride and learn that you never truly know someone until you know their story or have walked in their shoes. Between performances, the public is invited to join us in a dialogue about the power of personal narrative in building and maintaining our values.

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Performance Times:  1:30 & 4:30 pm

Tickets available for purchase from the Toronto Centre For the Arts Box Office beginning August 20th.

We have an Executive Director!
Lilie Zendel has spent over three decades translating vision into action in the arts. Prior to joining The Shoe Project, she worked at the City of Toronto, where she launched StreetARToronto (StART). Katherine will stay on as Artistic Director. Learn more about Lilie.

The second Shoe Project newsletter is now available.

Meet our Members

We are pleased to introduce Mariana Rocha.

Q: What do you like the best about Canada?
What I love the best about Canada is that people still seem to care. People not only can voice their opinions but most importantly, can be heard and have their opinions taken into consideration. Where dreams and hopes can still be built upon. 

Learn more about our featured member and read her story.