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Podcast Festival: Opening Act (2019)

Meet the next wave of great Canadian podcasts, selected from over 100 submissions from across the country to be featured at the 2019 Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

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Each received an audio excerpt before one of our live shows at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

Attention Control
Can democracy survive in the age of social media? An investigative podcast that delves into the impact of fake news.

Playing before: Deconstructed


Beyond Bizarre True Crime
A podcast that features the strange, unique, and often wacky side of criminality.

Playing before: Mobituaries


Dark Poutine
True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

Playing before: Uncover with Missing & Murdered


Girly Mags
A review of teen magazines from the 90’s and 2000’s that bring back all our memories of the cultural trends and traumas of living through those days.

Playing before: Still Processing


The Gravy Train
Rob Ford was a hero. A disaster. A sign of the world to come. The Gravy Train explores the life and legacy of Toronto’s infamous former mayor.

Playing before: Canadaland: The Fakes of a Nation


Home Cooked
Cherished family recipes and the stories behind why they get passed on.

Playing before: The Splendid Table



Only in Toronto
A daily podcast from blogTO covering Toronto news, food, and events.

Playing before: Today, Explained



Pornified
A sex addict tries to unravel the mystery of his origin by revisiting the incident that changed him forever.

Playing before: Jon Ronson Presents


semi-prose
The books podcast that’s half as serious and twice as smart as your other favourite books podcast.

Playing before: The Allusionist


Sounds Interesting
A show about all things sound.

Playing before: Everything is Alive



Spotlight on the Six
Profiling the work of outstanding Torontonians.

Playing before: Sounds of the Six



The Ways We Are
A podcast about personal identity and unpacking the (seemingly) fragmented bits.

Playing before: More with Anna Maria Tremonti

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