Presented as part of the 2021 Contact Photo Festival, with thanks to Artscape and the Ontario Arts Council for their assistance.

You are invited to Old World Shoes - a documentary exhibit by Henry VanderSpek celebrating the hard-working owners of independent shoe and shoe repair stores of Toronto.

L-R: Emmanuel Farré of Farré by Emmanuel, Peter Feeney of Peter Feeney Bespoke Footwear, George of Yiorgos the Cobbler and David and Richard Markowitz of DAVIDS.

Many thanks to all who attended the opening night! We had a great time. It was wonderful to have owners of four of the businesses present! Thanks to CBC Radio's Metro Morning for featuring the exhibit in an interview and to the Bata Shoe Museum for doing a Q&A about the exhibit on their blog as well!

With Toronto in a constant state of redevelopment, and long-time local businesses closing down along the way, Henry was moved to stop and celebrate the local heroes who help keep Toronto moving. Small shoe and shoe repair stores have always intrigued Henry, and so were a natural way to explore this larger theme of change in Toronto.

Old World Shoes features portraits of 15 shoe store owners along with interview excerpts sharing touching insights, gained from their many decades of serving customers and local communities. Links to short videos will also be available, so attendees can hear store owners' voices first hand.

December 2nd, 2021 - January 3rd, 2022

Location: Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Hallway Gallery, Main Floor

585 Dundas St. E., Toronto (Google Maps link)

Daniels Spectrum regular hours of operation may be found here.

Parking and Transportation (Please take note!):

Daniels Spectrum has underground parking, accessed via Sackville Street on the western side of the building. There is limited street parking immediately next to Daniels Spectrum, but more may be found a few blocks west on Parliament Street (check street signs for parking hours). TTC, Taxi, biking and walking there are also great options!

Please share about this exhibit on social media and use #oldworldshoesTO when doing so. Feel free to tag @culture_snap on Twitter or @culturesnap on Instagram. Thanks!