Provocation Ideas Festival presents Critical Conversations - Through a mirror darkly: Why we love true crime

Through a mirror darkly explores the cultural phenomenon of true crime and examines why many of us are so fascinated by it. Learn about the body’s physical and psychological response to true crime and what it means for the way it’s reported on and consumed.


Kristi Lee is the creator, narrator and executive producer of Canadian True Crime podcast. She is an Australian emigrant who founded the podcast as a personal creative passion project and remains the primary researcher, writer and producer. Kristi has a business marketing degree and a 20-year career in marketing and corporate communications in Australia and Canada. The idea for Canadian True Crime came at the end of 2016, when she decided to teach herself how to create a true crime podcast. She embarked on Canadian True Crime as a personal passion project and was surprised when the podcast soon gained an audience.

Kevin Donovan, Moderator, is the Toronto Star’s Chief Investigative Reporter. His focus is on journalism that exposes wrongdoing and effects change. Over more than three decades he has reported on the activities of charities, government, police, business among other institutions. Donovan also reported from the battlefields in the Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan following 9/11. He has won three National Newspaper Awards, two Governor General’s Michener Awards, the Canadian Journalism Foundation award and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. As the Star’s editor of investigations for many years, Donovan led many award-winning projects for the paper. He is the author of several books, including “Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation” and the “Dead Times” (a fiction novel).

Part of the MOTIVE Crime & Mystery Festival.

Presented in partnership wth the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

Saturday, June 8 • 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Habourfont Centre

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