May 3-5, 2019
Halifax, Nova Scotia
FOR PODCAST FANS AND CREATORS
ON CANADA’S EAST COAST.
The Atlantic Podcast Summit is the first podcast-dedicated festival in the Atlantic Provinces to bring together creators, businesses, and fans to celebrate and discuss the future of the industry.
Whether you have an established podcast, are just getting started, or are simply a fan, this inaugural event is something you won’t want to miss.
Engage with other fans, creators, and industry professionals from across North America.
Saturday of the Summit features panels, keynotes and talks from some of the best in the industry. Then, join our Sunday masterclass for a hands on how-to lesson.
Join us for a live taping of the Sickboy podcast as they use humour to breakdown the stigma of disease.
See Sickboy Podcast’s Biggest Live Show Ever!
Join Brian, Taylor and Jeremie as they break down the stigma of living with illness and disease during this very special live taping of their hit podcast. No two Sickboy shows are ever the same, and you’re not going to want to miss this one.
Saturday, May 4 at 7pm. Halifax Convention Centre.
Creator and Consultant
Eric Nuzum is a media consultant and creator of iconic podcasts. Over the past 12 years, he has made podcasts that routinely top the charts, appear in yearly “best of” lists, win awards, and generate hundreds of millions of downloads. He started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained the network’s chief creative and strategic force for the following decade, leading NPR to become the world’s largest distributor of podcasts. Eric developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, and continued that record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting. Eric is a “go-to” expert in audio, podcasting, radio, and spoken word entertainment. Eric has written what will be the first book focused on audio and podcast creation, titled Make Noise, set for release by Workman Publishing in 2020.
Senior Producer, Entertainment One’s Podcast Network
Kimberly’s passions are story-telling, exploring new ideas, and interviewing fascinating people. After working as a Marketing Consultant for ten years, she left her profession to pursue a career in radio and podcasting. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto, Sheridan Institute of
Technology, and Humber College.
Now at Entertainment One’s Podcast Network, she is a producer on the award-
winning podcast The AI Effect, which featured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Estonia’s CIO Siim Sikkut. Kimberly has worked on podcasts such as Professor Buzzkill: History 101, Nobody Cares (Except for Me) with best-selling author Anne. T Donahue, and So-Called Normal with mental health strategist Mark Henick.
You can find Kimberly salsa dancing in Toronto, dragon boating on Lake Ontario, or rummaging through many stationery stores.
Head of Creator Partnerships, Patreon
Tracy Kaplan oversees Patreon’s partnership organization that works with creators across all mediums to help them reach their membership goals. Previously, she was the Senior Director of Content at TuneIn, where she was responsible for the company’s audio content partnerships and podcast strategy. Tracy started her career in public broadcasting at WGBH in Boston. After earning her MBA at the Yale School of Management, she decided to say goodbye to cold winters and move out to San Francisco. In the Bay Area, she joined CBS Interactive to build out the video distribution partnerships of the CBS Audience Network and grow CBS’s digital video offering. Years later, the start-up bug hit and she left CBS to join SnappyTV, a video start up focused on real-time video editing and social sharing. SnappyTV was acquired by Twitter in 2014. While at Twitter she grew the SnappyTV publisher set and used those learnings to develop and launch the Twitter Video Publisher program to grow Twitter’s always on video monetization strategy. Now, as part of Patreon, she is focused on helping all creators grow their membership and have an alternate financial path to support their work.
Sign-up to have a 15 minute one-on-one meeting with Tracy on May 4! This is a great opportunity to talk about monetizing your podcast, maximizing memberships, and to receive hands on support.
Producer, CBC Podcasts
Veronica Simmonds is an award-winning radio/podcast producer and audio artist based in Toronto. She works at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she has produced the critically acclaimed podcasts Sleepover, Alone: A Love Story, and Tai Asks Why. Described by THIS Magazine as a “Sonic Sorceress,” her documentaries have aired on CBC, ABC and BBC. Her radio artwork has aired in a weather observatory in France, a hair dryer in Pittsburgh, and a grain silo in Norway. She also hosted Braidio, a show where she braided hair live on air.
Co-Founder, Talent Bureau
Jeff Lohnes is the Co-Founder of Talent Bureau – a speakers bureau and creative talent management firm. Along with helping clients find speakers for their events, he manages a roster of speakers and celebrities, discovering unique ways to increase their voice and monetize their work. He has been booking, managing and coaching talent for 15 years.
Beyond his day to day work, Jeff is the Co-Chair of TEDxToronto, helping lead the organization, curation and speaker coaching. He also serves as a Board Member of Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association – Music for the Future, a program that delivers music education to remote communities in Nunavut.
Outside the office volunteer activities, Jeff’s a father, proud east coast transplant to Toronto, athletic enthusiast (mediocre at most, passionate about all) and started an online donair spice company, Drunken Sailor, to make the staple east coast product more available across the country. It’s now carried in 85 Sobeys stores across Atlantic Canada.
