Podcast lovers are dedicated. They know what they like, and even if they are open to trying new podcasts, they are known to stay loyal to their favourites. On the other hand, those who are new to the podcast world often feel overwhelmed by the number of options out there. Even if you narrow down a genre, you’re still smacked in the face with a series of hosts shouting, “Pick me! Pick me!”. In the spirit of helping you tune out fellow commuters, we’ve rallied a list of some of the most popular podcasts across various categories and have kept our fellow Canadians top of mind.
So, get your AirPods ready because here we go!
Host: Jesse Brown
Genre: News Commentary
Description: Canadaland is a news site and podcast that Canadian media love to hate. Maybe that’s because host Jesse Brown takes no prisoners as he addresses the latest from Canadian media, news, current affairs, and politics. The podcast boasts an impressive 100,000 downloads per week, so a lot of you out there must be hate-listening to this Canadian treasure anyway.
Why you should listen: To indulge in smug and loud-mouthed opinions that will leave you ranting and raving, too.
Host: Jessica Lanyadoo
Description: Looking into the future is easy when your host comes with more than 20 years of experience as an astrologer, psychic medium, and animal communicator. In the first half of the podcast, Jessica Lanyadoo provides spiritual guidance addressing questions her listeners send in by email. The second half is dedicated to horoscopes for the week ahead.
Why you should listen: In terms of voyeurism, Jessica has you covered with deep dives into stranger’s personal lives.
Host: Kristi Lee
Genre: True Crime
Description: If you like creepy stories that are so close to home, they are almost guaranteed to keep you up at night, then look no further than the Canadian True Crime podcast. Kristi Lee is an Australian living in Canada who is brave enough to uncover some of the most heinous, controversial, heartbreaking and thought-provoking true crime cases across our beautiful country.
Why you should listen: An Australian accent somehow makes it easier to digest disturbing information.
4. Mike on Much
Host: Mike Veerman
Description: Millennials rejoice! Your new favourite music podcast is here. Mike on Much, is led by Mike Veerman, a seasoned writer, director, and producer that comes stacked with enough pop culture and music knowledge to keep the interviews interesting. The series features a roster of impressive artists, including Alessia Cara, Reggie Watts, The Beaches and much more.
Why you should listen: The series is co-produced by Max Kerman, lead singer of the six-time JUNO Award-winning rock band Arkells.
5. Bon Appétit
Host: Adam Rapoport
Description: When you have food on the brain 24/7, there’s no way you can stop it from reaching your ears, too. The Bon Appétit podcast is full of delicious morsels from chefs, writers, and other foodie fans that love to chat about, well — all things food! Topics include culture, etiquette, how-to advice and more to keep you craving dinner before you get home.
Why you should listen: Each episode is entirely different, so you can be as picky about the episodes as you are about food.
Host: Sophia Amoruso
Genre: Career Advice
Description: Sophia Amoruso knows a thing or two about building an empire. She started Nasty Gal on eBay from her bedroom when she was only 22 years old and watched the company skyrocket out of her control. She stepped down as CEO in 2015 and launched Girlboss media in 2017. From there, she created Girlboss radio, a podcast that features frank conversations with women about what it takes to build a successful career.
Why you should listen: Sassy realness from both the host and guests about what it’s like to navigate the business world.
Host: Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant
Genre: Society & Culture
Description: The Stuff You Should Know podcast will help you become the coolest person in the room as you fill your mind with a plethora of random knowledge. Hosts Josh and Chuck cover everything, and we mean — everything. Champagne, chaos theory, satanism, terraforming, pinball, coyotes, gold, exclamation points — they cover it all!!
Why you should listen: Gain new knowledge and act like a genius in front of your pals.
Host: Jill Dunn & Carlene Higgins
Genre: Beauty & Wellness
Description: Who better to educate us about the beauty world than two longtime beauty editors. Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins bring expertise to the makeup table as they chat about breakthrough products and partner with other experts to dive deeper into the beauty world. Breaking Beauty may feature discussions about the latest products the Kardashians are trying to make happen, but there’s also room for more interesting content, too.
Why you should listen: Get the hot goss on which products beauty editors and insiders actually hoard.
Host: Jason Tetro
Description: Host Jason Tetro is a self-proclaimed Germ Guy, and he is ready to educate and gross you out. That’s because the Super Awesome Science Show is filled to the beaker with weird and fascinating facts that answer questions like: Are bugs good to eat? Should I be worried about that smell? What exactly IS blockchain? So, if your inner geek is beaming right now, then you have to tune in.
Why you should listen: Massive potential to win random trivia contests as the more you listen.
10. Podcast: Capsule ‘98
Host: Randi Bergman
Genre: Pop Culture
Description: In 1998, at the tender age of 13 years olds, Randi Berman created a time capsule. Years later, she began sharing the items from that time capsule on Instagram, and now she has taken her love for ‘90s nostalgia to the podcast world. Expect fun celebrity interviews, memories of ‘90s days gone by, and the obligatory nod to teenage dreams.
Why you should listen: To remind yourself of everything you forgot about the ‘90s, duh!
11. Mo’ Money
Host: Jessica Moorehouse
Description: Money advice comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s best served by a money expert and an Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada®, Jessica Moorhouse. The Mo’ Money podcast features interviews with personal finance and business experts but kicks it up a notch by introducing celebrities, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and more that teach you how to manage your money and basically become an overall better human.
Why you should listen: Host Jessica Moorehouse adds helpful resources, blog posts and show notes on her website for those who need it.
12. Song Exploder
Host: Hrishikesh Hirway
Description: Have you ever wanted to ask a musician how they made a song come to life? Congrats! We found the perfect podcast for you. Song Exploder invites musicians to come on the show and pick apart their songs, piece by piece, allowing the audience to understand how it was made in intricate detail. Host and producer Hrishikesh Hirway does a stellar job bringing everything to life as he successfully lines sections of songs up perfectly with the artists’ explanations.
Why you should listen: The show features both mainstream and indie acts, so there is truly something for everything.
Host: Leah Simone-Bowen & Falen Johnson
Description: Whether you’re a history buff or you’re still looking to brush up on trivia facts, The Secret Life of Canada is here to brief you. Hosts Leah and Falen claim that what they know and uncover goes well beyond what your high school textbook would provide. By connecting with the people, places and stories that make Canada tick, these hosts will help you explore the unauthorized history of our complicated country.
Why you should listen: It’s brought to you by the CBC, so you know it’s legitimate information for your curious mind.
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