New Executive Director of Manitoba Music

December 08, 2014


Beginning this January, the current Programs Manager for Music Manitoba, Sean McManus, will be stepping into new shoes as Executive Director.

McManus will lead the largest non-profit in Manitoba dedicated to local music and “the only Aboriginal music program of its kind in the world,” the Aboriginal Music Program.

According to the Brandon Sun, McManus joined Manitoba Music back in 2002 as an on-off employee before joining as the training coordinator in 2007. From there, McManus went on to help build a wealth of special projects in the Winnipeg area, like the Music Resource Centre and a professional development program for Manitoba Music.

Also, McManus probably has the coolest graduate degree out there: a Masters from York University in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. No big.

It was the end of a 13 year-long era for Sara Stasiuk, after it was announced she would be leaving her post with Manitoba Music to begin a Winnipeg chapter for Six Shooter Records.

Rad as the news was for Six Shooter Records, it was—for Stasiuk—a case of “mixed emotions to the max” as she accepted her new position and departed from Manitoba Music with grace.


Six Shooter Records welcomed Stasiuk onboard calling her an “industry powerhouse.”


Pro tip: If you’re in the Winnipeg area this holiday season, Manitoba Music has the lowdown for local music events for you and your loved ones. Check out Stasiuk’s interview with Breakfast Television as they talk curling, Six Shooter Records, and holiday music.


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–Leyland Bradley

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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