Women of Color from around the world are hosting podcasts, including Canadians. A growing number of Canadian influencer initiatives like the Canadian Podcast Awards and The Black Canadian Creator Directory (fill out this form to be included) are taking the lead in highlighting the lengthy list of Canadian talent in audio. In celebration of Canadian podcasters, discover twenty-one Canadian Women of Color podcasters hosting podcasts and audio series covering various topics from business to spirituality and everything in between. Subscribe to these shows, follow these Canadian creators, and please spread the word.
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Category: Cultural Podcasts
Beneath the Ceiba Tree
Beneath the Ceiba Tree is a podcast about Caribbean folklore, exploring how its impact ripples through history to the present day and beyond. Beneath the Ceiba Tree spent the past year as a podcast in residence with Crow’s Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre.
Name of hosts: Meghan Swaby and Sedina Fiati
Beyond Asian: Stories of the Third Culture
Beyond Asian is a storytelling interview show that frames shared cultural history and collective intersections with the West, and how these are only the starting points for the way diverse Asian people have taken their lives in vastly different directions. The podcast is trauma-informed and uses narrative as a sensemaking tool. We strive to see things in a historically-aware and compassionate way while naming the problematic aspects of Asian culture and how they may be exacerbated in the West. We offer nuance to alleviate hyperpolarization, deepen contextual understanding, and increase our collective capacity for holding cultural paradoxes.
Name of host: Sen Zhan
Follow on Instagram: @beyond.asian
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A Shot of Melanin
A Shot of Melanin is a podcast centered around what it’s like being Black In Canada. It’s about having the conversation in the community so that we learn, listen and grow.
Name of host: Michelle
Follow on Instagram: @ashotofmelanin
This Black Girl Podcast
This Black Girl Podcast shares reflective conversations and assessments of the many tropes and characteristics that attempt to define Black Women and Black people in general – from relationships, history, pop culture, politics, and many things in between, dismantling the monolith one episode at a time.
Name of host: LOLA
Follow on Instagram: @thisblackgirlpodcast
The Relentless Diaries
The Relentless Diaries is a Black woman-led podcast started in 2020 by the main host, Zoie Smith. The show has become a podcast for the culture, straight from the mind of a young, relentless Black woman. The Relentless Diaries will tackle some of your favourite topics with a unique twist from relatable experiences, global events, social issues, pop culture, and more. Zoie now sits alongside her two friends and co-hosts, Tresor Gray and Clyde Smith, where the trio has found the perfect balance between comedic entertainment and the seriousness of navigating life as young Black individuals in Canada.
Name of host: Zoie Smith, Tresor Gray, and Clyde Smith
Follow on Instagram: @therelentlessdiaries
Diving for Pearls
Diving for Pearls features the stories of women living in the UAE and across the globe who are breaking ground in their industry while transforming the cultural landscape. The women we spotlight have persevered with unwavering determination, sheer brilliance, and grit and are in many ways analogous to “pearl divers”…women who have taken calculated risks to uncover and harvest “pearls of wisdom”- insights that have led them to illuminate their pathway and the pathway of others.
Name of host: Ms. Gina P. Nelson
Follow on Instagram: @msginapnelson
Category: Canadian Podcasts For Creators
It’s All Connected By HerCastleGirls
It’s All Connected By HerCastleGirls is a mindful and intentional living podcast for creatives exploring mental health, mindfulness, and spirituality. Co-founders and hosts Carcia and Telly are lifestyle content creators who delved deep into mindfulness and spiritual healing for three years to heal themselves. They hope to heal others by fostering this honest community where it’s okay to ask, “why am I here?” and “how do I serve?”
Name of hosts: Carcia Campbell and Chantel Telly Campbell
Follow on Instagram: @hercastlegirls
The Podcaster’s Guide to a Visible Voice
Welcome to “The Podcaster’s Guide to a Visible Voice,” a podcast for podcasters who want to reach their full potential. Be more confident to share your authentic voice through bite-sized episodes with voice coaching and podcasting tips. You’ll discover what it takes to be a powerful podcaster with your host Mary Chan, as she shares techniques and mindset shifts and goes beyond the typical how-to talk into a microphone, but she loves to talk about that too. She’ll guide you on your podcasting journey to level up your show or even start one.
Name of host: Mary Chan
Follow on Instagram: @organizedsoundproductions
Black Canadian Creators
Black Canadian Creators is perfect for anyone looking to start their journey or get inspired by fellow content creators. This seasonal interview-style series is hosted by Facebook community founder and podcast host/producer Sherley Joseph in this seasonal interview-style series. Spotlighting a wide range of online and offline Canadian creatives who identify as Black, African, Africadian, Caribbean, or Mixed originators living in Canada or ex-pat creators living abroad. Learn from new or veteran bloggers, podcasters, journalists, authors, writers, YouTubers, photographers, videographers, directors, musicians, visual artists, producers, content strategists, influencers, and more.
Name of host: Sherley Joseph
Follow on Instagram: @blackcanadiancreators
Savvy Social Podcast is for budding entrepreneurs who want to understand the “why” of social media marketing. Social media strategist, Andréa Jones of OnlineDrea.com, talks about all things social media, chats with other industry professionals about what has worked for them and teaches you how to elevate your social media strategies through practical, proven advice.
