Sean Cranbury

I am a writer, award-winning marketer and community-builder who is directing non-profit organizations in the areas of healthcare and literature.

I know that is an uncommon pairing.

My expertise, such as it is, resides in marketing, communications strategy, and organizational development. I help non-profits speak more clearly to and about themselves while ensuring that their people are focused, happy, and motivated.

If the people are good and the communications are clear then the path to success becomes much easier to navigate.

I have worked with books and writers for most of my adult life.

Starting as an independent bookseller during my high school years, to dabbling in indie publishing in the 00’s, to all sorts of writing-based projects, I now volunteer as a director and host for Real Vancouver: Reading Series and Writing School.

Real Vancouver was founded in a little art gallery on 100 block west Hastings Street during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

We became a registered non-profit society in the province of British Columbia in 2013 and are served by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Real Vancouver has hosted many dozens of events over the years and showcased hundreds of writers to crowds IRL and online.

My other great love is music. I’ve collected records since forever ago and have produced and promoted multi-bands showcases at local venues and dj’d at clubs across Vancouver.

In 2017 I formed The Strike Sessions with my friend Phil David.

The Strike Sessions had a monthly residency at the Fox Cabaret until the Pandemic put an end to all that.

We spun records. Mostly funk, soul, and hip-hop from the mid 60’s to today. Everything from the Funkadelic to Sadé to Gang Starr and The Roots.

My weapon of choice is the Technics SL-1200MK2.

Technology is a bit of an interest of mine whether it’s analog or digital.

It doesn’t get much more analog than ink and paper. Writing about ink and paper on the internet is a bit of a trip as well.

I also build websites for friends and colleagues in the arts and culture scene.

I have built websites for published, award-winning writers like Minelle Mahtani, Waubgeshig Rice, and my very talented and beautiful partner, Carleigh Baker.

I built all the really early iterations of the Real Vancouver website before we got smart and hired professionals.

The Infidels Jazz is another site that I’ve built and maintain that documents and supports the incredible and growing jazz music scene in Vancouver.