Canadian True Crime is a fully independent, immersive storytelling podcast created as a personal passion project by creator and host Kristi Lee. The key focus of the show is to honour and respect victims and survivors of crimes committed in Canada, and explore how their loss impacted both their loved ones and the wider community.
The podcast follows a single-narrator format with ambient background music and sometimes incorporates media and interview audio clips. Canadian True Crime mainly focuses on solved cases, and sticks to the facts of the crime, which are usually obtained through publicly-available court documents, news articles, court reporting, and other existing sources.
New episodes are generally released on the 1st and 15th of every month, except during the summer months when the show takes a two-month break.
You can listen to Canadian True Crime on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, your favourite podcast app, or you can stream episodes directly from this website via the episodes page.
Canadian True Crime was included in the Apple Podcasts (Canada) #BestOf2018 list.
Creator + host
Canadian True Crime is primarily written, researched and narrated by Kristi Lee, an Australian who has lived in the Greater Toronto Area since 2009, and is now a proud Canadian citizen. Kristi is an avid true crime enthusiast and podcast listener. Towards the end of 2016, she saw an opportunity for a podcast dedicated solely to true crime stories in Canada. With no audio or narration experience, she embarked on the project as a personal challenge, and continues to view the podcast as a work in progress that she constantly strives to improve.
Kristi is married, has two little Canadians and a golden retriever called Bruce. By day she continues to work full-time in marketing and communications in downtown Toronto’s financial district, and after the kids are in bed is when she creates episodes for Canadian True Crime in a popup recording studio in her basement.
Audio editing + production
Erik has been editing the audio for Canadian True Crime since mid-2017. He lives in the Greater Toronto Area.
Research + writing
Haley Gray is long time devotee of podcasts, both behind the mic and as a listener. She's been podcasting regularly since May 2016, starting with her comedy/true crime podcast "Curiosity Kills" and then to creating and producing a serious true crime podcast titled "Murder Road Trip". While finishing her undergraduate degree, Haley found that her passion lies within research. She enjoys finding all the bits and pieces that make a story come to life and communicating that information to hosts who then create a narrative. Other podcasts she has researched for include The Fall Line, True Crime Fan Club, Once Upon a Crime, and Crime & Precedents, and the Parcast Network’s: Crimes of Passion.
See website: Haley Gray Research
Research + media
Enya Best is a lover of words. She has a long history of writing, from contributing to a local magazine, to publishing her own book - Bloom. She was born in England, grew up in Saudi Arabia and currently lives in the Greater Toronto Area. She loves to challenge herself with new projects. She joined the team in August 2018, challenging herself to take on the world of true crime.