Our Shoes, Our Lives (Kingston)


The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

370 King Street West

Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2X4

Date and time

Sunday, 12 June 2022 from 2:00 PM (EDT) to 3:30 PM (EDT)


Every journey to Canada begins with a pair of shoes. Join us to experience the courageous stories of women newcomers.




The Shoe Project reveals how footwear – whether selected by choice or imposed in difficult circumstances – can make or break a journey, shape the present and open the door to a new future. Every new Canadian has a shoe tale to tell.

“Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going”, said Katherine Govier, founder of The Shoe Project. 

For those who have embarked on a long journey to a new life in a new country, shoes are a powerful metaphor for their journey. The experience of sharing these deeply personal stories is empowering and, for those who are there to hear, profound.

There have been performances in Toronto, Vancouver, Canmore, Calgary, and Halifax – and now Kingston!



Seven immigrant women, originally from Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Russia, India, Bolivia, and South Sudan, will share their stories of arrival in and adaptation to Canada, through the focus of a pair of shoes. 

The audience will be invited to join a Q & A session after the presentations, moderated by Bhavana Varma.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.