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Hot Docs Podcast Festival: 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.

Have any questions? Contact us at [email protected]


All in-person events and sessions will be taking place at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema:

506 Bloor Street West (View map)
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1Y3 Canada
Closest Subway Station: Bathurst Station

The Cinema is a barrier-free space with an accessible washroom and has designated wheelchair locations within the auditorium on the main floor. Bathurst subway station and the closest bus stops are accessible.

Health & Safety

To attend in-person events at Hot Docs Podcast Festival, you are required to:

• Show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, with a government-issued photo ID.
• Wear a mask at all times. While you’re seated, you may remove your masks for eating or drinking.
• Maintain physical distancing throughout the venue. Avoid standing in the lobby unless you are visiting concessions or the washrooms.

Venue capacity has been restricted to allow for physically distanced seating. Seating for live shows can be reserved in advance.

Symptom-Free Policy: If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. You’re welcome to join the Festival digitally.

Contact Tracing: If you feel unwell or are tested positive for Covid-19 within 2 weeks after attending the event, please contact us as soon as possible.

Our cinema has put mitigating measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, attending in-person events could increase your risk of contraction. By attending the events, you voluntarily assume all risks.

Due to the evolving nature of Covid-19 situations, we will try our best to update you if there are any changes on protocols. For the full health and safety policy of the venue, click here. For the latest government regulations and guidelines, please refer to the websites of Ontario and City of Toronto.


Visiting from out of town? We recommend:

The Annex
Stylish hotel just a 4-minute walk from Hot Docs Cinema.

Kimpton Saint George Hotel
You can’t beat a complimentary wine happy hour, so book your spot at the Kimpton!

Food & Drink

Throughout the Creators Forum, the Cinema’s concessions will be open all day with coffee and tea, beverages and snacks available for purchase. Contact-free payment methods are highly encouraged.

Takeout Lunch Options

Good for: Quick lunch, dinner, vegetarian-friendly, small group, wifi available
Barrier-free: Yes

Rustle & Still Café
Good for: Great coffee, lunch, Vietnamese food, small group, plant-filled space, wifi available
Barrier-free: No

Slanted Door Café
Good for: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, small group, barrier-free, wifi available
Barrier-free: Yes

Coffee Shops

Mallo Coffee & Bar
Good for: Grab-and-go, early morning coffee (opens at 6am), pastries, wine & beer, limited seating
Barrier-free: Yes

Thirdwave Espresso
Good for: Grab-and-go, great coffee, vegan house-baked pastries, limited seating, wifi available
Barrier-free: No

Pubs and Restaurants

The Annex Hotel Wine Bar
Good for: Late night, natural wine, light food, large group; casual dinner at Aunty Lucy’s Burgers
Barrier-free: No

Insomnia Restaurant and Market
Good for: Lunch, dinner, late night, comfort food, large group
Barrier-free: Washrooms are not wheelchair accessible

Kinka Izakaya Annex
Good for: Dinner, late night, Japanese tapa-style food and drinks, sake selection, large group, not for quiet conversations
Barrier-free: No

Victory Café
Good for: Lunch, dinner, late night, pub grubs, craft beers, wood-fired pizzas, large group
Barrier-free: No

Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria – Annex
Good for: Dinner, extensive food menu, modest drink list, large group
Barrier-free: Washrooms are not wheelchair accessible

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