Stephanie Domet is a writer-broadcaster who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The author of two novels, she was also the host of Mainstreet on CBC Radio One from 2008-2015. She has contributed to podcasts through the Pacific Content network, and has appeared on and produced podcasts for Katy Bowman and Mindful.org. She has interviewed premiers and prime ministers, rock stars and writers, and once interviewed, live on the radio during prime time, a father and daughter about a rock that had been in their family for two generations, that they were sure was a dinosaur egg, but which demonstrably was not.
Co-host and Producer, Sickboy and Turn Me On Podcasts
Jeremie is a multi award winning professional actor and yoga instructor who happens to live with a genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. He is an advocate for grabbing life by the balls and never letting go. He is married to a super babe of a wife named Bryde, and they own a big goofy dog named Bigby.
Co-Host and Producer, Sickboy Podcast
Brian is a host/producer of Sickboy Podcast. He has a love for competition, challenges, and adventure. Making other people smile is his ultimate purpose in life, but he also thinks it’s important not to take yourself so seriously. In his spare time he can usually be found living the Van Life with his beautiful girlfriend, Maddy.
Co-host and Producer, Sickboy Podcast
Taylor is a thrill seeking, adventure and travel loving human. If he’s not snowboarding or hanging around Jeremie and Brian, he’s running yoga studios with his life long lover Kyla. Or playing video games…with Jeremie and/or Brian.
Co-creator and Senior Editor, Love Me Podcast
Mira Burt-Wintonick is co-creator and Senior Editor of CBC’s Love Me, a podcast about the messiness of human connection. She specializes in immersive narrative audio that explores emotion and humour. Previously, she produced CBC’s WireTap, in collaboration with host and creator Jonathan Goldstein, which won a Prix Italia for Best Original Radio Drama in 2015. Mira has also won a Grand Prix Nova for Call of Dating and a Miller Humour Prize for Toccata (both co-produced with Cristal Duhaime). She sometimes makes videos (How To Age Gracefully) and comedy fiction shows (Pen Pals). In 2006, she won the Best New Artist Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Host and Producer, Taggart & Torrens Podcast
2019 marks 30 years since Jonathan Torrens starting working as one of the hosts on CBC’s award-winning consumer affairs show Street Cents. The show won multiple Gemini awards as well as International Emmy awards. Since then he’s worked steadily as a performer, producer, director and writer.
For 5 years he was the host of his own after-school talk show for teens on CBC called Jonovision, a role that earned him a total of 7 Gemini award nominations.
For 10 seasons, 3 movies and 3 specials Jonathan played the role of J-Roc on the Showcase/Netflix original series Trailer Park Boys. He also worked as a director and writer on the series that has won awards, accolades and audiences all over the World – including a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy.
His role as Robert Cheeley on 8 seasons of Mr. D earned him a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Performance by a Male, a Nova Scotia Screen Award for Best Performance and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, as well as two other nominations in the same category.
Jonathan has written 7 episodes of the CraveTV runaway smash Letterkenny Problems in which he now also has a recurring role.
Other recurring roles include Game On (a kid’s show on YTV with Daily Show alum Samantha Bee), HBO Canada’s critically acclaimed Call Me Fitz with Jason Priestley and Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show.
Additional appearances include This Hour has 22 Minutes, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Wipeout Canada and Banff TV Fest nominee TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens. He also produced The Jenny McCarthy
Show for VH-1.
His podcast Taggart & Torrens with former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart has been downloaded 4 million times. T&T won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Audio Program in 2018. Their book Canadianity published by Harper Collins was a best-seller in 2018. Their first album is due in the fall of 2019 on the Dine Alone Records label.
Co-Founder and CTO, The Podcast Exchange
Jeff Ulster is co-founder and Chief Technology & Content Officer at The Podcast Exchange (TPX). He’s co-publisher of The Canadian Podcast Listener report, now in its third year. He’s also the owner of Ulster Media, an independent podcast consulting and production company. From 2011-2017, Jeff was the Director of Digital Talk Content for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Co-Founder and Producer, Vocal Fry Studios
Katie Jensen is a freelance podcast producer based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of Vocal Fry Studios. She has made podcasts for CBC Podcasts, The Globe and Mail, StarMetro, Polaris Music Prize, St. Joseph Media, VICE Motherboard, The Atkinson Foundation, and Canadaland. She is an instructor for Camp Tech and mentor for Ryerson University’s Transmedia Zone. She has spoken about new media at Toronto Public Library, Hot Docs Podcast Fest, World Radio Day, NASH, NCRA, CAJ, CFUZ, Bechdel Tested, and Pop Montreal..
