Hot Docs Podcast Festival Celebrates Thriving Podcast Community

Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta of "Word Bomb"

Podcasts have been steadily rising in popularity over the last five years, and since audio storytelling as a medium isn’t going away any time soon, the time is now to hop on the bandwagon, either as a listener or creator.

Luckily for you, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival starts today in Toronto. This is the fourth year of the festiavl and regardless of whether you’re pod-sessed or a casual listener, there’s something for everybody across its six days, including live events from some of the most acclaimed podcasters and shows in the world.

Some of the hosts due to appear include best-selling British author, journalist and screenwriter Jon Ronson, who will present a live show based on both of his acclaimed podcasts, The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August; Toronto native Sean Rameswaram with Vox’s irreverent daily news show Today, Explained; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Morris alongside Jenna Wortham and their wildly popular pod, the New York Times’ Still Processing.

If you have a soft spot for Canadian content then be sure not to miss the variety show, Sounds of the Six, which will highlight the best local podcasts that are making waves right now. Another integral part of the Festival is the three-day Creators Forum that will feature industry panels, masterclasses and workshops led by some of the biggest names in the industry including executives from Slater, Stitcher, CBC, Gimlet and more.

For more info, visit the Hot Docs website.