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Explore the full schedule of events and sessions, and start planning your festival!

Daytime Creators Forum sessions from January 26-28 are only available with a Festival Pass. Passholders and Hot Docs Members get free access to all remaining headlining events.

Tuesday, January 25 - 7:30 PM (EST)

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The Secrets We Keep: A CBC Podcasts Storytelling Showcase

Building on the theme of their highly entertaining and richly subversive CBC podcast, The Secret Life of Canada co-hosts Leah Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson return to the festival stage with a star-studded storytelling opening night event featuring some of Canada’s top podcasting talent.
Hosted by The Secret Life of Canada
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Wednesday, January 26 - 9:30 AM (EST)

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How to Build a Career in Podcasting (without Selling your Soul)

The co-founders of Toronto podcast company Media Girlfriends discuss their strategies for navigating the podcast landscape as freelancers, how to build supportive and inclusive teams on your show, and how to align the work you do with your personal values.

With:
Garvia Bailey, award-winning journalist and co-founder of Media Girlfriends
Nana aba Duncan, Media Girlfriends co-founder, Associate prof, Carty Chair of Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies at Carleton University’s School of Journalism
Hannah Sung, award-winning journalist and co-founder of Media Girlfriends
 • With special guest panelist Christabel Nsiah-Buadi, Lead, Sound Up: Behind the Mic (Spotify) and founder of The Cipher newsletter, which amplifies podcasts and audio creatives from Africa and its diaspora. 

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Wednesday, January 26 - 11:00 AM (EST)

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Launching an Investigative Podcast: A “Stolen” Case Study

Gimlet Media Managing Director Lydia Polgreen and host Connie Walker use Walker’s Stolen as a case study to explore the process of building an ambitious, journalistically rigorous podcast at a major studio.

With:
Lydia Polgreen, Managing Director, Gimlet Media
Connie Walker, Investigative reporter, host of Gimlet Media’s Stolen, previously: Finding Cleo (CBC)

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Wednesday, January 26 - 1:00 PM (EST)

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Creatives Crossing Into the Podcasting Space

Two of the world’s most influential music video creators explore what it takes to translate your skills from another creative medium into the exciting and endlessly inventive art form of podcasting.

With: 
Julien Christian Lutz, aka Director X, filmmaker, music video director and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fela, new age production company creating globally celebrated content.
Taj Critchlow, talent manager, producer, creative consultant and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fela.
Jordan Sowunmi (Moderator), Lead, Music Editorial and Content Strategy at TikTok, co-founder of Boosie Fade and the podcast, Catch Up.

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Wednesday, January 26 - 2:30 PM (EST)

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How to Pitch with CBC Decision-Makers

In this special presentation from Canada's largest podcast studio, decision-makers Chris Oke and Ilina Ghosh will pull back the curtain on one of the most difficult and important skills every podcaster needs to master: how to pitch.

With:
Chris Oke, Senior Producer CBC Podcasts
Ilina Ghosh, Producer, CBC Podcasts

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Wednesday, January 26 - 4:00 PM (EST)

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How to Make a Good Talk Show: A Masterclass with Canadaland

Veteran Canadaland producers reveal the nuts and bolts of how a good conversation show gets made.

With:
Fatima Syed, host, Canadaland’s The Backbench
Jonathan Goldsbie, co-host of Wag the Doug podcast and editor at Canadaland
Tiffany Lam, producer, Canadaland
Kieran Oudshoorn (Moderator), Managing Editor of Podcasts, Canadaland

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Wednesday, January 26 - 5:00 PM (EST)

Networking Happy Hour

Connect with fellow creators at our Creators Forum drop-in happy hours happening nightly January 26-28. Discuss your burning project ideas and share your thoughts on the themes and sessions of the day.

Feel free to bring a coffee, tea or (if it's later in the day for you) something a bit stronger!
Hosted on Ohyay
 

Wednesday, January 26 - 6:00 PM (EST)

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Michael Lewis in conversation with Ira Glass

In the lead-up to the launch of Other’s People’s Money, a new audio series based on his bestselling memoir Liar’s Poker, acclaimed journalist and author Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball) is joined by This American Life’s Ira Glass for a discussion of their award-winning bodies of work.
Exclusive in-conversation
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Wednesday, January 26 - 8:00 PM (EST)

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Sneak preview: Thunder Bay, the Crave Original Documentary Series

Award-winning Anishinaabe podcaster, journalist and writer Ryan McMahon returns to share a sneak preview of the upcoming four-part Crave Original documentary series based on his ground-breaking Canadaland podcast, Thunder Bay.
Moderated by writer/journalist Kelly Boutsalis
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Thursday, January 27 - 9:30 AM (EST)

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Masterclass in Audience Engagement Acast Day: Seen and Heard: Elevating Diverse Voices & Stories

Find out how to establish, engage with, and grow your audience with insiders from Acast, the world's leading podcast company.

With:
Tiffany Ashitey, Director of Partnerships, Acast USA 
Trace Gaynor, Associate Partner Manager, Acast USA
Becky Celestina, Partner Manager, Acast USA
Sophia LePage, Associate Partner Manager, Acast Canada

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Thursday, January 27 - 11:00 AM (EST)

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Aclass: Indigenous Voices Acast Day: Seen and Heard: Elevating Diverse Voices & Stories

Get Indigenous podcasters’ perspectives on creating and developing audio-first stories, and the challenges and successes they’ve encountered along the way. Is podcasting a means to activism?