Creator and Host, Nighttime Podcast
Jordan Bonaparte lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his family, a laptop, and an ever growing collection of books. Jordan balances his time between a career in the property insurance industry and his work as an independent journalist, operating primarily through the award winning audio documentary series Nighttime which has gained over 5 million downloads since its launch in 2016. With a history as a recording musician (in the popular Cape Breton based band Airport) and life long collector of unique stories and experiences, Jordan is respected for his ability to apply his open minded, boy next door personality to whichever strange tale he decides to introduce his listeners to.
Co-Host and Producer, Turn Me On Podcast
Bryde MacLean is the co-host of Turn Me On Podcast, a sex-positive, long-form conversation podcast based out of Halifax, NS. Since 2011 she has been building a career on the intersections of performing, teaching, and producing on the creative soil of the East Coast. She holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and multiple teaching certificates through Modo Yoga International. She has worked professionally on stage at The Charlottetown Festival and Watermark Theatre, and on screen in a number of Atlantic Canadian films (Pogey Beach, Just Passing Through, Singing to Myself, Golden Days, A Blessing from the Sea). She has travelled internationally teaching yoga and yoga teachers and is a regular teacher at Modo Yoga studios and through Playdate Presents, her own workshop series that focuses on creativity and mindfulness as an important aspect of overall health and wellness. In 2018 she produced and hosted the inaugural fundraising event for the SickWish charitable organization (SickWish Gala, Sickboy Podcast) to grant a wish for an adult diagnosed with terminal illness. She is the Business Affairs and Production Manager for Club Red Productions, a film production company based out of Prince Edward Island, and is in production for the 2nd annual SickWish fundraiser later this year.
Lindsay Cameron Wilson
Host and Co-Producer, The Food Podcast
I’m a food writer, cookbook author, stylist and podcast host living in Halifax.
I host and co-produce The Food Podcast, a show where personal stories are shared through the lens of food, with Village Sound Studios. Our listenership stretches to Australia, where last spring I was invited to teach a workshop on storytelling for podcasts. Storytelling is at the core of all I do, from Love Food, the cooking show I hosted, to the series of cookbooks I co-authored with New Zealand food writer Pippa Cuthbert. For me food is the link, the common ground between all of us. But the personal stories that lie beneath, that’s where all the flavour is.
Bending soundwaves from a Halifax flat, Peter Hemsworth has taken the at-home audio setup and stretched it to its limits. As one of the three founders of the Changing the Narrative podcast, Hemsworth has lived through the humble beginnings of an aspiring podcast, making all the mistakes so you don’t have to. Since Changing the Narrative, Hemsworth has turned his focus to utilizing the powerful form of audio to tell the story of his fashion project BZLY; highlighting the activities and characters surrounding the brand using podcasting.
Creative Director, Podcast host: Turning a New Leaf Podcast
Highly respected by clients, creatives, strategists, and the industry alike – Shawn King has been an advertising agency Partner and Chief Creative Officer with 26 years of experience to back it up. He’s an Amazing Race Canada competitor, musician and advocate who’s one part Jagger, one part Sam Crow, but all business.
As host of “Turning A New Leaf” – a podcast dedicated to the legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis in Canada – Shawn’s goal is to provide a forum for conversation, perspective and learning as he invites his guests to discuss the unlimited perspectives on such an intriguing topic. From lawyers and doctors, to growers, pro athletes and everything in between, Shawn questions all points of view and is a voice for us all, as we navigate history in the making.
Internationally recognized and nationally regarded, Shawn’s passion for creativity, common sense and drive continues to push him and anything he does toward new and exciting horizons. Someone once said “common sense ain’t so common.” That’s because Shawn took it all. He’s a helluva guy that you want in your corner.
Co-Founder and Co-Producer, Village Soundcast Network
Jason is a Co-founder and Co-producer of the Village Soundcast Network, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading podcast networks. The Village Soundcast Network has produced such original podcast series as: “What Happened To Holly Barlett”, The Food Podcast with Lindsay Cameron Wilson”, “Lens Me Your Ears”, “The Coast’s 25 X 25”, “Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia podcast”, “Less Than Live with Kate Or Die”, “Turning A New Leaf” and many more, including limited run podcasts for the ECMA, FIN film festival and AFX-the animation festival of Halifax.
Owner / Music Producer, Leaf Music
Jeremy VanSlyke is a pianist, music producer, and entrepreneur from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, NS and his passion for classical music production led to the 2012 launch of Leaf Music, the first classical music recording label in Atlantic Canada. His chamber music and orchestral recordings have received nominations at the East Coast Music Awards and JUNO Awards.
Jeremy helped produce 3 seasons of concerts for Symphony Nova Scotia and has also lent his skills as an audio editor and sound designer to television shows including This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mr. D, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Following the completion of music degrees in sound recording and performance at McGill University in Montreal, he moved to Halifax where he has grown Leaf Music into one of the most active classical recording labels in Canada.
