PANEL: Your Cat Has A Podcast. Now What?

Saturday May 27 | 5:00 – 5:45pm

Podcasting is bigger than ever but with so much content, what does it take to find and build an audience? Join us for an engaging conversation on keeping up with the demands of what having a successful podcast means in 2017.  We’ve assembled some of the most unique perspectives in Canadian podcasting to share their advice on how to raise the bar of Canadian podcasting. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to monetize your audience, this panel chat and Q & A with traditional and independent producers and creators can help you reach your podcasting goals.    


Moderator    Dan Speerin: VP of the IWCC

Dan Podcast Panel HeadshotBefore Dan took on the job of Vice President of the IWCC he was a filmmaker, podcaster, new media producer, OG YouTuber and the first Canadian host on The Young Turks Network. Along the way he has collaborated with MySpace, Google and Rogers just to name a few. Dan’s old media adventures include producing and writing three television series, as well as a satirical podcast special for CBC Radio. He is a passionate pundit on Millennial life and creator culture and has spoken everywhere from TVO’s The Agenda to the CBC evening news and JFL42. He currently hosts the IWCC’s weekly podcast #Creatortown with his long-time collaborator Vince Kesavamoorthy.  


Panelist    Sammy Younan: Founder of Girth Radio

Sammy YounanSammy is the program director of Girth Radio…an online radio station broadcasting from inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar. At Girth he hosts In Session (featuring musical acts) and My Summer Lair (a pop culture celebration). His broad work in film and television covers a spectrum of activities and opportunities in front and behind the camera: acting, producing, music supervisor and script writing. All engaging experiences that naturally evolved from his spirited fascination with stories. An avid writer; Red Letter Nights is his first book. His writing has appeared in the National Post, USA Today, Sole Shift, Relevant and Geek Hard.



Panelist    Alex Ross: Founder of Never Sleeps Network

AlexRoss_PortraitNever Sleeps Network is the brainchild of Alex Ross. Obsessed with connecting talented people, Alex quickly discovered his competency as a producer. After over ten years working in the Canadian world of broadcasting with almost every major broadcaster, his talent for connecting the right people and the right projects now takes shape in his own network. Never Sleeps Network is an homage to the artistic night owl, and a place where Toronto’s budding talent can interact with the rest of the world. Alex Ross produces Toronto podcast shows on his network including his own show, Ross Never Sleeps, where he interviews Canadian artists and entrepreneurs.


Panelist    Arif Noorani: Executive Producer of New Programs + Original Podcasts at CBC Radio

arifArif Noorani is the executive producer of CBC Radio’s New Programs and Original Podcast unit. The unit has created and launch over a dozen series including Someone Knows Something, Love Me, Sleepover, Because News, Out in the Open and Podcast Playlist. He’s co-founded or led multiple flagship programs including The Current, Q and Day 6 and helped grow new audiences at the CBC through creating compelling multi-platform storytelling on radio, podcasting, television and digital.



Panelist    Aliya Pabani: Host of The Imposter from Canadaland

Aliya Pabani is the host of CANADALAND’s arts and culture podcast, The Imposter, which was named one of The AV Club’s favourite podcasts of 2016. She’s also a video and performance artist, and has performed at Summerworks, The Theatre Centre and in a monthly livestreamed TV show running out of Toronto’s oldest DIY space. The highlight of her career thus far was getting subtweeted by Owen Pallett.



Panelist    Tia Gordon: Co-Host of Gyalcast

Tia GordonTia Gordon is a Mississauga native whose life has always been driven by arts and entertainment. After ventures in journalism, broadcasting and public relations that concentrated on Toronto’s ever-growing Hip Hop culture, Tia found herself joining GYALCAST – a podcast hosted entirely by women of colour from the Greater Toronto Area. She currently works at FACTOR, a foundation that supports the production of sound recordings by Canadian talent. Tia loves tacos and actually enjoys unsolicited rap mixtapes.