Come celebrate with us!

The Bata Shoe Museum is very excited to be celebrating our 20th birthday on May 6th, 2015!  In celebration of this milestone we will be kicking off a year-long celebration of the BSM and our history.  Have a look at our yearlong event brochure for a full list of our programs and events happening over our anniversary year!

A Global Mapping Project by the BSM

Here at the BSM, we work to provide insight in history, society and culture through the lens of footwear. Last year we presented a video series The World at Your Feet: Stories from the Collection of the BSM which explored some of our favourite stories from the BSM collection.  This year, we want the stories to be all about you! We are very excited to announce the second phase of our The World at Your Feet seriesThe World at Your Feet: A Global Mapping Project by the BSM

For the past two decades the BSM has strived to use shoes to tell stories – stories about cultures, stories about history, stories about society and stories about people. This year we are asking you to tell your stories and help us create a map of the world that reflects what shoes look like and mean to the cultures, societies and people who wear them. The World at Your Feet: A Global Mapping Project by the BSM is an interactive project that asks what corners of the world have your shoes taken you to? What does footwear mean in your culture? What have you done and where have you been in your favourite pair of shoes? We invite you to drop your pin on the map and become part of the narrative of the story of shoes. Share with us what has happened to you when you have taken the time to discover “the world at your feet”.

To kick things off we are beginning our mapping project with some of our own shoe stories. For the next year, beginning May 6th, we are inviting you to take the opportunity to share your stories, photos and videos and leave your footprint on our map of the world!


The Bata Shoe Museum is excited to open our doors to contemporary artists on a local, national and international scale.  During our birthday year, the BSM will be displaying a series of atrium installations including works by Toronto artist Jim Hake and Parisian artist Pascale Peyret created specifically for our space, as well as hosting a week of contemporary performance works by Anandam Dancetheatre.

The Bata Shoe Museum – one of Toronto’s most unique cultural gems – is turning 20!
On May 7th, 2015, the BSM invited guests to follow an intriguing maze of clues to an unexpected evening of discovery and surprise and explore a world where exhibitions come alive, shoes defy gravity and men wear heels.  It was indeed a memorable affair for a memorable museum.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 8pm
Cocktail Soiree, elegant attire requested

Gala Tickets – $250
VIP Pass – $1000

Click here to see photos from our 20th Gala Evening.


What’s a birthday without a birthday party?! On May 9th the held BSM is holding an Birthday Open House and we invited everyone in Toronto to come and celebrate this milestone with us.  Visitors joined us for tons of shoe-inspired arts and crafts, got a glimpse into their future by having their shoes read, checked out some special guests in our galleries, saw the unveiling of our brand new window and joined us for a birthday cupcake!  Museum Founder Sonja Bata, Mayor John Tory, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Drew Fagan and renowned BSM architect Raymond Moriyama were all on hand to say a big thank you for 20 years of support.

Click here to see photos from our BSM Birthday Bash.

Birthday Open House Sponsor:

Bruce Etherington & Associates