The Shoe Project
Online Release

  June 9, 2020 — August 31, 2020

Program Fee: FREE

Watch the full series here!

Or see individual videos below. 


2017 Edition 

"Reunited" by Meena Khadka

"A Perfect Fit" by Tenzin Palzom

"Heels to Die For" by Monica Kim

"Kitten Heels" by Pinky Malibiran

"Life in Flip Flops" by Sachiho Miller

"My Angel" by Heidy Gaitan

"Sky Blue Silk" by Noriko Ohsada

"My Heart Wants What it Wants" by Tenzin Phentok

"My Superhero Boots" by Mariana Barron

"On my Own Two Feet" by Nurdjana de Richte

"An Interrupted Flight" by Dana Roman


2019 Edition 

"An Inca Warrior Princess in Black Suede Boots" by Ysabel Laura Hanco

"Wee Boots to Ski Boots" by Vladi Hudec

"Money Can't Buy Happiness" by Akemi Hara-Ogle

"My High Heeled Shoes" by Clau Cousineau

"My Dancing Shoes" by Mila (Lyudmila) Fomina

"With My Shoes On" by Alma Gonzales

"Metaphorical Shoes" by Mirka Cedidlova

"My Adventure" by Heidy Gaitan


“Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” – Katherine Govier

Celebrating the diversity of voices that make up our communities, and Canada's Multiculturalism Day (June 27), we present the digital release of The Shoe Project.

The release features 19 storytelling videos from the Bow Valley’s immigrant women who participated in the project during two local editions presented at artsPlace - one in June 2017, and one in February 2019.

It takes courage to share your personal story, to show your vulnerability, to invite others into your journey. These Bow Valley women had done so with such grace when they participated in the project at artsPlace. We are proud to amplify their powerful voices.

Created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto in 2011, The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop for immigrant and refugee women who tell the stories of their journeys to Canada, through a pair of shoes.

Thank you for the support of the Bow Valley project to Banff Canmore Community Foundation, Community Fund for Canada's 150th, the Government of Canada, as well as The Shoe Project.

Learn more about The Shoe Project at 


The Shoe Project photos by Lua Williams Photography 

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