Hosted by Changing the Narrative Podcast
Wednesday, April 24 | 7pm
Hopyard Halifax, 2103 Gottingen St.
Join us before the Summit for a chance to meet other podcasters, fans, and creators. This is an opportunity to connect with the local podcast community before what’s sure to be a hectic Summit weekend! Enjoy $1 off Good Robot, Gahan and Garrison pints.
This event is open to those who have purchased a Conference ticket or Saturday Full Day Pass.
OPENING PARTY AND PITCH YOUR PODCAST
Friday, May 3
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street
Everyone has an idea for a podcast — we want to hear yours. Sign-up to get a few minutes to pitch your idea on-stage to our panel of experts, who will give you some no-holds-barred feedback. The prize? $500 cash (courtesy of Taggart and Torrens Podcast) and a Shure prize pack.
Don’t want to pitch? Come meet, party, and judge silently on the sidelines.
Host: Jeremie Saunders
Panelists: Eric Nuzum, Lindsay Cameron Wilson, Jason MacIssac, Veronica Simmonds
Please note: You must register in advance and have a ticket to the event to pitch. Only those who are selected to pitch will be contacted.
Saturday, May 4
Convention Hall, Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle Street
Join industry professionals from across North America, other fans, and creators for a day of panels, fireside chats, meet-ups, and keynote talks. You’ll learn everything from how to get started podcasting, to monetization, marketing, interview techniques and more. Whether you’re looking to get started, you’re just a fan, or you’ve been podcasting for years, come for a an entertaining inside look at the world of podcasting.
The 8 Myths of Podcasting
As one of the original NPR Podcast team members, and a current producer and creator, Eric Nuzum knows a thing or two about the podcasting world. He’ll discuss the current state of the industry, how to connect with supporters, understand your audience, options for networking, and what all of it means to today’s podcasters.
The Business of Podcasting
This panel of industry professionals will go over monetization, sponsorship, and marketing for your podcast.
Panelists: Tracy Kaplan (Patreon), Kimberly Hacuman (eOne), Jeff Lohnes (Talent Bureau) Moderator: Brian Stever
How to Target the Canadian Listener
Presented by This Is Marketing
In this talk, Jeff Ulster of The Podcast Exchange will present the numbers behind his study “The Canadian Podcast Listener”, and explain why podcasting can be one of the most effective forms of advertising. Whether you’ve got a branded podcast, want to advertise on one, or even want to be a guest, you’ll learn how to get good ROI on this quickly growing medium.
The Art of the Narrative Podcast
How do you craft stories/audio documentaries that pack the biggest punch? Learn how to structure compelling stories and build narrative worlds.
Panelists: Veronica Simmonds, Mira Burt-Wintonick
How to Cut Above the Noise
What are the components to creating a successful podcast? Our three panelists will tell you how they grew their podcasts from nothing to something, and what you can do to ensure your podcast gets heard.
Panelists: Lindsay Cameron Wilson, Jordan Bonaparte, Peter Hemsworth Moderator: Shawn King
The Art of the Interview
In this fireside chat, Stephanie Domet will share her insight from her 8 years interviewing guests on CBC’s Radio One, as well as her time contributing to and producing podcasts for Pacific Content network, Katy Bowman, and Mindful.org. Host: Bryde MacLean
Saturday, May 4 | 7pm
The Argyle Suite, Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle Street
Join Sickboy Podcast for their biggest live show ever!
Arguably Atlantic Canada’s biggest podcast export, Sickboy Podcast is hilarious, ridiculously insightful and absolutely determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Seating is not assigned and is based on first come, first served when you arrive at the venue.
Already a mega fan? Join them before the show for a Meet and Greet event.
Sunday, May 5
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street
In this Masterclass, you’ll get a comprehensive look into podcast production. This workshop will be a hands-on approach to learning everything you need to know about producing a professional quality podcast. Topics will include microphone placement, recording, audio editing, adding production elements, mixing and podcast aggregation. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the technology and equipment needed to record podcasts at home and when it makes sense to use a professional studio. This class is created for those who want to jump head first into podcasting, and for those who want to improve their skills and knowledge.
Instructors: Jonathan Torrens, Jason MacIsaac, Katie Jensen, Jeremy VanSlyke
- Recording professional sounding audio.
- Which audio recording equipment is best suited to your needs.
- Editing Audio.
- Adding and mixing production elements (third party recordings, music, sfx).
- How to export the episode file.
- Getting Heard: Promoting and uploading the podcast to aggregators.
We want to hear from you.
Use the contact form below, or email us at info [at] atlanticpodcastsummit [dot] com.
The Atlantic Podcast Summit is a podcast festival and conference for fans and creators on Canada’s East Coast. Email us at info [at] atlantic podcast summit [dot] com