SAD Mag's Guide to VanPodFest 2018!

The Vancouver Podcast Festival, presented by DOXA, is upon us! VanPodFest runs from November 8th-10th, hosting numerous free (!) and ticketed panel discussions, workshops, and live shows in celebration of the medium. The full schedule can be found here, but here are a couple events we’ve scoped out:

VanPodFest logo c/o  DOXA Festival.

VanPodFest logo c/o DOXA Festival.

Panel Discussion: True Crime Broadcasting Beyond SERIAL
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia
Thursday, November 8th, 12PM-1PM
SERIAL is a (if not the) touchstone of the true crime podcast genre, which has since exploded in popularity. Jody Gottlieb (Somebody Somewhere), Paul Bae (The Black Tapes and The Big Loop), Mike Browne (Dark Poutine), and Josh Bloch (Uncover: Escaping NXIVM), come together to discuss the nature of true crime podcasting, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of the medium, and speculating on its future.

Featured Podcast: Secret Feminist Agenda
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St
Friday, November 9th, 1PM-2PM
Secret Feminist Agenda
is a weekly podcast about the “insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways” in which we enact feminism in our daily lives. Hosted by Hannah McGregor, an Assistant Professor of Publishing at SFU, and co-host of Saturday’s event, Harry Potter Podfest.

Panel Discussion: From Idea to Audio
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St
Friday, November 9, 12PM-1PM
The folks at VanPodFest highly recommend visiting this panel if you’re considering making your own podcast, but are unsure where to start! Arif Noorani (CBC Podcasts), Mike Browne (Dark Poutine), Duncan McHugh (Duncan’s Doughnuts), and our very own Pamela Rounis (SADCast) will discuss the process of bringing your inspirations to fruition, covering how to find an audience, production logistics, and the development process.

Workshop: Fiction Podcast Tricks, Hacks and Fakery
The Post @ 750, 750 Hamilton St
Saturday, November 10, 11AM-12:30PM
Tickets are $25, or $20 student pricing
Chris Kelly (CBC's This Is That, Panoply's Dexter Guff, CastBox's This Sounds Serious), is a talented and experienced podcast producer, and he’ll teach you production techniques he’s spent years honing. Including (but not limited to): editing music, creating soundscapes, working with actors, and other elements that contribute to the veracity of your fiction.

Podcast Live: The Allusionist
The Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
November 10, 5:45PM-7:15 PM
Tickets are $30
(Arrive early to guarantee good seats! Doors open at 4:45PM)

The Allusionist is a well-loved, award-winning podcast about language and and its usage. Hosted by Helen Zaltzman and with music by Martin Austwick, this event is sure to be both incredibly entertaining and educational! What a wonderful combination!