Year: 2023

Leah-Simone Bowen

Creator and Co-host of the hit CBC podcast The Secret Life of Canada,

Leah-Simone Bowen is an award-winning podcaster, writer, and producer.  She is the creator and co-host of The Secret Life of Canada which debuted in 2017 and quickly rose to the top of the Apple podcasts charts.  In 2019, it would become the first independently created show to be picked up by CBC podcasts. The irreverent history series, which looks at the untold and under-told stories of the country, has amassed millions of downloads and is now being used as an educational tool in schools and universities across Canada. Leah has also worked as a producer on Buffy, the biographical podcast about the life of legendary musician and Indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie as well as the third season of the award winning series Stuff The British Stole from Australia Radio National. In 2021, CBC Radio One announced her as the new permanent host of Podcast Playlist a weekly show that features podcasts and creators from around the world. In addition to her work in radio and podcasting, she is a playwright, librettist and director who has worked across Canada and the US.