The Walleye Magazine Celebrates 14 Years with New Ownership Trio

The Walleye Magazine celebrates its 14th anniversary with new ownership, continuing to highlight Thunder Bay's vibrant arts and culture scene

Long-standing Arts and Culture Magazine Enters New Chapter

Thunder Bay, ON – The Walleye Magazine is celebrating its 14th anniversary with an exciting announcement: employees Adrian Lysenko, Alaina Linklater, and Sidney Ulakovic are the proud new owners. This transition marks a new era for the award-winning arts and culture publication that has been a staple in Thunder Bay since 2010.

Meet the New Owners

Adrian Lysenko, who has served as the magazine’s editor for nearly a decade, is stepping into his new role as co-owner with enthusiasm. “Having been the magazine’s editor for almost a decade, I’m thrilled to step into this new role,” says Lysenko, now the editor-in-chief. “We look forward to continuing to showcase Thunder Bay’s amazing arts and culture scene through print and other forms of media.”

Alaina Linklater, the new director of sales and marketing, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for supporting local businesses. “Working in my fifth year at The Walleye, I’ve witnessed the evolution of the local business climate. It’s been a passion of mine to help amplify small businesses,” says Linklater. “To continue this work and grow as a team is an absolute dream come true. I’m thankful to be a part of Thunder Bay’s wonderful business community and welcome the change as we embark on the ever-changing world of entrepreneurship.”

Sidney Ulakovic, the creative director, adds fresh perspectives and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. “Though my time with The Walleye has been shorter, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to run the magazine alongside my partners who have played an integral role in making it such a success,” Ulakovic shares. “I’m excited to be part of The Walleye’s continued growth and spending each month connecting with the people we feature who make our community so special.”

A Legacy of Impact

Since its inception, The Walleye has reached 30,000 monthly readers in Thunder Bay, the surrounding area, and Northern Minnesota, offering a window into the inspiring moments that define the community. The magazine features local artists, musicians, and influencers, along with thoughtful social and environmental commentary, promoting pride of place and acceptance in the community.

New Office Location

In addition to new ownership, The Walleye is moving to a new office at 204 Red River Road, at the corner of St. Paul Street and Red River Road. “Our new space is just around the corner from our first office on St. Paul Street, so it feels like a full circle moment,” Lysenko says. “We’re happy to be back in the heart of downtown Port Arthur.”

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