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Hot Docs Podcast Festival





October 12–15

We’re excited to bring Hot Docs Podcast Festival back for its second year! Join us in the cinema to see your favourite podcast hosts bring your latest audio obsession to life, on stage.

Building on the infectious buzz and packed audiences from the inaugural event, we’re extending the festival by one day and incorporating more panels, where podcasters of all levels can hear insights from top creators and hosts.

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All-Access Pass
One ticket to each podcast and panel.

$199

$169

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Conference Pass
One ticket to each panel.

$64

$44

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Single Tickets

$17–34

$15–29

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12


9:30 AM
PANEL: Beyond the Blood: Turning True Crime Stories into Artful Podcasts
Join a discussion with three talented podcasters who have taken the super-popular true crime genre beyond schlocky thrills, exploring unforgettable characters and important social issues. Networking session to follow.
Tickets: $19/$15 for Hot Docs Members

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11:30 AM
PANEL: Finding Your Voice: The Art and Craft of Hosting a Podcast
Four popular podcast hosts have a candid chat about their craft. How did they cultivate their talents as storytellers, and what sort of relationship do they hope to build with their audiences? Networking session to follow.
Tickets: $19/$15 for Hot Docs Members

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6:30 PM
Missing Richard Simmons
The show that launched a thousand think pieces and ruled the iTunes charts returns for a one-of-a-kind live event. Hear the untold story behind Dan Taberski’s wildly popular podcast.
Tickets: $34/$29 for Hot Docs Members

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9:30 PM
Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
Following a sold-out show at last year’s festival, this Canadian favourite is back by popular demand. Watch brave adults present their weird and wonderful childhood and teenage writing.
Tickets: $29/$23 for Hot Docs Members

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13


9:00 AM
PANEL: Podcasting Essentials: The Tools You Need to Make Your Show
Co-Presented by Camp Tech
Podcasting experts relay the practical nitty-gritty on recording, editing and distributing your show. Get the facts on creation, monetization and promotion. Networking session to follow.
Tickets: $19/$15 for Hot Docs Members

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11:00 AM
PANEL: Ready for Takeoff: What it Takes to Launch a Successful New Podcast
Three veteran podcasters discuss their experiences launching acclaimed podcasts. What creative and editorial adjustments had to be made as they developed their hit shows? Networking session to follow.
Tickets: $19/$15 for Hot Docs Members

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1:00 PM
PANEL: The Decision Makers: Podcast Executives in Conversation
Podcast executives from Radiotopia, Gimlet Media and CBC discuss how they build their roster of shows, and what trends are shaping their decisions. Networking session to follow.
Tickets: $19/$15 for Hot Docs Members

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6:30 PM
Intercepted
Acclaimed journalist Jeremy Scahill hosts this timely and essential podcast from The Intercept. Speak truth to power and uncover hidden stories behind the rise of Trump.
Tickets: $34/$29 for Hot Docs Members

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9:30 PM
The Nod
Expect fun, games and razor-sharp insights from hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings (the duo behind For Colored Nerds) in this gleeful celebration of Black culture from Gimlet Media.
Tickets: $29/$23 for Hot Docs Members

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14


12:30 PM
The Fridge Light
Discover the hidden stories behind the things we eat with top food writer and former Globe and Mail restaurant critic Chris Nuttall-Smith in the live debut of this new CBC original podcast.
Tickets: $29/$23 for Hot Docs Members

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4:30 PM
Ear Hustle
Discover daily life behind the bars of San Quentin State Prison with the world’s first podcast made by inmates, as co-host Nigel Poor brings Radiotopia’s groundbreaking show to the stage.
Tickets: $34/$29 for Hot Docs Members

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6:30 PM - Offsite location TBA
Meet and Greet with Radiotopia
Join Nigel Poor of Ear Hustle, Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace, Radiotopia’s executive producer Julie Shapiro and other audio producers for this free and informal event.
Tickets: Free

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9:15 PM
Another Round
Join Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu as they sip bourbon and discuss culture, race and gender during in-depth interviews on BuzzFeed’s award-winning podcast.
Tickets: $34/$29 for Hot Docs Members

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15


12:30 PM
Modern Love: The Podcast
Join the Modern Love producers and a cast of brilliant actors as they present stories on the joys and tribulations of love, loss and redemption from the beloved New York Times column.
Tickets: $34/$29 for Hot Docs Members

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4:30 PM
The Memory Palace
This Peabody Award finalist recounts short, surprising stories from the American past. Host Nate Dimeo’s live show is a dazzling staging of one of the world’s most acclaimed podcasts.
Tickets: $29/$23 for Hot Docs Members

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8:00 PM
CANADALAND
Renegade podcaster Jesse Brown is joined by Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale for a crucial assessment of what, if anything, facts mean in today’s political climate.
Tickets: $29/$23 for Hot Docs Members

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