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Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Come listen, learn and share your love of podcasts! Hot Docs Podcast Festival is back in a new virtual experience from January 27-29, 2021.

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Passes and tickets now on sale!

Join us in celebrating the power of audio storytelling to move, delight and keep us connected in our new socially-distanced reality. Go behind the scenes of your favourite shows, get exclusive creative insight, and be transported by the power of a good story.

Curated for both podcast-makers and enthusiasts alike, this digital festival will feature 25+ events and is available to stream worldwide. Come for:

• Exclusive live conversations with star creators and hosts
• Panels, masterclasses and interactive gatherings
• Dynamic on-demand events that can be streamed on your own schedule

Lineup & Schedule

Roxane Gay, Radiolab, Pod Save America, CBC's Pop Chat and more are coming to our online festival! Explore the full programming and schedule.


Passes & Tickets

Our Festival pass is the only way to gain admission to all 25+ events, including exclusive live and and on-demand sessions with Reply All, Canadaland, The Allusionist and more. Plus, passholders get an extended festival streaming window until February 28.


Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator

This career development program offers new Canadian voices between 18-34 the chance to gain invaluable inspiration and career insight with free access to the Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

Submission now closed.

Supported by RBC Foundation


Opening Act

An expanded platform for our country’s rich audio talent, Opening Act offers homegrown podcasters the opportunity to get their show heard at Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

We are currently accepting submissions of two-minute excerpts from original Canadian shows to be featured before a selection of virtual events at the 2021 Festival.

Submission Deadline: December 21.

Sponsored by The Walrus Lab


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