True crime and dark tales from Canadian history part of this year’s Vancouver Podcast Festival

Folks from the Allusionist will be at this year’s Podcast Festival. Baranduin Briggs photo.

Podcast hosts from The Allusionist, Dark Poutine, Secret Life of Canada and more will be at this year’s Vancouver Podcast Festival, Nov. 7-10.

Along with performances, the second annual edition will feature classes. Do you dream of having your own podcast? Who doesn’t? Sign up now.

See below for more info on some of the folks coming to town with the festival.

Presented by DOXA, the Vancouver documentary film festival, the four-day event takes place at venues across the city and includes panels, Q&As, and live podcast presentations.

Some highlights include:

Ten Things I Learned From My First Podcast (Thurs., Nov. 7, )—Pultizer Prize-nominated Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard shares his insights about Dirty John, his first true-crime podcast that became a popular Netflix series.

The Secret Life of Canada (Fri., Nov 8)—Hosts of the irreverent history podcast will dive into some of the more curious things in Canadian history (all courtesy of Vancouver B.C.).

The Allusionist  (Fri., Nov. 8)—Hosted by Helen Zaltzman, with live music by Martin Austwick, this award-winning podcast explores language and why we humans use it the way we do.

Red Man Laughing (Sat., Nov. 9)—Conversations, explorations, and investigations into the collision between Indian Country and the mainstream using a classic variety show format.

Dark Poutine  (Sat., Nov. 9)—The weekly podcast covers mostly Canadian true crimes, dark history, and other topics.

Mike Browne is the creator and host of Dark Poutine.

The festival also hosts seven masterclasses at SFU’s Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre. Additional daytime panels and live recordings at Vancouver Public Library enable podcasters to hone their own production and marketing skills. For podcast creators or businesses looking to network, the PodFair on Saturday, Nov. 8 will provide an interactive marketplace.

For tickets and info visit

Ticketed event prices range from free or pay-what-you-can to $25 or 20 (students).

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