Inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival sounds off this week

Vancouver Podcast Festival

The inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival kicks off tomorrow (Nov. 8). The audio-loving event is presented by DOXA in partnership with CBC, and will run until Saturday, Nov. 10, taking place at multiple venues across Vancouver.

According to the festival’s media release, 41 per cent of Canadians listen to podcasts for news, comedy and long-form narratives. Yet this is the first podcast festival to hit the rainy city. It certainly won’t be the last.

Some of the stars of the highest-rated podcasts will offer live storytelling, workshops and interviews to Vancouver audiences. The theme of this year’s event is “True Crime and Justice.” The event will feature award-winning shows that have sparked social change. Some of the hit shows featured are You Must Remember This, hosted by Karina Longworth, Someone Knows Something by award-winning writer David Ridgen, and Vancouver’s 2050: Degrees of Change, hosted by CBC’s Johanna Wagstaffe. The latter investigates how climate change is transforming planet earth, with a microscope look at B.C. in particular.

Podcast celebrities at the festival will speak to how podcasts are changing, and how Canadians consume media. They will explain how podcasts are providing a crucial space for dialogue on criminal and social justice. They will also touch on the future of podcasting in Canada.

Vancouver Weekly will be attending the festival at the Rio Theatre on Thursday for Karina Longworth’s appearance. You Must Remember This is hands-down one of the most addictive and well-researched podcasts around. The show digs into the secret and/or forgotten history of Old Hollywood. Longworth’s careful and thorough storytelling and fact-checking puts the show at the forefront of the podcast movement. Stay tuned for our coverage.

You can find the festival’s complete line-up of audio celebrities here.