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


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 Shoe Project Vancouver is now rehearsing for their June 22, 2018 performance at Museum of Vancouver.  Read all about it here:

The second Shoe Project newsletter is now available.

In the month of April 2018, The Shoe Project performed at three locations:

April 17 at Heliconian Club in Toronto

April 20 at The WU Centre in Fredericton

April 21 at The Guild in Charlottetown

This is what they said...

Cindy Lapeña: Stepping into Their Shoes: An Encounter with Immigrant Women

– “[I knew] people had been brought to tears by the performance at the conference in Calgary . But  last night people were brought to levels of laughter, mutual sympathy,  and a sense of triumph by the courage and the stories told. YOU WERE MAGNIFICENT!”Dr. Jill Watson

– “Just a note to say again how much I enjoyed last night’s performance. My friend Annie from Liberia was so touched to hear the stories of women like her who have come to Canada.  Please keep me in mind if “shoes” start walking in this area. We need to preserve and hear these narratives. “  – Sally Crawford

The Shoe Project Performance in Halifax

On September 15 and 17, 2017, immigrant and refugee women in Halifax shared the stories of their journeys to Canada. See the videos on our YouTube Channel.

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.