Elly Barlin-Daniels is a producer, public relations professional, mentor, and accomplished writer with 40 years experience in all facets of the communications industry.  She has worked with many of Toronto’s non-profit theatres, and is currently the lead producer on a new Broadway-bound musical.

A children’s music and media expert, Elly has worked closely with many prolific Canadian authors, musicians, and theatre artists. 

Driven by a strong desire to serve and support her community, Elly acts as an advisor to many non-profit organizations and individuals, skilled in event management, editing, speech writing and media relations.  



Elly is the youngest of four children born to pharmacist Hyeman (‘Scotty’) Barlin and his wife Zelda. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, she spent her childhood in Toronto, relocating with her family to Winnipeg at age 12. Elly graduated from The University of Manitoba, with degrees in Communications and Psychology. 

Elly began her career in Winnipeg, working as as a free-lance writer; as a producer and on-air host at CKY-TV (CTV) Winnipeg; and as a publicist, writer and producer at CKND-TV (a Global affiliate). After moving back to Toronto, she worked at CBC Enterprises in the orchestral recordings department. From there she moved to First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation (The Movie Network), where she was responsible for artist, corporate and board public relations and publicity. She then moved to CTV as the National Publicist for Entertainment Programming, launching Murphy Brown and Roseanne in Canada. She then became the publicist for the national news department, working with Lloyd Robertson; Sandie Rinaldo; and Pamela Wallin, among others.

For Canada’s Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, Elly was responsible for artist, corporate and board public relations and publicity.  She worked with legendary artists such as Ella Fitzgerald; Liza Minelli; Marvin Hamlisch; Harry Connick Jr.; and Rosemary Clooney.



Working closely with Juno-Award Winning children’s musicians Jack Grunsky and Martha Johnson ('Martha and The Muffins'), Elly became involved with Mariposa in the Schools and Prologue for the Performing Arts. As part of the Canadian children's book community, Elly served on the board of the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) for six years, and later joined the board of World Literacy Canada. Elly has sponsored the Claire Mackay Memorial Lecture at CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference for several years. 

Elly created the marketing and communications campaign for the successful I Read Canadian initiative, spearheaded by celebrated Canadian Author Eric Walters on behalf of the Ontario Library Association; the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers; and the CCBC.

A profile of Elly's life and work appears in the Spring 2021 edition of the CANSCAIP Newsletter, written by Bev Katz Rosenbaum. 


For the record, Elly is one of my favorite people. She is a tireless, selfless volunteer with such a dedication to children's literature. She is one of the foundation pieces to I Read Canadian. She sees the world in such a creative way.

Eric Walters, Governor General's Award Winning Children's Author


Elly has worked with many of Toronto’s non-profit theatres including Theatre20, where she was Associate Producer and publicist for Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” directed by Gary Griffin, and starring Brent Carver; Louise Pitre; and Nia Vardalos.  Elly currently sits on the Board of Directors of Crow’s Theatre, and on the Advisory Boards of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre, and Chilina Kennedy’s Eclipse Theatre Company.

As President of Barlin-Daniels Productions Inc., Elly is lead producer on a new Broadway-bound musical. She is an investor in the Broadway production of Matthew Lopez’s Olivier and Drama Desk award-wining “The Inheritance,” and numerous Canadian theatre productions.  Upcoming projects include theatre and television productions for children. 



Elly is a former board member of Canada’s Walk of Fame; has chaired events for The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Children's Broadcast Institute, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation; and served on the event committees for The National Ballet of Canada's Mad Hot Ballet, The Brazilian Ball, and The Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner event for Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She sponsored the Children’s book art auction at the National Gallery on behalf of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; financed the Polish Edition of “Witness,” a book by the International March of the Living, published by Second Story Press; and has acted as an advisor to the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and sponsored the children’s book prize for their annual Vine Jewish Book Awards.

Elly and her family underwrite the Toronto Reference Library’s “Young Voices” magazine, and maintain the Hyeman Barlin Entrance Scholarship (in honour of her father) for the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. They helped to fund the building of the theatre at the Bishop Strachan School; created a digital learning Centre at Toronto’s Temple Sinai Congregation; endowed seats at Koerner Hall and the Betty Oliphant Theatre; and were founding donors of the New Jewish Press at the University of Toronto. Elly is an advisor to, and among the founding donors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights museum.


Thanks to Elly's encouragement, advice and guidance I now feel I can proudly say that I am a professional artist and that my work is valuable. She has helped me achieve the confidence I was lacking to move forward. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mentor who truly cares and knows the importance of empowering young people to find and utilize their talents with confidence.

Saffron Francis, Toronto based visual artist