Hot Shoe Productions

Social enterprise empowering youth to create powerful video products

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goals - 4. Quality Education
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Quick facts

  • Founded: 2014
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Arts and Culture, Education

What's your social mission?

Hot Shoe Productions gives youth from Ottawa’s priority communities the opportunity to excel by training them in video production. Through Youth Active Media, students gain highly-demanded media skills. Some go on to work with Hot Shoe Productions, empowering them through work with real clients and the creation of quality productions.


  • Video production social enterprise working with youth
  • Developing quality products while tackling youth unemployment
  • Serves a diverse range of clients, including: Shopify, Motivate Canada, Ottawa Employment Hub, MASC, CSED, CAWI and the Ottawa Public Library


Number of youth trained in videography since 2014


Total number of youth employed


  • 2014

    Youth Active Media (YAM) launched with a grant from the Ottawa Trillium Foundation – a partnership between Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa.

  • December 2015

    First 100 youth trained in videography

  • Fall 2016

    YAM holds the first YAMCAM Awards at Arts Court Theatre – a film festival organized by YAM youth to showcase their films.

  • 2016

    YAM hires 23 youth over the course of the year to pilot the concept of a social enterprise, creating films for other agencies.

  • Fall 2017

    YAM wins the 2017 New Leaf Community Challenge

  • Spring 2018

    The social enterprise is re-branded and formally launched as Hot Shoe Productions

  • Summer 2018

    Number of youth trained in videography reaches 500.

  • 2018

    Hot Shoe Productions secures first corporate client (several more to follow that year), first inter-city project and branches into still photography.

The Ecosystem

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