Indigenous Creatives in Podcasting -- and Beyond!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 2:15pm - 3:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A+B 

There’s more than meets the eye - or ear - when it comes to Indigenous creative storytelling in the audio space. Moderated by Indigenous podcasting powerhouse Ryan McMahon, this panel shares Indigenous success stories in the audio space, and challenges traditional screen artists to explore the creative and economic opportunities with this accessible, highly-consumable audio media format that includes audiobooks and more -- and touches on the cultural considerations needed in a relatively new industry that is hungry for Indigenous content.




Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. Recognized as Indian Country's most decorated stand up comedian, Ryan has recorded 5 national comedy specials since 2010, appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival a number of times, and later this year, is showcasing for HBO as his irreverent, forward looking and challenging brand of comedy spreads around the world. He’s the CEO of the Makoons Media Group and is currently building the worlds only independent Indigenous media platform committed to digital publishing and the internet.



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Kaniehtiio Horn, bear clan, is a Kanien'kehaka actress from Kahnawake, QC. Recent credits include Tanis on CraveTV’s Letterkenny, Tara in hit web series GhostBFF and Leah in CBC's upcoming legal drama Diggstown. Kaniehtiio recurs in Amazon's Man in the High Castle and stars in the feature film Mohawk. In April 2018 she launched, ‘Coffee With My Ma’, a podcast of stories told to her by her 78 year old radical native rights activist mother, Kahentinetha. Tiio loves her family, swimming, watching TV, pink (the colour) and Boodz.


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Connie Walker (@connie_walker) is a senior investigative reporter and host of the CBC podcast Missing & Murdered. She is Cree from the Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan.


panelist -jesse brown

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Jesse Brown is a Toronto-based journalist. He is the publisher of the Canadaland podcast network and he hosts its flagship podcast, CANADALAND. He has written for the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, and he is the co-author of the #1 best selling book, the CANADALAND Guide To Canada.  Jesse has won the Hillman Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for Humour.