About the Shoe Project

Katherine with Shoe Project members


The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop where immigrant women tell the stories of their arrival in Canada – through a pair of shoes. They are coached by veteran Canadian writers and theatre professionals. 

Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Writing their shoe memoirs gives members a voice and helps them be heard in the Canadian mainstream.

Now in its sixth year, The Shoe Project was created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

In late 2015, TSP carried out a successful residency in Canmore, Alberta.  In Fall of 2016, we were in action at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association and presented at University of Calgary’s conference Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence.


In 2017, we had huge success across Canada.  Performances in January took place in Calgary, then in Canmore in June, in Halifax in September and finally our women in Toronto in November.


The Shoe Project's first newsletter

The Shoe Project's second newsletter