The First Year Of Estocast Was A Success

December 22, 2022

Estonian Music Week, VEMU (Estonian Museum Canada), and Eesti Elu (Estonian Life) newspaper have had growing success with their joint venture EstoCast, a biweekly podcast. If you’ve ever wanted to know the latest Estonian books, music, art, history, science, and other key news and cultural topics but in a convenient on-the-go format, EstoCast is perfect for you. EstoCast is also ideal for those simply curious about any of the above topics and searching for something fresh, exciting, inspiring, and educational to listen to. EstoCast alternates between English and Estonian every other episode so that there’s something for everyone; those wanting to learn or practice either language also have the perfect chance for that!

Since our introduction in the last newsletter, EstoCast has come a long way and has made considerable strides within the podcast world. We’ve steadily gained listeners with every episode and expanded our horizons in terms of the topics we cover and our audience base, finding our niche. EstoCast has 17 episodes in both languages, spanning topics from literature to music and the latest cultural news and hottest happenings. Newer episodes also touch upon topics such as politics, technology, and stories of people in our diaspora Estonian communities in Canada and worldwide. We’ve had some tantalizing and exciting guests visit our studio in the past couple of months, such as famed Estonian writer Leelo Tungal who gave us a peek into the inner world and mind of an author, catching up on the latest in the tech world with project manager at Tehnopol Science and Business Park, Tallinn Maarika Merirand, and an in depth tour of the ins and outs of diplomacy by former Estonian Ambassador to Canada Toomas Lukk. There’s never a dull moment with EstoCast; tune in and check us out!

A good portion of our listener base is located in Canada, with Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States following that. We’ve even gained listeners in all corners of the earth, such as Spain, Mexico, and Africa! Topping the charts as the current most popular episode is Chef Paul Lillakas’ Path to Becoming a TV chef, followed by “An Interview with a Bookworm – a discussion with VEMU/Estonian Museum Canada chief archivist Piret Noorhani,” “An Interview with Ruslan and Terje Trochynskyi of Svjata Vatra,” and a discussion with Alan Teder on translation and the world of literature at large. We’re surely and steadily gaining ground in the vast sea of podcasts and evolving to become better than ever before.

Season 2 of EstoCast will be premiering shortly in January, with a slew of thrilling new guests lined up and captivating topics to capture the attention of all listeners, big and small, young and old, so stay tuned; you won’t want to miss what’s in store in the future! Hosts Vincent Teetsov and Kati Kiilaspea, along with occasional guest hosts, will continue to take you through the exciting world of Estonian culture at large. You can find EstoCast here on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, as well as at our website:

Happy listening!