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Curious Minds Speaker Series

Hot Docs’ signature lecture series, now streaming nationwide on Hot Docs at Home. New on-demand courses offered each month!

Led by acclaimed lecturers and cultural leaders, and ranging in a dynamic variety of topics, series are offered in six installments each and can be watched on your own schedule.

Series Registration: $49 (Members: $33, $27, Free)


Curious Minds Speaker Series sponsored by

Great Streets of the World

A source of wonder and delight, the city street has evolved into one of our most impactful human creations. From Paris to Tokyo to Marrakech, discover the history, philosophy and design behind some of the most culturally vibrant pathways in the world.

Streaming until August 31

Led by renowned writer and travel journalist Lisa Pasold (Curious Minds: Rebel Paris, Inventing Modern Paris)


Eat this City: An Edible History of Toronto

If you are what you eat, then what is Toronto? From the mouth-watering specialties of immigrant neighbourhoods to the classic dishes served up at historic markets and restaurants, explore how Canada’s largest city became a global culinary capital.

Streaming until August 31

Led by food historian Dr. Laura Carlson (Curious Mind: Meals That Changed The World, World-Changing Women)


The Magic of Musicals

An insider’s guide to the biggest Broadway shows in history, from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof to Dream Girls and Les Mis.

Streaming until September 30

Led by Michael Rubinoff, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated producer of Come From Away.


The Great Old Masters

Explore the influential work of The Old Masters: Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Goya, and its lasting impact on generations of artists and art lovers.

Streaming until August 26

Led by acclaimed art lecturer Barbara Isherwood


The Secrets of Scandinavia

From Vikings to Hygge to the Nobel Prize, Dr. Carolyn Harris explores what makes the Nordic nations so unique in this exciting survey of Scandinavian history and culture.

Streaming until May 27


The Age of Innovation: La Belle Époque

Dr. Peter Harris returns to guide us through the social and artistic innovations that shaped Europe’s cultural hotbeds at the turn of the 20th century.

Streaming until May 27


The Italian Renaissance

In his anticipated Curious Minds debut, renowned Renaissance scholar Dr. Kenneth Bartlett offers a rich survey of Italy from 14th to 16th centuries.

Streaming until April 30


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