Stuart McLean is one of Canada's most beloved storytellers and a best-selling author. His hit CBC radio show "THE VINYL CAFE" premiered in 1994, and each week over 1 million listeners tune in to hear stories about Dave, owner of the second hand record store where the motto is: “We May Not Be Big, But We're Small".
The stories feature Dave's wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie, and assorted friends and neighbours. The show also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians. Increasingly, it is becoming a place where Canadians go to find new, undiscovered talent.
In addition to hosting The Vinyl Cafe, Stuart is also an accomplished author and an award-winning journalist. His books include The Morningside World of Stuart McLean (1989), Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada (1992), Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (1995), Home from the Vinyl Cafe (1998), The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged (2000), Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003) and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe (2006), Extreme Vinyl Cafe (2009) and Vinyl Cafe Notebook (2010). Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe have all received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003), was chosen as the best short story collection of the year by the Canadian Author's Association.
Stuart has also released nine Vinyl Cafe recordings on compact disc including Vinyl Cafe: Stories, The Vinyl Cafe On Tour, Odd Jobs, Coast To Coast Story Service, Vinyl Cafe: A Christmas Collection, Stuart McLean’s History of Canada, An Important Message, Vinyl Cafe Storyland, Planet Boy and Out & About.
Since 1998, Stuart has taken The Vinyl Cafe show on the road across Canada. In addition to his humorous storytelling, Stuart’s live performances showcase the wonderful talents of Canadian musicians.
For more information, please visit www.vinylcafe.com