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Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Our celebration of audio storytelling culture is back! Live in Toronto and available online worldwide from January 25-28.

Compelling voices. Captivating stories. Creative conversations. Canada’s premier podcasting event comes home to Hot Docs Cinema—and home to you—with a dynamic program of live, in-cinema and virtual shows, alongside the three-day Creators Forum, the Festival’s industry conference for audio makers.

This year’s edition will feature leading creators and decision-makers from Acast, Amazon Studios, CANADALAND, CBC Podcasts, NPR, Pineapple Street Studios, Pushkin Industries, Serial Productions, Stitcher and more to be announced.

Presented in partnership with             Major Partners

Early Bird Passes now available—get your All Access or Digital Festival pass by January 5 to save 20%.

• All Access passholders and Hot Docs members can claim single in-person tickets for live shows starting January 4.
• Single tickets to live shows available to the public January 6.
• The Creators Forum is only accessible with a pass.

Hot Docs Members save even more on passes & tickets.


First Festival acts revealed!

Collage of two women Opening Night Event: The Secrets We Keep: 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.

Collage of two men Virtual Event: 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 book 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.

Photo of Ryan McMahon 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.

Photo of Eric Eddings & Brittany Luse Creators Forum: Masterclass with Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse, co-hosts of For Colored Nerds
After breaking new ground with their show The Nod, Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse are back with their newly rebooted For Colored Nerds (Stitcher). At this masterclass, the celebrated duo 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.

Photo of Acast logo Creators Forum: Acast Day
Seen and Heard: Elevating Diverse Voices & Stories
On Thursday, January 27, we turn over the Creators Forum to Acast, the world’s leading independent podcast company supporting shows of all sizes. Join some of the company’s top audio talent and creative partners for a dynamic day of sessions focused on building relationships with diverse audiences. Learn how the intimacy and unique storytelling possibilities of podcasting can offer a platform for underrepresented voices in the media landscape.

Creators Forum

Intimate and inspiring daytime sessions exploring the art and craft of podcasting—and the new ideas and trends shaping the industry today.

• Panels
• Masterclasses
• Opportunities to meet decision-makers
• Networking events, and more.

Buy a Festival pass to get access.


Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator

Are you a Canadian creator between the ages of 18 and 34 looking to jumpstart your career in audio? Get the inspiration, knowledge and tools you need at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival!

Submissions now open

Supported by RBC Foundation


Opening Act

Get air play at one of the world’s premier podcast festivals! We are currently welcoming submissions of two-minute excerpts from original Canadian shows to be featured before a selection of live events at the 2022 Festival.

Submissions now open

Sponsored by The Walrus Lab


Plan Your Visit

Learn more about our Health & Safety protocols, and get some handy tricks and tips to make the most out of your Hot Docs Podcast Festival experience.


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Hot Docs Cinema Presenting Partner

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Cinema Box Office Sponsor

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