The Shoe Project: Walk in Their Shoes - SOLD OUT

Photo: Saima Hussain

Photo: Saima Hussain


"Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going." - The Shoe Project Founder, Katherine Govier.

In partnership with the Museum of Vancouver, The Shoe Project Vancouver presents Walk in Their Shoes, an evening of performance with ten amazing women who tell their stories of arrival and adaptation to Canada—through a pair of shoes.

From Syria, Tibet, Eritrea, Colombia, Somalia, Indonesia, Iraq, Bangladesh, and El Salvador, these women have been coached in writing by award-winning author Caroline Adderson and in voice by performance coach Alison Matthews and performance and movement coach Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Join us on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at the Museum of Vancouver for The Shoe Project's first run in Vancouver. These women's stories of migration will walk you far beyond our daily experience.

Date: Friday, June 22

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Note: Event ticket includes FREE admission to Haida Now (reg. $19). Please arrive early with your event ticket to view the exhibit.

About the Shoe Project

The Shoe Project is a registered non-profit, founded in 2011 at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto by novelist Katherine Govier. Our mission is to improve the written and spoken English of women who are newcomers to Canada and who are potential leaders. We place their stories of arrival in our national conversation, and we foster a sense of sisterhood amongst women of different origins, so that they, in turn, will help others ‘in their shoes.’

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About the Founder

Katherine Govier, Founder of The Shoe Project
Katherine has published 10 novels, 3 short story collections and 2 anthologies of travel writing. She has won the City of Toronto Book Award and the Marian Engel Award. She is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Alberta, one of York University’s “Famous Fifty” alumni, and this spring is being recognized by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for Excellence in the Arts.

Katherine’s novel CREATION, about John James Audubon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her novel THE GHOST BRUSH has been published in the United States, France, Spain, Romania, Latvia, and Japan.  Her most recent novel is THE THREE SISTERS BAR AND HOTEL, set in the fictional town of Gateway, on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

Katherine  was born in Edmonton and grew up in Edmonton and Calgary, skiing and hiking around Banff. She now divides her time between Toronto and Canmore, with her husband Nick and two grown children.  She has been President of PEN Canada and Chair of the Writers’ Trust.  She directs The Shoe Project, a nation-wide writing workshop for refugee and immigrant writers in which they write about the shoes that symbolize their journey to Canada.

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About the Facilitators

Caroline Adderson, Writing Coach
Caroline is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

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Alison Matthews, Performance Coach
Alison is an experienced professional performing artist, as well as a highly regarded voice and speech teacher. With extensive theatre training in all major dramatic forms, including voice work across speech, text analysis and acting disciplines, she is able to leverage recognized processes to promote physical awareness, release tension, enhance effective exploration and free the voice. By applying systems of deep analysis to language structures, she leads actors and speakers to uncover riches of meaning, music and meta-messaging within the text.

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Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Performance and Movement Coach
Tara is a choreographer, performer, educator, and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Based in Vancouver, she has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre for the past decade and is known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality, and character work. Tara has been nominated for several Jessie and Ovation awards for her theatrical choreography and is a 2014 recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize.

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