Event Details

All YEGPodfest events are free to register on Eventbrite, with donations gratefully accepted.

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Crash Courses — Release Day September 30

As we gear up for a three-day celebration of podcasting, Lisa Pruden and Cory Sellar offer up a series of short audio tutorials, covering everything from what a podcast is to how to make one and how to promote them.

Podcasts at their best have the ability to both educate and entertain the audience. With any luck, listening to a podcast will give the listener new points of view, new perspectives, and new insights. And, especially if you’re new to the podcasting format, we hope you gain some of that through these Crash Courses!

The Crash Courses will be released on Alberta Podcast Network’s podcast feed here on September 30 — right before all the festival fun begins.

In Conversation: Seat at the Table
October 1, 4PM MT

Martine St-Victor of CBC’s Seat at the Table is joined by CBC Edmonton’s Tara McCarthy to discuss living in bilingual Canada, and how the show tackles what’s brewing in media and pop culture.

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HEADLINE EVENT: Jad Abumrad
October 1, 6PM MT

MacArthur Fellow and host of the Peabody Award-winning Radiolab and Dolly Parton’s America, Jad Abumrad is one of podcasting’s most notable voices. In this presentation, Abumrad discusses strategies of storytelling, and his experiences in podcasting.

The presentation will be followed by an interview with author and journalist Omar Mouallem.

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PANEL: Sports & Pandemic Podcasting
October 1, 8PM MT

APN’s sports podcasters discuss what it’s been like to cover sports (or not) amid the pandemic and recent events as the sports world responds to the Black Lives Matter movement. Hosted by Karen Unland, with Adam Huber, Vanda Favaro, Carl Landra, and Steven Schapansky.

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In Conversation: Party Lines
October 2, 2PM MT

Party Lines is a political primer for every kind of concerned citizen, co-hosted by Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News).

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MASTERCLASS: How to sell a podcast to your boss
October 2, 4PM MT

So you see an opportunity to make a podcast for your organization, but you need to justify the time and resources to make it happen. Kyle Marshall of Media Lab YYC and Karen Unland of the Alberta Podcast Network will equip you with some facts to help you make your case, and they’ll alert you to the pitfalls to avoid so you don’t regret getting to yes.

Sponsored by McBain Camera.

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PANEL: Podcasting & Social Justice: Telling & Showing
October 2, 5PM MT

Storytelling is a major part of the podcasting world. Audio is a perfect medium for people to live the lives of others around them. What we have also seen is how podcasts that share stories are the best way to communicate issues that are complex, systemic, and important. It’s become a valuable tool for listeners to understand concepts that may be foreign to them. In this panel we’ll explore why storytelling may be the best medium for podcasts about Social Justice, and we’ll have the people behind some amazing storytelling podcasts to explain why. Hosted by German Villegas of Modern Manhood, with Mark Pagan, Rebecca Seidel, and Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins.

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In Conversation: The Secret Life of Canada
October 2, 6:30PM MT

Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson of The Secret Life of Canada discuss the journey of their show, and how they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country. Hosted by Russell Cobb.

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MASTERCLASS: Your audio story ignited
October 3, 10AM MT

Adrienne Lamb and Leslie Goldstone know all about the ins and outs of taking a smart idea and turning it into a compelling podcast. World on Fire melds scientific research and the latest technology with the personal and poignant stories of people touched by wildfire. It all started as a documentary for CBC Radio’s Ideas program. Lamb and Goldstone turned it into a five-part podcast. Get tips and tangible takeaways from them on turning your BIG idea into a compelling audio story perfect for podcasting.

Sponsored by McBain Camera.

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MASTERCLASS: Timbre, tambre, and tension: How to tackle challenging interviews, improve your vocal technique, and take your podcast to the next level
October 3, 11:30AM MT

Are you looking to up the ante on your podcast, but you’re feeling a little hesitant to tackle a challenging subject? Tara McCarthy, host of CBC Edmonton’s The Loop will share her insights on how the best ways to improve your vocal technique as well are tips and tricks on how to handle challenging interviews. 

Sponsored by McBain Camera.

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PANEL: So Many Film Podcasts, So Little Bollywood
October 3, 1PM MT

Film podcasts are some of the most popular podcasts available, yet very few of the thousands of podcasts in the TV & Film category on Apple Podcasts cover Indian cinema. Despite an audience of 3 billion worldwide and over 100 years of filmmaking, there are more podcasts covering The Bachelor or Star Wars than Bollywood. Fortunately, a small group of intrepid podcasters have made it their mission to discuss all the good, the bad, and the over-the-top in Indian cinema.

Erin Fraser of Bollywood is for Lovers hosts this conversation with Asim Burney (Upodcast and Khandaan), Manish Mathur (It Pod To Be You and Queer and Now), and Ankur Desai (Parde Ke Peeche).

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PANEL: The Lives & Times of Millennials
October 3, 2:30PM MT

Presented by Edmonton Community Foundation and their annual Vital Topic, this panel will focus on the unique placement of millennials in contemporary culture, their careers, and their influence on society’s trends. Hosted by Elizabeth Bonkink of the Well Endowed Podcast, with millennial panelists Kyle Muzyka (CBC’s Unreserved), Mack Male (Speaking Municipally), and Linda Hoang (Don’t Call Me a Guru).

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In Conversation: Is This for Real? Breaking the Blue Wall
October 3, 4PM MT

Is This For Real? is a podcast about living as a Black person in Edmonton. Each season centres around a different facet of Black life in the city, and in its first chapter, Breaking the Blue Wall, the show explores policing issues in Edmonton. Hosts Oumar Salifou and Hannan Mohamud will discuss how the podcast began, and how they shape each episode. Hosted by Danielle Paradis.

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In Conversation: Tony Ho
October 3, 6PM MT

Tony Ho are Toronto’s dark comedy darlings. This Award-winning sketch troupe takes listeners on a journey with bite-sized narrative sketches that explore the nature of human relationships and how careless we can be with each other. Tony Ho is Miguel Rivas, Roger Bainbridge and Adam Niebergall.

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In Conversation: This Is Not A Drake Podcast
October 3, 7:30PM MT

The team from CBC’s This is Not a Drake Podcast in conversation. The podcast breaks down seminal moments in Drake’s career to dig deeper into the history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. Hosted by Omar Mouallem.

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