65 episodes

Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe welcomes listeners into the warm and comforting world of the Vinyl Cafe. Each episode features stories about Canada’s favourite fictional family: Dave, Morley and the kids, narrated by the late Stuart McLean and recorded live in concert. For the first time ever, long-time producer Jess Milton shares rare, behind-the-scenes stories from her 15 years touring, travelling, laughing, and recording with her close friend Stuart.
This is a world that is rooted in kindness, connection, and the laughter of recognition. A world that brings people together to rejoice in our ridiculousness. A world where we celebrate the small triumphs over the adversities of the everyday: like trying to find the perfect gift for someone you love, or the first Christmas without your sister; like trying to stage manage the school Christmas pageant, or trying to defrost a turkey with a hairdryer (we’ve all done that, right?).
Join us. New episodes every Friday.
www.vinylcafe.com

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Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe Apostrophe Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 158 Ratings

Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe welcomes listeners into the warm and comforting world of the Vinyl Cafe. Each episode features stories about Canada’s favourite fictional family: Dave, Morley and the kids, narrated by the late Stuart McLean and recorded live in concert. For the first time ever, long-time producer Jess Milton shares rare, behind-the-scenes stories from her 15 years touring, travelling, laughing, and recording with her close friend Stuart.
This is a world that is rooted in kindness, connection, and the laughter of recognition. A world that brings people together to rejoice in our ridiculousness. A world where we celebrate the small triumphs over the adversities of the everyday: like trying to find the perfect gift for someone you love, or the first Christmas without your sister; like trying to stage manage the school Christmas pageant, or trying to defrost a turkey with a hairdryer (we’ve all done that, right?).
Join us. New episodes every Friday.
www.vinylcafe.com

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    Summertime - Mexican Climbing Mint & Summer of Stars

    Summertime - Mexican Climbing Mint & Summer of Stars

    “There is nothing like a neighbour throwing money about their garden to make you feel bad about yours.”
     
    It's summer all the way on this week’s episode. In our first story, Mary Turlington unwittingly trips off a chain of events that get heated under the summer sun. And in the second, Sam and Murphy have the summer of a lifetime in Big Narrows, Cape Breton.

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    • 48 min
    Sam - Boy Wanted

    Sam - Boy Wanted

    “It was Sam’s first year in high school. And it was not going well.”
     
    Sam’s turn this week: We have a story about Sam’s first job and about finding his passion. Plus, an essay from Stuart McLean about his first jobs. Including his life-changing experience at summer camp.

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    • 41 min
    Stephanie - Steph’s Statistics Exam & In the Weeds

    Stephanie - Steph’s Statistics Exam & In the Weeds

    “How bad could it be? Statistics. That’s how bad it could be.”
     
    This week, two stories about Dave and Morley’s daughter, Stephanie – Stephanie at school and at work. Jess talks about Stuart’s goals in writing those stories and what they show us about success … and failure.

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    • 56 min
    Road Trip! - Cat in the Car

    Road Trip! - Cat in the Car

    “Whenever the cat is around, things seem to go wrong.”
     
    This week, Dave discovers a stowaway on the family road trip, with hilarious consequences. And Jess shares two more of Stuart McLean’s Postcards from Canada: from St John’s, NFLD in the east and Powell River, B.C. in the west.

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    • 43 min
    Kindness - Wally

    Kindness - Wally

    “Not everyone in the world is cut out to be a school janitor.”
     
    We’re full of the milk of human kindness on this week’s podcast. We play Stuart’s heartwarming interview with one of our favourite Arthur Award winners and Jess awards an Arthur of her own – to a Vinyl Cafe character! Plus, a Dave and Morley story that you may not have heard before.

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    • 50 min
    The Promise of Summer - The Man Who Punched Trees & Rosemary Honey

    The Promise of Summer - The Man Who Punched Trees & Rosemary Honey

    “A hive of bees is like a harvest kitchen. They gather up the summer: the heat of the sun, the warmth of the rain…”
     
    This week on the podcast, two Stuart McLean stories to whet your appetite for summer. In the first, Dave remembers an incredible woodland encounter from his youth in Cape Breton; in the second, Eugene puts Sam and Murphy on the trail of a bee line. 

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

idahoclearwater ,

Thank You

I cannot begin to thank you enough for bringing Stuart’s voice back - I’ve missed hearing him more than I can believe.

Aurorawatcher ,

Bringing back memories

Thank you Jess! This podcast brings back memories of listening to Vinyl Cafe every Saturday and Sunday when I lived back east and spent my time over the border in Canada. This was my favorite then and still is now. Stuart was and always be a legend. God bless Jess and thank you!

2niknam ,

Love Stuart!

I love to hear Stuart’s voice - too much time spent on lead up to the recordings.

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