Name of host: Andréa Jones
Follow on Instagram: @onlinedrea
Category: Industry Specific Podcasts
Health Analytic Insights
When I graduated from university, like many of my peers, I had a rude awakening that having a degree doesn’t magically open the doors you want to enter. What followed was a long and challenging two-year journey to attempt to find a job in my field. Along the way, I picked up on some impactful tips that helped me pivot into the health informatics field. Listen to Health Analytics Insights to discover a community passionate about health informatics and get into the field quicker with actionable and helpful tips.
Name of host: Alana Esty
Follow on Instagram: @healthanalyticinsights
The Fashion Faux Pas
Bernie Gracieuse and Yasmine Isaya are two young women slowly but surely dipping their toes in the fashion industry. They are committing, oh so, many Faux Pas’ along the way – hence the name. The Fashion Faux Pas is meant to have real and honest conversations about the industry with people who are on their way to making their dreams come true or who are simply living their dreams. Come along with us as we navigate this crazy industry.
Name of hosts: Bernie Gracieuse and Yasmine Isaya
Follow on Instagram: @thefashionfauxpaspodcast
Category: Motivational Canadian Podcasts
What Are You Driven By?
What Are You Driven By? is for those ultimately seeking to understand how we can identify what our purpose is / what we are driven by and improve the quality of our lives by prioritizing purpose and growth. We explore different topics related to motivation, personal development, and what it takes to live a fulfilling life and a life of purpose.
Name of host: Diondra
Follow on Instagram: @drivenbyco
The Tao Of Self Confidence
The Tao of Self Confidence is a podcast created for you, the woman on her inner journey to self-confidence no matter what stage you are at. If you are looking for inspirational stories and advice during your daily commute, workout, or just “me” time, Sheena Yap Chan delivers the goods. Each episode brings you an amazing woman who shares her journey: her life before the discovery, the “AHA” moment, life after her discovery, and the advice she gives that you can apply in your own life. The journey to self-confidence starts with a single step. Are you ready to take that first step?
Name of host: Sheena Yap Chan
Follow on Instagram: @thetaoofselfconfidence
Two Feet Apart
This podcast is a collection of stories circling the exploration of finding passion and purpose, told through embracing individuality and vulnerable moments. Two Feet Apart is a space for individuals to learn that language matters- that words mean things. To embrace diversity means to practice inclusivity within LGBTQ+, Indigenous, POC, and Black communities. To embrace diversity means providing accessible practices for those with visible and invisible disabilities. It is a space to place egos in the crevices of our being in hopes of broadening mental horizons to foster growth. It’s a space to fuel mindfulness. It’s a space to emulate vulnerability in sharing our stories because our stories are our greatest strengths and our strongest powers. Our superpowers.
Name of host: Patra van Herksen a.k.a. PeachyPatra
Follow on Instagram: @twofeetapart
Life as Christian
Life as Christian centers around the struggles Christians face in their everyday life while trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. It’s a safe space where we share struggles and the strategies we’ve used to overcome them.
Name of host: Sherlette Rutherford
Introverted Queen is shining a light on the misconceptions society has about introverts.
Name of host: Cindy Dee
Follow on Instagram: @introverted_queenblog
Don’t Go Broke Trying
Financial literacy is something most people know nothing about until life forces them to learn. It gets even harder when you’ve moved from another country and now must learn a completely new financial system. Don’t Go Broke Trying exists to make these complex topics simple and share resources that can help you avoid costly mistakes on your personal finance journey. Hear from your host, Reni the Resource, who will give her take on what she would do in certain situations. You will also hear from guests who have made financial mistakes and hear their experiences, so you don’t have to make them.
Name of host: Reni Odetoyinbo / Reni The Resource
Follow on Instagram: @dontgobroketrying
Category: Canadian Business Podcasts
Business and Culture Podcast
Business and Culture is a podcast hosted by YouTuber, CharisMaggie where she invites Canadian-based entrepreneurs from different cultural backgrounds and industries to share inspiring entrepreneur stories, business tips for new or aspiring entrepreneurs. You can also find shared insights on the difference in the business culture in Canada vs. their native country.
Name of host: CharisMaggie
Follow on Instagram: @businessandculturepod
The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ
The Shine to FIVE™ Method is a trusted system designed to help young women-identified professionals leap from employee to entrepreneur and shine in their own businesses. As an extension of the system, the podcast provides tips, guides, strategies, and personal stories to help womxn break free of their employee mindset.
Name of host: Christen N. James
Follow on Instagram: @theshinetofivemethod
Category: Comedic Relief Podcasts
In My Heads
In My Heads is the only podcast you need in the background while doing any activity. Dréa’s wild mind juggles topics from her ridiculous encounters, music, and that weird smell on the train, to spirituality and her craziest thoughts of the week. Join her while she sips on a drink (or puffs) and lets her brains bring you great comedic relief.
Host: Andréa Ndikumasabo a.k.a Dréaaa
Follow on Instagram: @inmyheadspodcast
Is there a Canadian podcast by a Women of Color that you’d love to see on this list? Email us your recommendation at wocpodcasters (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Danielle Desir is a podcast marketing coach, founder of WOC Podcasters and the host of The Thought Card Podcast an award-winning affordable luxury travel and personal finance blog and podcast empowering financially savvy travelers to travel more, pay off debt, and build wealth.