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.
“Arthur the Dog” - M’Chigeeng, ON
Stuart tells a story about Dave, Morley and the kids, and their beloved pet, Arthur. Arthur the dog, who stole socks, potatoes, too much space in the bed, and, more than anything else, stole the hearts of his family. And left them the richer for it.
“Dave and the Elevator” - Picton, ON
Dave volunteers to take care of Mary Turlington’s homemade cake.
“Dave and the Bike” - Gander, NL
When Dave sees his friend Ted Anderson’s fancy Italian racing bike strapped on to the roof of the car, he decides to climb up to see what it would feel like to take the bike for a spin.
“The Fishing Trip” - North Hatley, QC
Dave, Bert and Kenny provide some moral support for their friend Carl, now retired. Carl is missing his annual office fishing derby. The four friends head out of town to size up the competition and try their hand in the fishing contest.
“Dave the Dogwalker” - Montreal, QC
Dave becomes the neighbourhood’s de facto dogwalker - walking and caring for six neighbourhood dogs.
“The Waterslide” - Georgetown, PEI
Dave’s son Sam and his friend Murphy turn boredom into brilliance and entertain the neighbourhood by building the most amazing backyard slide.
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I “found” the Vinyl Cafe over a decade ago, when I first moved to Switzerland and was desperately homesick. It was “home” -familiar accents, stories about places I’d been, just pure joy. I had always wanted to write to Mr Maclean and tell him what he meant to me but it is my regret that I never did.
Throughout the many countries I’ve lived in now, there has been one constant. Thank you for making me feel “at home” no matter where in the world I am.
My husband, 2 daughters and I emigrated to Canada 25 years ago. Out 1st home was in a very small northern town in Manitoba. Each Sunday morning, no matter how “homesick” we were, Steward McLean would bring so much fun, laughter and joy into our home. Along the way, he opened windows for us to various communities across this beautiful land. We miss him dearly!
Real life with a funny side
My family of four - mom dad daughter son- completely relate to Mr McLeans stories and we enjoy listening to him in long car rides.