Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Award-winning film and travel writer
Travel Media Association of Canada, Society of American Travel Writers, Toronto Film Critics Association
My company is Spellbound: captivating writing


Movie Nights Across Canada: Iqaluit

Extensive writing for program book for Movie Nights Across Canada, Nunavut.
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Uncovering a forgotten history

The Black Prince, a historical drama based on the fascinating life of a deposed Sikh king who struggled to regain his crown and heritage “will touch anybody’s heart,” says executive producer Jasjeet Singh.
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City breaks: 48 Hours in Toronto

Vibrant, multicultural Toronto is Canada’s arts and entertainment capital, dubbed ‘The 6’ by its famous son, rapper Drake. Buzzing with festivals and activities inspired by its global citizens and an energetic food scene, residents are justifiably proud of urban neighbourhoods and a glittering waterfront skyline. Local film and travel writer Linda Barnard let us in on the best places to eat, sleep and visit in her home city. Link to Story

Movie Nights Across Canada - Toronto

Program book for the Toronto kickoff of Movie Nights Across Canada. Extensive writing, including the key essay on Canadian film and television.
Telefilm Canada Link to Story

Praise for Peace Builders of Northern Kenya;

News release describing the Nairobi-based Shalom Centre and its research-led model for building and maintaining peace between rival groups in Africa, founded in 2009 by an Irish Catholic priest, Fr. Patrick Devine.
press release Link to Story

Fashion on film

New twist on classic movie looks for client Nordstrom in The Kit, the Toronto Star's fashion, beauty and style media brand. Daily web and weekly paper feature in select copies of Toronto Star and via distribution in Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
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Linda Barnard

A freelance writer covering film and travel, I have more than three decades of experience in deadline-driven digital and print journalism. I'm the former movie writer and a staff film critic at the Toronto Star and a National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment) and winner Best International Travel Story, SATW Canadian Chapter. I have extensive experience as a restaurant critic and food, wine and cocktail writer.
I write for The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, Canadian Traveller Magazine, Fodor's, Movie Entertainment Magazine, Montecristo Magazine, The National Abu Dhabi and others.
My creative clients include Telefilm Canada and Star Metro Media.
I write eloquent speeches, craft well-written targeted content and can provide media training.