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


Breaking the uncomfortable silence

Natalie Novak was no more than 5 years old – and she was fearless. A grinning little girl. A Muskoka lake. A summer day. On the dock, she did not hesitate. She flew down the water slide into the lake, splashing into water over her head, making sure to do it when her parents, Dawn and Ed, weren’t looking. She was the opposite of most kids, who holler: “Mom, look! Watch me!” Not Natalie. She didn’t want to be told “no.” She didn’t want to hear she couldn’t do something. .
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Behind the scenes at the Stratford Festival

In 40 seasons with the Stratford Festival, master prop-builder Ken Dubblestyne has created dozens of fantastic creatures for the stage. This year he’s working on a harpy, a mythic half-human-half-bird that will have a starring role in this year’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The magnificent and imposing feathered creature has a massive jaw and enormous wings spanning 3.5 metres – all of which will move thanks to the puppetry skills of an actor positioned inside and two operators controlling the wings.
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Women of Hollywood take control

By Linda Barnard By breaking silence, records and celluloid ceilings in 2017, women working in the film industry appear to be on the cusp of a new era. This year a female superhero movie, the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, packed multiplexes and brought in a record $821.8 million internationally. It marked the highest box office take ever for a female-directed movie.
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The library revolution

The Toronto Public library is embarking on an ambitious new program to get Torontonians talking to each other. a wide-ranging series of debates, discussions and special events — kicks off March 18 and will roll out over two years at the Toronto Reference Library and in many of the city’s 100 neighbourhood branches.
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What does it mean to be a man?

The furor over sexual harassment and assault led by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements is also sparking conversations about the modern definitions of masculinity. It’s a subject that will be addressed at a panel called “What is the New Masculinity?”. on May 1 at the Toronto Reference Library’s Appel Salon.
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How to choose your favourite winter drink

Will that be whisky or cognac? We asked three experts to take the mystery out of fine spirits to help you choose your new favourite sip. Tish Harcus is a longtime brand ambassador for Canadian Club Whisky. Joining her is Beam Suntory Canada's master mixologist and whisky specialist, Matt Jones, and whisky expert Marcio Ramos.
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Agents Learn The Power of Vision

Vision Travel principals have good news to share with more than 450 employees, management and suppliers at its annual Power of Vision conference at the Harbour Castle Westin this weekend. “We’re part of a $7B global company,” said Joel Ostrov, president of Vision Travel. Quebec-East Region. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” observed Brian Robertson, Vision Travel president of Ontario-West Region, in looking back at 2017, noting Vision is on track to reach its goal of $1B in Canada in 2018.
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Movie Nights Across Canada: Iqaluit

Extensive writing for program book for Movie Nights Across Canada, Nunavut.
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Don’t post in haste, family lawyer warns

Social media and family law shouldn’t be Facebook friends, Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray tells The issue of damaging social media posts and email trails could hardly be more topical, given recent headlines about “digital documentation” and fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, says Chaiton-Murray, a senior associate with Fogelman Law. Link to Story

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.
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Linda Barnard

A freelance travel writer for Toronto Star, Fodor's , American Way in-flight magazine, TravelPulse Canada, Canadian Traveller, PlanetWare, food writer for Edible Toronto and film writer for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Movie Entertainment Magazine and others, 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.
My creative content clients include Telefilm Canada, The Globe and Mail and Star Metro Media.
I write eloquent speeches, craft well-written targeted content and can provide media training.