I’m a Toronto-based journalist who writes for publications like Toronto Life, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Reader’s Digest, The Believer, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. I’ve won gold and silver at the National Magazine Awards (with a bunch of other nominations) and my work was selected to appear in the anthology Best Canadian Essays in both 2009 and 2011.
I like writing long-form, narrative journalism on a wide range of topics – an investigative report into Toronto’s Chinese-language newspapers, an in-depth look at the lives of captive elephants, a piece on the burgeoning marijuana industry, profiles of politicians, artists and ordinary Canadians. I also write personal essays, cultural criticism, travel articles, and humour pieces, usually about debilitating loneliness but sometimes about Royal Babies. Over the last few years, I’ve written (or am still writing) a books column at Canadian Business, a sports column at Sharp Magazine, and a social-studies column at Hazlitt.
I’m also, weirdly, the composer and co-writer of the musical comedies LOTR: The Musical: The Musical! and Just East of Broadway, both of which won the Patron’s Pick Award at the Toronto Fringe Festival. My strangest gig was writing two pantomimes with Lorna Wright: Ross Petty’s Beauty and the Beast: A Savagely Silly Family Musical in 2010 and The Wizard of Oz in 2011.
Email: nhunebrown <at> gmail.com