Now that social distancing and self-isolation have become the new normal, we need to keep ourselves busy. Podcasts are the best way to stay entertained, and they require literally no effort. What you might not have known is that there are tons of podcasts made right here in Canada. Because we're obsessed with this type of content, we've rounded up a list of Canadian podcasts you need to listen to ASAP. 

It can be difficult to know what podcasts are worth listening to, but that's where we come in. 

Canada is an incredibly creative place, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find out that we found 24 Canadian podcasts that need to be on your things-to-do list while you're hanging out indoors. 

From true crime and history to comedy, we covered all the bases just for you. 

Each podcast on our list comes equipped with a handy dandy description so you will be able to pick the one that's best for your mood. 

And don’t keep this list to yourself. Your socially distanced, self-isolated, and quarantined friends are just as bored as you, and they could use the entertainment. 

These podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date with everything going on right now. Or, on the flip side, they're the perfect distraction. 

These babies can be streamed or downloaded wherever you get your podcasts. 

 


Comedy 

Stop Podcasting Yourself

This long-running comedy podcast is great if you need a laugh. It’s known as one of Canada’s top podcasts, so you know it’s good. 

Retail Nightmares

Listen as these two women talk about their worst experiences working retail. If you've worked in a store before, then you know the struggle all too well. Thank goodness someone can relate. 

Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

It’s exactly what it sounds like and it’s hilarious. If you thought you were dramatic as a kid, you haven't heard anything yet. 

Shh I’m Watching a Movie

Listen as two comedians watch a movie together. One of them has seen it and talks through the entire thing. It’s surprisingly entertaining and every episode will make you laugh.  

That’s How I Remember It

Six improvisers will perfectly retell their favourite movies on the podcast. Or at least, how they remember it. 


News

CBC News: The World This Hour

This is known as Canada’s most trusted audio newscast. This CBC podcast offers fresh perspectives on what’s happening in the world, so you can stay up-to-date on everything. 

Canadaland

The podcast's primary focus is Canadian news, media, politics, and current events. Every week they get over 100,000 downloads, so you know it’s well-loved. 

The Big Story

This news podcast dives deep into Canadian topics. They draw on some of the nation's best journalists to gather their stories and offer new perspectives on anything from elections to real estate. They even tie in some humour along the way. 

Crackdown

This monthly podcast is about the drug war. It’s different from others, as it is totally covered by former drug users acting as war correspondents. 

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay has the highest crime and homicide rate in the country. Listen as Ryan McMahon dives into why this is. 


True Crime

Uncover

CBC's Uncover podcast has to be one of the best true crime series in Canada. Most notably, Season 1: Escaping NXIVM will keep you on the edge of your seat as the show investigates Canadian links to the infamous cult organization.

Other seasons worth binging definitely include Satanic Panic, Sharmini and The Village.

Someone Knows Something

This CBC podcast is all about tackling one cold case per season. Think Serial but Canadian. 

Who Killed Chloe

This cold case murder will keep you up at night. Especially because the podcaster claims they received an email about who actually did it. Are you hooked yet?

Dark Poutine

True crime, legends, folklore, and dark history. It’s all Canadian and it’s all spooky. 


Science, Politics, & History

Quirks and Quarks

This long-running science podcast has received several awards. Every week, there will be discussion on the latest science, technology, medical, and environmental discoveries.

The Secret Life of Canada

This podcast is all about highlighting the people, places and stories that make up our nation. They cover anything including music, history, sports, news, and more. 


Sports

Locked On Raptors

Everyone loves the Raptors ever since they won the NBA championships. Listen as this podcast dives into the gritty details surrounding the team.  

First Down Sports

This is Atlantic Canada’s #1 sports podcast. Need we say more?


Wellness

Mindful (Mostly)

This wellness podcast is all about living your best and most healthy lifestyle. They even encourage wearing yoga pants and eating fries so you don’t have to feel bad about your life choices. 

The Quick and The Dirty

This podcast is all about love, lust, and sex. Guests discuss stories from their lives with two female cohosts and honestly, it’s so relatable it hurts. 

Lemon Water

Listen as Michelle Siman talks with other women about health, wellness, and beauty. It’s a great wellness podcast to start with if you’re new to the genre. 


Music

City Slang  

This underground music podcast is recorded in Ottawa. It’s all about funny interviews, underground bands, and all things music. 

Our Debut Album

Two comedians get together once a month to write a song. They only have one hour to do it and some of the tracks are surprisingly catchy. It’s all part of them working towards making their debut album. 

Polaris Podcast

This podcast is all about analyzing great Canadian records. You will learn a lot, and you’ll hear some music that you probably haven’t heard in a while. 

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