The Rise of Canadian Podcasts

Over the past several years, podcasts have become one of the most popular ways to consume media. They’re a quick and easy way to learn something new, stay up-to-date on current affairs, have a laugh, or hear from your favourite public figure. Whether you’re listening on your morning commute or during your daily dog walks, podcasts allow you to multitask while listening, one of the main reasons why people love them so much.

If you’re new to the world of podcasts, you may not know where to start. Here are a few of our favourite Canadian podcasts that we think are worth checking out!

Our Recommendations

The Salmon People

“This is the fascinating story of a 20-year battle to save Canada’s wild salmon.”

Host: Sandra Bartlett
Number of Episodes: 10
Length of Episodes: 25-55 minutes

Kuper Island

“An 8-part series that tells the stories of four students: three who survived and one who didn’t. They attended one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools – where unsolved deaths, abuse, and lies haunt the community and the survivors to this day.”

Host: Duncan McCue
Number of Episodes: 8
Length of Episodes: 30-50 minutes

Au coeur de la Colombie

“Les journalistes FĂ©lix SĂ©guin et Marc Sandreschi racontent les pĂ©ripĂ©ties de leurs sĂ©jours en Colombie oĂą ils sont allĂ©s Ă  la rencontre d’un important narcotrafiquant. Un rĂ©cit inĂ©dit au cĹ“ur de la production et du trafic de la cocaĂŻne.”

Host: FĂ©lix SĂ©guin et Marc Sandreschi
Number of Episodes: 5
Length of Episodes: 25-45 minutes

Chacun sa classe

“Karine Dubois voit arriver Ă  grands pas le choix d’une Ă©cole secondaire pour son plus vieux. École publique, privĂ©e ou Ă  programme particulier? Au cours de sa rĂ©flexion, elle voit de plus en plus de drapeaux rouges se lever autour d’elle.”

Host: Karine Dubois
Number of Episodes: 5
Length of Episodes: 20-30 minutes

Projet Polytechnique: Faire face

“Plus de 30 ans après le drame de Polytechnique, certains glorifient toujours le tueur Marc LĂ©pine. Les fĂ©minicides s’accumulent, la question du contrĂ´le des armes Ă  feu n’est pas rĂ©glĂ©e et le web alimente les discours antifĂ©ministes.”

Host: Jean-Marc Dalphond et Marie-Joanne Bouche
Number of Episodes: 7
Length of Episodes: 10-30 minutes

Maman, arrête de mourir: survivre aux féminicides

“Un triste record a Ă©tĂ© atteint en 2021 au QuĂ©bec : 26 femmes ont Ă©tĂ© assassinĂ©es, dont 17 en contexte de violence conjugale. Monic NĂ©ron s’intĂ©resse Ă  celles et ceux qui restent après le dĂ©part de ces femmes, notamment les parents, la fratrie, mais surtout les enfants.”

Host: Monic NĂ©ron
Number of Episodes: 6
Length of Episodes: 30-45 minutes

It’s Political with Althia Raj

“As Liberals from across the country gather in Ottawa for the party’s first in-person national convention since the pandemic, “It’s Political” digs into Justin Trudeau’s record as party leader and his time as prime minister.”

Host: Althia Raj
Number of Episodes: 1
Length of Episodes: 58 minutes

canadaLANDBACK

“From Idle No More to Reconciliation to Land Back, from the police killing of Dudley George to the lobster wars of Nova Scotia, Karyn brings listeners into the homes and history of the Indigenous struggle.”

Host: Karyn Pugliese

One in Six: A Fertility Journey

“Jen and Neil are a happily married couple in their thirties. From the outside, life is picture perfect. But behind their smiles lies a heartbreaking secret: they can’t get pregnant.”

Host: Jen White and Neil Hyde
Number of Episodes: 8
Length of Episodes: 20-50 minutes

Welcome to Paradise

“Love, marriage… and a secret history of trauma. Anna Maria Tremonti has been keeping her past a secret for over 40 years.”

Host: Anna Maria Tremonti
Number of Episodes: 6
Length of Episodes: 30-35 minutes

Fireside Canada

“A podcast about Canadian legends, lies & lore.”

Number of Episodes: 33

Ă€ la poursuite de Gilles Villenueve

“Comment un petit gars de Berthierville sans le sou, sans contact ni connaissance du milieu a-t-il pu devenir l’une des lĂ©gendes de la Formule 1? Si ça semble ĂŞtre un scĂ©nario de film hollywoodien, c’est la rĂ©elle histoire du seul et unique Gilles Villeneuve, qui est dĂ©cĂ©dĂ© il y a 40 ans aujourd’hui.”

Number of Episodes: 9
Length of Episodes: 20-50 minutes

DĂ©peindre Riopelle

“Jean Paul Riopelle aurait eu 100 ans en 2023. Bien qu’il soit l’un des plus grands artistes de l’histoire du Canada, on en sait peu sur lui. Qui Ă©tait-il vraiment? Ă€ quel point vivait-il dans la dĂ©mesure et les excès?”

Host: Stéphane Leclair
Number of Episodes: 7
Length of Episodes: 35-45 minutes

SickKids VS Podcast

“The stories behind SickKids discoveries.”

The Art of Sovereignty

“Our stories define who we are. When Indigenous cultures were outlawed across Canada, our voices were silenced. When our stories went underground to survive, others tried to define us. But it was our artists who brought our stories back for the world to see and hear.”

Host: Chris Beaver and Shelby Lisk 
Number of Episodes: 9
Length of Episodes: 30 minutes

We all know that media trends come and go, but it looks like podcasts are here to stay! That’s why we’ve introduced three podcast categories across the National Magazine Awards, National Magazine Awards: B2B, and Digital Publishing Awards.

For more incredible media coming out of the Canadian publishing industry, check out our full list of nominees for the 2023 National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B.