portrait instaI’m a freelance journalist based in Toronto.

A reporter and editor for seven years at the National Post (where I was most recently news features editor), I have been freelancing since August 2011 for publications including the Toronto Star, The Grid, Toronto Life, OpenFile [RIP], Canadian Business, Imbibe, MoneySense, CityBites, Sharp and The Guardian (UK). From 2012 to 2014 I was happy to serve as founding editor of Gastropost, a Postmedia initiative that has grown into an engaged community of food lovers in four Canadian cities.

My specialties include news features, the arts, local happenings in Toronto, food and drinks. I continue to serve as the Post’s booze columnist (my Fix My Drink column runs Saturdays in the Weekend Post section).  It’s also good fun serving as the recurring drinks expert on CTV’s The Social.

My e-book Drink Different: A Refreshing Guide to Home Mixology was released in December 2012.

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Contact: amcdo {dot} TO {at} gmail {dot} com
Or by phone: six four seven, five hundred, sixty-seven twenty-two

Mailing address:

Adam McDowell
314 Garden Ave., Unit 2
Toronto, ON
M6R 1J8

9 thoughts on “About me & contact info

  1. Hi Adam,
    Thanks for your article “Why the world needs more introverts.” We too interviewed and featured Susan Cain, author of Quiet, in our December Toastmaster magazine, and appreciate your reference to Toastmasters International as an organization that helps introverts and others improve their communications skills. We hope you will continue to call upon Toastmasters locally as experts in the field of public speaking, communications and leadership. http://www.toastmasters.org.

    Angela Burrell, PR Specialist – Toastmasters International

  2. Nice item on Robbie Burns and Malt. You are wrong, not all Scotch is matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Some use former sherry casks, others former wine wood

    • I’m quite late replying to this, but yes, you are correct. I knew this and somehow mistyped. I did run a correction of this in the column the next week. I genuinely appreciate eagle eyes on what I write — it’s better to be kept on one’s toes

  3. He Adam.

    I was wondering if we could use this quote:

    Just as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani combatted images of dangerous, grimy New York with his famous broken windows policy, Toronto can fix its ho-hum image with a conspicuous pro-fun policy: Extend last call to 4 a.m., scrap pointless, anti-fun regulations and generally encourage the city to let loose.

    From this article: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/14/the-most-exciting-city-in-canada-toronto-of-course/

    On our website? Email me if it’s alright with you.


  4. Hi Adam,
    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your article about the Tyranny of the Chicken Finger. My wife and I are raising our 11 month old son and we hope to use your advice.
    Josh in Portland, OR

  5. I found your article on the phone, in the Saturday Post – an interesting look at the phone then and now.
    Being Deaf I have been using email and text more.
    There is a book you might find of interest by Harry G. Lang: “A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell”

    We don’t answer the phone, due to large number of marketing calls, unless there is both name and number on the call display, on Saturday afternoon, received a call that just had our home phone number on the display with unknown name.


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