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Compelling voices. Captivating stories. Creative conversations. Hot Docs' annual celebration of audio storytelling returns online from January 25-28.In light of changes to public health regulations, the Festival will once again shift to an all-virtual edition. This means you can get intimate access to an incredible lineup from the comfort of home, wherever you are. 

Enjoy exclusive live recordings and conversations with today's top podcasters alongside the Creators Forum—three days of inspiring daytime panels and masterclasses exploring the art and craft of audio storytelling. 

Save with a Festival Pass or Hot Docs Membership! 

  • Members and Festival Passholders get free admission to our headlining events from Jan 25-28.
  • Passholders also get exclusive access to Creators Forum sessions, and extended streaming window to view all session recordings through February 28.


Presented in partnership with               
CBC Podcasts                             
Major Partners
Acast   RBC Foundation

Headlining Events

The Podcast Festival's public slate of exclusive live in-conversation events with star creators and hosts! This year's lineup includes Samantha Bee, Ira Glass, Michael Lewis, Anna Maria TremontiThe New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh and more.

These events are free for Hot Docs Members and Festival passholders.


Creators Forum

From January 26-28, the Festival’s industry conference offers intimate and inspiring daytime sessions exploring the art and craft of podcasting with those shaping the world of audio.

Panels and masterclasses with execs and creative luminaries from Amazon Studios, CBC Podcasts, CANADALAND, Gimlet Media, NPR, Pineapple Street Studios, Pushkin Industries, Serial Productions, Stitcher, and WNYC.

Only available with a Festival pass.


Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator

Are you a Canadian creator between the ages of 18 and 34 looking to jumpstart your career in audio? Get the inspiration, knowledge and tools you need at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival! Supported by RBC Foundation.

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Opening Act

Get air play at one of the world’s premier podcast festivals! We are currently welcoming submissions of two-minute excerpts from original Canadian shows to be featured before a selection of live events at the 2022 Festival. Sponsored by The Walrus Lab


Contact Us

For ticketing or streaming inquiries, please contact us here or visit our FAQs.

For media requests and accreditation, please contact Suzanne Cheriton at RedEye Media 

For all other Festival questions, click here.