Masterclasses Hosted by Popular Podcasters from Canada and Across the Globe!


Vancouverites learn how to podcast with Masterclasses hosted by popular podcasters from Canada and across the globe.

Citywide Vancouver Podcast Festival expands programming for 2019 to include networking and skill-building events as part of their expansive four-day lineup. 

Vancouver, BC — Most Americans now listen to podcasts, while close to a third of 18-34 year olds listen multiple times a week. They have more than half a million options to choose from: iTunes confirmed they hosted 550,000 podcasts in 2018 alone. As the medium continues to grow in scope and popularity, the Vancouver Podcast Festival offers interactive, skill-building programming for successful local podcasters or curious fans as part of their 2019 festival, running from November 7-10 at the Vancouver Public Library and venues across Vancouver.

Presented by DOXA, the festival features panels, live recordings and on-stage interviews with hosts and producers of top-ranking podcasts such as Dirty John, Thunder Bay, The Allusionist, Secret Life of Canada and Dark Poutine. This year, the programming committee hope to inspire local podcasters not only through compelling conversations but practical workshops and networking events. 

Masterclasses offer the opportunity for amateur podcasters or creatives looking to enhance the medium to discover tips and techniques used by celebrated journalists and comedians including Helen Zaltzman and Martin Austwick (The Allusionist), Chris Kelly (CBC's This Is That), Geoff Turner (CBC’s On Drugs)  and Ryan McMahon (Red Man Laughing, Thunder Bay). 

There are seven Masterclasses available, each sharing insight into a key part of successful podcasts, from building narrative to creating music for podcasts to honing production techniques. 

Highlights include:

  • The Allusionist: Under the Hood With Helen Zaltzman
    Every fortnight Helen Zaltzman sources interviews, writes script, records and edits something new. In this Masterclass, learn the tips and tricks Helen has developed while DIY-ing a hit podcast from hotel rooms around the world.
  • Expanding Your Audio Palette
    In this Masterclass, veteran journalists and producers Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey and Matthew Lazin-Ryder from CBC Podcasts will teach you the tips and tricks to making a compelling audio documentary by doing it in front of a live audience in real-time.
  • 5 Keys to Building a Narrative Across Platforms
    How do you tell a compelling story in many different media? In this Masterclass, author and award-winning Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard shares the five key elements of narrative journalism he put into making his smash-hit podcast, Dirty John
  • Podcasting in Community: Shut Up and Listen
    Join podcasters Ryan McMahon (Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing), Lisa Hale and Garth Mullins (Crackdown) in conversation as they bring you behind the scenes of the making of their hit podcasts to share insight into the challenges, rewards, and learnings from immersive documentary podcast making in underrepresented communities in Canada.

Keen podcasters can also connect with one another at Vancouver’s first podcast fair, the PodFair, on Friday, November 8 at SFU Woodward’s. The unique, multi-functional space is part market place, coffee lounge and meetup location, offering information and networking opportunities for local, national, and international organizations working in podcasting. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with Masterclass instructors, host a fan meet-up for their favourite podcast or discover new shows and ideas through displays in the marketplace. The fair is free to attend, open to the public and will be stocked with complimentary coffee and snacks to keep conversations energised throughout the afternoon. 

Masterclass tickets are available for $25/20. 
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