Listen and learn at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival!

 

The first Hot Docs Podcast Festival tested the waters in Toronto last year, starting out as a small project hoping to garner some attention. The festival attracted enormous audiences and generated some fabulous feedback, paving the way for this year’s bigger and better experience. Don’t miss out on the new and improved Hot Docs Podcast Festival from October 12th to 15th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The festival’s four-day lineup features ten acclaimed and adored podcasts, five insider panels, plus networking meet-and-greet style events.

 

In its first year, the Podcast Festival was a small pilot project to showcase some great storytellers and create unique experiences for our audience. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the audiences were huge and the feedback was tremendous. 
-Alan Black, Managing Director of Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Co-curator of Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

It’s no surprise to us that the event was so popular — people love the intimacy of podcasts. Podcasts are most often enjoyed through earphones, which can make it feel as though the host or guest is speaking directly to you.

 

Credit: Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

The Panels:

 

Have you ever wanted to start a podcast? You’re in luck! There are several panels at the festival designed to help you launch your own podcast project.

 

Finding Your Voice

 

Finding Your Voice: The Art and Craft of Hosting a Podcast offers the opportunity for candid chat with popular podcast hosts about how to cultivate your talents as a storyteller and develop a relationship with an audience. Join moderator, Hanna Sung, co host of the Globe and Mail podcast Colour Code as she picks the brains of Sook Yin Lee; host of CBC’s Sleepover, Ryan McMahon; host of Red Man Laughing andCanadaland Commons and Dan Misener; host of Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids.

 

Informative Panels

 

Potential podcasters may also want to check out informative panels including Podcasting Essentials: The Tools You Need to Make Your Show, and Ready for Takeoff: What it Takes to Launch a Successful New Podcast.

 

The Decision Makers

 

Podcasts are a new media format to be reckoned with. They can democratize the media and eliminate the gatekeepers. Podcasting networks can put their combined media muscle behind a show to help take it to the next level. Learn more about what networks are looking for with The Decision Makers: Podcast Executives in Conversation. Join executives from Radiotopia, Gimlet Media and CBC as they talk about building a roster and what shapes their decisions.

 

Meet and Greet

 

For those looking for an even more intimate experience, you can join Radiotopia executive producer Julie Shapiro, Nigel Poor of the Ear Hustle podcast, Nate Dimeo from The Memory Palace and as well as other audio producers for a free and informal meet and greet at Black Rock Coffee (677 Bloor Street West).

 

Intercepted

 

The Hotdocs Podcast Festival is all about seeing the show(s) you love to listen to come to life on stage. Join host, Jeremy Scahill as he’s joined by Naomi Klein, Desmond Cole and artist Yassin Alsalman (Narcy), for a fearless discussion on Intercepted.

 

Another Round

 

Enjoy the funny and informative cultural commentary of Another Round. It’s best described by hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton as “happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet”.

 

Canadaland

 

The CANADALAND podcast comes to life with host Jesse Brown as he’s joined by Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale. Listen in as they discuss the role facts play (or don’t play) in today’s political climate.

 

There are many great shows and panels to experience at this year’s festival. That’s the beauty and power of podcasting. Whatever you’re interested in, there is a program that seems like it was made just for you. As Alan Black puts it:

 

This year, I believe we’ve curated the greatest assemblage of podcasts and panels to ever hit this country, and we’re so excited for the opportunity to not only build on our own success, but to help facilitate opportunities for a community of audio creators that we had a small part in helping to create.

 

Watch ideas come to life before your eyes and ears at the second annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the creators of your favourite shows and meet members of the community.

 

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