Opening Act Banner

Podcast Festival Opening Act

Meet the next wave of great Canadian podcasts, selected from submissions from across the country to be featured at the virtual edition of Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

Selected podcasts will get an excerpt showcased before live shows from January 27-29.

Sponsored by       



2021 WINNERS

Asiate Imparfaite/ Imperfect Asian
Laura has one-on-one conversations with guests who have life paths that diverge from social and family expectations in this podcast about the Asian-Canadian experience.

Playing before: Personal Storytelling


Dope is Death
This podcast explores how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America.

Playing before: 1619 and Nice White Parents


Geist
Inviting you to a world beyond the veil, this show brings you real stories told by people that have had first hand encounters with the paranormal.

Playing before: The Epic Adventures of Radiolab


The Miami Chronicles: Booby Trap
A true crime, coming of age story that traces the events surrounding the death of 14-year-old Richard Brush, who was killed by a booby trap mechanism in 1979.br>

Playing before: What’s Next in Political Podcasts with Crooked Media


Possibilities Podcast
Deep-dive conversations with QTBIPOC artists and possibility makers. Through heart-felt inquiry we seek to understand what makes seemingly impossible dreams tangible.

Playing before: Roxane Gay in conversation with The Cut


Radio Aluna Theatre
An audio storytelling project produced by Aluna Theatre, featuring candid conversations with local and international artists, panel discussions, and presentations of performance works in progress in a podcast format.

Playing before: Reclaiming True Crime with Connie Walker


Say Word
Drawing from diverse multicultural experiences, this podcast aims to shine a light on the undercurrent of opinions and topics that aren’t normally delved into.

Playing before: Canadaland on Taking Down Giants


Taking Hugh for Granted
Join Diggory Waite and Oscar Beardmore-Gray as they watch every single film starring Hugh Grant in an attempt to answer the simple question—are we taking Hugh for granted?

Playing before: Pop Chat meets You’re Wrong About


Talk Paper Scissors
This podcast shares rarely-explored stories about design and printing, typography and branding, books and publishing, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the graphic design world.

Playing before: Big Stories, Big Ideas with Vox Media’s Nishat Kurwa


Tech Town
Journalist Takara Small examines how technology is changing the possibilities for rural life, and what we think about the limitations of life and business in small towns.

Playing before: Roman Mars on The 99% Invisible City


We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast
The stories of successful people who have faced debilitating career rejection. Each story contains an insight. We’re here to find it.

Playing before: Up Close with Reply All


What Do We Do Tomorrow?
The world is facing urgent, complicated problems. Host Hannah Sung and 6 Degrees speaks to people with big ideas so bold, well, they just might work.

Playing before: Finding the Funny with The Daily Zeitgeist


Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Hot Docs Podcast Festival, presented in partnership with

  •  Hot Docs Podcast Festival, presented in partnership with

Major Partner

  • Major Partner

Box Office Sponsor

  • Box Office Sponsor

Event Sponsors

  • Event Sponsors

 

 

Media Sponsor

  • Media Sponsor

Hot Docs Cinema Presenting Partner

  • Cbcdocs Web

Cinema Box Office Sponsor

  • Logo Crave 2019