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: https://ccla.org/give/

News and Events

Hold the date for The Shoe Project performance in Calgary!

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m., as part of The High Performance Rodeo: Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts

Where: Studio Bell, National Music Centre, 850 4 St SE, Calgary,
AB T2G 1R1

For tickets, call 403.294.9494, or online from the Arts Commons.

The Calgary workshops and performance of The Shoe Project are sponsored by the three Govier sisters — Trudy, Katherine and Sue — in honour of their mother Doris.

For more information, contact calgaryshoeproject@gmail.com


New Mentor Barb Howard

The Shoe Project welcomes our most recent mentor Barb Howard, the writing coach in Calgary.


The Shoe Project comes to Vancouver

The Shoe Project Vancouver has started recruiting for its West Coast debut!
If you know anyone who may be interested or would like more information, please contact:
theshoeprojectvancouver@gmail.com. Sessions will begin in February 2018.

More information about The Shoe Project in Vancouver


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.

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.