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.
Can you contribute? Yes:

News and Events


Members of The Shoe Project Calgary before the sold-out, standing-ovation performance on January 21, 2018

The Shoe Project comes to Vancouver

Recruiting is complete for the Vancouver Shoe Project.  Workshops begin at the Museum of Vancouver on February 22nd.

View bios and pictures for our new Vancouver mentors, Caroline Adderson, Alison Matthews, and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Congratulations to the twelve Shoe Project participants for their moving performances in the November 7 and 9 Toronto performances of Where is Peace?

... the Shoe Project pulled me deep into immigrants’ and refugees’ stories  Timson, the Toronto Star

"Women share their migrating experiences with the help of shoes"  Kaitlin Jingco, Canadian Immigrant

Check out The Shoe Project Facebook page for photos of the event!

The Shoe Project Performance in Halifax

On September 15 and 17, 2017 Halifax's immigrant and refugee women shared the stories of their journeys to Canada. For photos, check our Facebook page.

View the video from the September 17 performance on the Shoe Project YouTube Channel.

Meet our Members

Sayuri Takatsuki and Mom
Each month we will feature one of our members.

This month we present Sayuri Takatsuki.

Q: What does Canada mean to you in three words?
A: Home without mother. 

Meet our featured member and read her story.