Please come to the fifth annual Shoe Project performance. Entitled “Where is Peace” the evening features women from South Sudan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Egypt and other countries telling the stories of their journey to Canada- through a pair of shoes. Be ready for surprise footwear on the bill – ice cleats, and flippers. Nov 7 and 9 at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, 7.30 pm, bar opens 6.30 pm.
For more Information: www.theshoeproject.online
Canadian novelist Katherine Govier created The Shoe Project in Toronto in 2011 at The Bata Shoe Museum. Now a project of the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, The Shoe Project supports immigrant and refugee women from around the world to improve their English writing and public speaking skills so they might take part in the national dialogue. The Project has since expanded to Calgary, Canmore, Halifax and Vancouver, and has over 100 members who have performed at museums, corporations, cultural clubs, colleges and storytelling festivals.
The Shoe Project is coached across Canada by veteran writers Govier, Alissa York, Marina Endicott and Caroline Adderson as well as theatre professionals Leah Cherniak and others. The Shoe Project has partnered with CCLET for the past four years as a part of its outreach to immigrant and refugee women.
I have never imagined I could be standing in front of an audience sharing a personal story in English. The Shoe Project has been the most empowering experience in my life.
– Natalia, participant from Uruguay
I’m blown away. Those women are amazing, their stories bold and brave and filled with humour, love, and all the travails of making their journeys here. I loved the various shoes, the boots, the “slippers”. What an outstanding project!
– Catherine Mitchell, Publisher