With:
Nick Estes, a journalist, historian, and host of The Red Nation Podcast. He is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Falen Johnson, award-winning playwright and co-host of CBC’s The Secret Life of Canada. She is Mohawk and Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory
Ryan McMahon, award-winning Anishinaabe podcaster, journalist, and writer, and host of the Red Man Laughing and Thunder Bay podcasts
Dr. Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw laywer, professor, and activist, and host of Warrior Life and Warrior Life Kids podcasts
Narisa Ladak (Moderator), Creator Network Director, Acast Canada

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Thursday, January 27 - 2:30 PM (EST)

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Communicating Challenging Concepts Through Creation with AsapSCIENCE Acast Day: Seen and Heard: Elevating Diverse Voices & Stories

How do you make your podcast more accessible when it covers an “inaccessible” topic? The creators of the popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE and podcast Sidenote break down how they’re making science make sense to all through the power of cross-platform storytelling.

With:
Greg Brown, co-creator of AsapSCIENCE, co-host of Sidenote podcast
Mitch Moffit, co-creator of AsapSCIENCE, co-host of Sidenote podcast
Heather Gordon (Moderator), Managing Director of Acast Canada

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Thursday, January 27 - 4:00 PM (EST)

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Freedom Through Fandom Acast Day: Seen and Heard: Elevating Diverse Voices & Stories

From Swifties to the BTS Army to #SaveBritney, explore how podcasting can offer a space for fandom to thrive. 

With:
Ira Madison III, television writer, host of Crooked Media’s Keep It!, former critic at The Daily Beast and GQ Magazine
Vanessa Zoltan, CEO and Founder of Not Sorry Productions, host of Harry Potter and the Sacred TextText
Amil Niazi, showrunner, CBC’s Pop Chat

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Thursday, January 27 - 5:00 PM (EST)

Networking Happy Hour

Connect with fellow creators at our Creators Forum drop-in happy hours happening nightly from January 26-28. Discuss your burning project ideas and share your thoughts on the themes and sessions of the day.
 
Feel free to bring a coffee, tea or (if it's later in the day for you) something a bit stronger!
 
Hosted on Ohyay

Thursday, January 27 - 6:00 PM (EST)

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Telling Hidden Stories: Invisibilia in Conversation with Resistance's Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. & Bethel Habte

The dynamic new voices behind the groundbreaking NPR show Invisibilia come together with Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Bethal Habte, the host and producer of Gimlet's acclaimed Resistance, for a one-of-a-kind conversation about telling hidden, and sometimes overlooked, stories.
With Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse
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Thursday, January 27 - 8:00 PM (EST)

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Back Issue Live with The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh

At their first-ever live show, the hosts of the brilliant and delightful pop culture podcast Back Issue team up with New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh for an unforgettable night of conversation, trivia and pop culture nostalgia.
With Tracy Clayton and Josh Gwynn
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Friday, January 28 - 9:30 AM (EST)

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Launching and Creating Podcasts with Amazon Decision-Makers

Get insider knowledge on Amazon Music’s approach to developing and launching new podcasts, and get expert tips on how to pitch an exciting project to a major podcast studio.

With:
Marshall Lewy, Chief Content Officer at Wondery, overseeing Wondery and Amazon Originals
Lindsay Michael, Manager of Podcasts for Amazon Music Canada
Declan Moore, Head of International at Wondery

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The Art of the Limited-Run Podcast: A Masterclass with Dan Taberski

Find out what it takes to create ambitious limited-run docu-audio series with the creator of the viral podcast hits Missing Richard Simmons, Surviving Y2K, and 9/12.
With:
Dan Taberski, Filmmaker and podcaster, host of Running with Cops, Surviving Y2K, The Line and 9/12
Elamin Abdelmahmoud (moderator), culture writer at Buzzfeed News and host of CBC’s Pop Chat
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Friday, January 28 - 1:00 PM (EST)

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Editing Across Difference

A producer of The New Yorker Radio Hour, Ngofeen Mputubwele will address the power dynamics that often take shape in the production and editing of ambitious podcasts—and how to establish ground rules that allow creators to negotiate their creative and cultural differences.

With Ngofeen Mputubwele, producer for The New Yorker Radio Hour and host of the Duolingo podcast.

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Friday, January 28 - 2:30 PM (EST)

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Finding Your Voice: Audio Writing Masterclass

Using examples from her award-winning body of work, senior producer for This American Life Alix Spiegel will demonstrate practical strategies that podcasters of all backgrounds and experience can employ to produce captivating, elegantly structured audio stories.

With:
Alix Spiegel, senior producer for This American Life, former host of Invisibilia
Chris Berube (moderator), producer, 99% Invisible

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Friday, January 28 - 4:00 PM (EST)

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Breaking Form, Breaking Rules

The celebrated duo behind The Nod and For Colored Nerds, which was recently rebooted at Sitcher, will discuss the art and craft of making “form-breaking” episodes and offer invaluable tips and tricks on how to take your show and your audience to unexpected places.

With: 
Eric Eddings, co-host of For Colored Nerds, Director of Lifestyle Podcasting at Stitcher/SiriusXM, and the former co-host of The Nod (Gimlet)
Brittany Luse, journalist, podcast host, and cultural critic who’s writing has appeared in Vulture, Refinery29, Harper’s Bazaar. She is the co-host of For Colored Nerds and former co-host of The Nod.

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Thursday, January 27 - 5:00 PM (EST)

Networking Happy Hour

Connect with fellow creators at our Creators Forum drop-in happy hours happening nightly from January 26-28. Discuss your burning project ideas and share your thoughts on the themes and sessions of the day.
 
Feel free to bring a coffee, tea or (if it's later in the day for you) something a bit stronger!
 
Hosted on Ohyay

Friday, January 28 - 8:00 PM (EST)

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Full Release Live with Samantha Bee

The brilliant comedian and satirist Samantha Bee "comes home" for a special live episode of her wildly popular show Full Release.
Featuring a surprise guest!
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