About Me


Hi! I’m BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre. It’s my privilege to be a champion for the extraordinarily talented and endlessly inventive Canadian composers who enrich our lives, help weave the fabric of our culture and both challenge and inspire us with their innovative music.

I’ve spent my entire life involved in the performing arts: studying violin, french horn, piano, singing and acting in my youth; later playing violin professionally in the Victoria Symphony while studying performance at the University of Victoria.

For twenty years I lived in New York, first as a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. where I produced international concert tours for European orchestras and dance companies, and managed Grammy Award-winning performing artists. Later, as head of my own agency, International Artists Group, I produced large special events including televised stadium concerts in China for Ricky Martin; a New York tribute to the National Endowment for the Arts featuring Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin; and one of the first memorial concerts dedicated to Princess Diana,  at the Barbican Centre.

After 20 years in NYC where I co-founded Kultureshock.Net, I moved back to Vancouver in 2006 to marry my life-partner, Tom, on our 20th Anniversary together. And I’ve been closely involved in arts and community issues ever since – running for city council twice, chairing the Futures Committee as Vice President of the Vancouver Recital Society board before becoming Executive Director, heading up a task force for the Langley Community Music School and serving on the board of the False Creek Residents Association for a number of years

And I’m excited to serve on the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council this spring, after serving on the old Community Arts Council many years ago.

10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Sean,
    I’m writing to invite you to a fund-raising concert I have organised for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
    I have brought 5 dazzloing violininsts together, and formed a 25 piece string orchestra, of elite players made up of University and colege students and University gradustes.
    It is calle JOY of MUSIC
    go to http://www.tonistanick.ca/events for details and http://www.tonistanick.ca/videos fro live footage of some of the performers.
    This has been a labour of love for me, and it is very exciting! I hope you can be a part of it by attending the concert, and joining us afterwards to celebrate my 50th.
    Look forward to hearing from you!
    Toni Stanick

  2. Saw you interviewed on noon-news Global today and did a double take – to jog your memory – UBC School of Music, late 70s or early 80s – I was the administrator – we shared an office for a while – thinking you were in NY all this time – glad to see you are back and successful here in the Lower Mainland. would love to hear from you – if you remember me! :-)))) perhaps you remember Isabel?

    • Hi Camille,
      I appreciate you asking, and hope to announce my plans in April. As to party, I don’t believe in ideology, which is why I’ve been a member of the Non-Partisan Association since September of 2008, and I remain a member in good standing today.

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