Back by popular demand: CBC presents the Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean! Featuring Canada’s favourite storyteller, the late Stuart McLean, the Vinyl Cafe is a blend of stories, essays and music, recorded at live concerts across Canada. McLean’s hilarious stories are about Dave, owner of a second-hand record store, and assorted family, friends and neighbours. Available for a limited time.
“The Mermaid and Other Mysteries” – Whitehorse, YK
Dave and Morley’s kids, Sam and Stephanie, spend a magical summer in Cape Breton.
“Sam’s First Kiss” – Port Hope, ON
Sam and Murphy spend a day at the movie theatre.
“Jimmy Walker” – St. John’s, NL
Dave takes a train trip to say goodbye to an old and dear friend: the bayman Jimmy Walker of Foggy Bottom Bay.
“Sam is Home Alone” – Nelson, BC
Dave and Morley go to a wedding and son Sam is left home alone overnight for the very first time.
“The House Next Door” – Halifax, NS
Morley enthusiastically embraces her role as house sitter for the new neighbours.
“Rosemary Honey” – Campbell River, BC
Dave’s neighbour Eugene asks Sam and Murphy to follow the bees that visit his garden rosemary plant and go in search of the honeycomb.
Gratitude for The Vinyl Cafe & CBC
When CBC announced the loss of one of Canada’s greatest storytellers, I instantly looked for the podcasts from The Vinyl Café only to learn that CBC no longer had access. It was like losing Stuart Mclean a second time. Now with the return of his stories, it feels like there’s hope in this tilted world again. As a teacher, I use his stories to help students learn how to add details to their writing, create visualization for the audience, and loop back to the begging. I can’t thank CBC enough for keeping Stuart alive in our hearts and laughter.
This has been such a relaxing and wonderful addition to my summer - Stuart was a fixture of my youth and has truly given me peace and relaxation during a stressful summer in this crazy world - If you continued to release more I would be forever grateful.
Thank you and of course - Thank you Stuart looking down on us.
Thank you for bringing Stuart back into our homes! These stories are such a comfort and joy. I hope these continue at Christmas- it simply isn’t the same without Dave’s turkey!