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Old World Shoes Photo Exhibit by Henry Vanderspek

December 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Old World Shoes – a documentary project by Henry VanderSpek that celebrates the hard-working owners of independent shoe and shoe repair stores of Toronto. Come meet the artist and the real people featured in this unique view into the life of small business owners in Toronto.

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 the community moving. Small shoe and shoe repair stores attracted him the most.

Old World Shoes features portraits of 14 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 and even possibly meet them in person!

Doors will open at 7:00 PM with a presentation by Henry at 7:30 PM. Doors close at 9:00 PM.

Vaccine Passports: will be checked and masks are required for the opening receptions.

Exhibit Dates: The exhibit will be available for viewing from December 2 to January 3, 2022. Only masks are required when visiting the exhibit outside of opening night.

Parking: is available under Daniels Spectrum via Sackville Street ($10 for 8 hours flat rate, credit card or coins) or on Parliament Street a few blocks west of Daniels Spectrum (check the street signs for hours). Taxi, TTC or bike are also recommended – and possibly easier!

About the Artist:

Henry VanderSpek is a Toronto art and documentary photographer who loves celebrating people through his work. He has been showing his work in art shows and galleries for close to ten years and has been published in a wide range of print and online publications. Henry has a certificate in Photography Studies from Ryerson University, a work background in the non-profit sector and lives in Toronto’s east end with his wife and their three kids.


December 2, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St
Toronto, ON M5A2B7 Canada
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