60 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 • 157 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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    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
    Bucking Bronco (aka Mother’s Day) - Sam’s Underwear & Harrison Ford’s Toes

    Bucking Bronco (aka Mother’s Day) - Sam’s Underwear & Harrison Ford’s Toes

    “It started like a sprint. One moment you were standing still, and the next you were running as fast as you could.”
     
    Hold on tight! On today’s show, in time for Mother’s Day, two Vinyl Cafe stories about motherhood. And Jess shares a backstory about her own experiences – cue the bucking bronco!

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    • 59 min
    Food Glorious Food - No Tax on Truffles

    Food Glorious Food - No Tax on Truffles

    “It says it’s one of the most wonderful tastes in the world.”
     
    It’s a gastronomical episode of the podcast today. Stuart loved writing about his favourite foods – both in fiction and non-fiction – and Jess has gathered some great examples of both for today’s show. Plus a hilariously endearing story about Sam’s first passion. 

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    • 43 min
    The Cricket - The Cricket & I Need to Pee

    The Cricket - The Cricket & I Need to Pee

    “He’s not well, Stuart.”
     
    We’re going way back today with two pieces from pre-Vinyl Cafe days! One is a favourite you’ve been requesting, back from Stuart McLean’s regular appearances on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside. (Spoiler alert: You’ll see what happens when two presenters get the giggles on live radio.)
     
    Excerpt from Morningside reproduced by permission of CBC Licensing. 

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    • 29 min
    The Alchemy of Audience - Dad is Dying & Odd Jobs

    The Alchemy of Audience - Dad is Dying & Odd Jobs

    “There are only so many holes a man can cut in his own house before he is told to stop.”
     
    Today on the show, two classic Stuart McLean stories, including Odd Jobs. That’s the one where Dave tries his hand at some home renovations, with hilarious consequences. And Jess has a backstory about the magic of Vinyl Cafe audiences.

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    • 57 min
    Spring – The Fish Head

    Spring – The Fish Head

    “I guess I figured having a fish head could come in handy.”
     
    On this week’s episode Stuart celebrates the joys of birding and the Spring bird migration. And we have two springy stories, including a favourite from the Vinyl Cafe story exchange. To submit your short, true story to the Story Exchange, send it to vinylcafe@vinylcafe.com.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

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.

coastalcalgal ,

wonderful to have him back and you too!

love dave

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