Trent Ernst, Editor
Storyteller and CBC radio host Stuart McLean is bringing his unique and popular brand of storytelling to the Peace when the Vinyl Café Fall Tour works its way North From Vancouver and Chilliwack, through Prince George, Fort St. John Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie.
McLean is best known for his humorous, loosely wound stories around the fictitious Vinyl Café, a record shop owned by his equally fictitious friend Dave and his family and friends. The record store was described by McLean as the world’s smallest record store with the epigraph: “We may not be big, but we’re small.”
McLean began telling stories about Dave and Morley and the kids on Morningside with Peter Gzowski in the early 1990s. In 1994, he pitched the Vinyl Café as a summer replacement show, and within a few years, it had become one of the most popular shows on CBC, airing every Sunday at noon.
In 1998, he began taking the show, with its mix of interesting music and humorous stories, on the road, visiting venues both large and small on his tours and featuring uniquely Canadian performers. For this tour, Harry Manx is the feature performer, a musician from Saltspring Island who blends western blues and folk music with classic Indian ragas. He is known for performing songs like a sitar-laced version of Bruce Springsteen’s classic ‘I’m on Fire’.