Vinyl Cafe

First in a new series featuring Dave, owner of the Vinyl Café, the world's smallest record store.

Hosted by Stuart Mclean.

Episodes

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A Comedy Drama Featuring Dave, Owner Of The World's Smallest Record Shop. 2/820061028 BT=2300 (BBC7)
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Getting Mugged. Stuart shares his thoughts on unwanted mugs.

Getting Mugged. Stuart shares his thoughts on unwanted mugs. Episode 2 of 8.

Book Club20070413 BT=1330 (BBC7)
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The children are a little older and Morley joins a book club only to find that for some, reading can be a competitive sport.

Episode 10 of 10.

The children are a little older and Morley joins a book club only to find that for some, reading can be a competitive sport. Episode 10 of 10.

Calgary20170715 (BBC7)

Canadian show host Stuart Maclean celebrates the city of Calgary.

Stuart Maclean celebrates the city of Calgary in Alberta.

Discover why Calgary may be the one place you should visit if you want to get to know Canada. And enjoy Stuart's tale about Dave - the owner and operator of "The Vinyl Cafe", the record store whose motto is "We May Not Be Big, But We're Small". In today's episode, Dave decides to try a sensory deprivation tank...

With musical guests Reuben and the Dark

First broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1994, the variety show Vinyl Cafe sadly lost its host, author and humourist Stuart McLean, after his death in February 2017.

First broadcast by CBC in 2015.

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First in a new series featuring Dave, owner of the Vinyl Café, the world's smallest record store.

Hosted by Stuart Mclean.

Getting ready for the first day of school, Morley makes a nasty discovery when she unearths last year's still-packed lunch bags.

First in a new series featuring Dave, owner of the Vinyl Café, the world's smallest record store. Hosted by Stuart McLean.

Getting ready for the first day of school, Morley makes a nasty discovery when she unearths last year's still-packed lunch bags. Episode 1 of 10.

0102Emil20050823 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Morley discovers that a local homeless tramp, Emil, has been stealing plants from her garden.

Morley discovers that a local street person, Emil, has been stealing plants from her garden.

Morley discovers that a local street person, Emil, has been stealing plants from her garden. Episode 2 of 5.

Morley discovers that a local homeless tramp, Emil, has been stealing plants from her garden. Episode 2 of 10.

0103The Cottage20050824 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Dave and his family spend a rainy week at a dilapidated rented cottage.

Dave and his family spend a rainy week at a dilapidated rented cottage. Episode 3 of 5.

Dave and his family spend a rainy week at a dilapidated rented cottage. Episode 3 of 10.

0104The Bare Truth20050825 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Dave and his neighbour and arch-nemesis, Mary Turlington, are both caught in embarrassing and compromising positions.

Dave and his neighbour and arch-nemesis, Mary Turlington, are both caught in embarrassing and compromising positions. Episode 4 of 5.

Dave and his neighbour and arch-nemesis, Mary Turlington, are both caught in embarrassing and compromising positions. Episode 4 of 10.

0105Steph's Date20050826 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Stephanie has a date for the school Valentine's Day dance.

Morley remembers her dating days and their attendant humiliations.

Morley remembers her own dating days and its attendant humiliations.

Stephanie has a date for the school Valentine's Day dance. Morley remembers her own dating days and its attendant humiliations. Episode 5 of 5.

Stephanie has a date for the school Valentine's Day dance. Morley remembers her own dating days and its attendant humiliations. Episode 5 of 10.

Stephanie has a date for the school Valentine's Day dance. Morley remembers her dating days and their attendant humiliations. Episode 5 of 10.

0106Blood Pressure Chair20050829 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Dave becomes obsessed with his health and gets his arm stuck in a blood pressure cuff at the local drugstore.

Dave becomes obsessed with his health and gets his arm stuck in a blood pressure cuff at the local drugstore. Episode 6 of 10.

0107Dorothy20050830 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Dave's eccentric 57-year-old cousin comes to visit. On a trip to Ottawa, she ends up travelling in someone else's boat trailer.

Dave's eccentric 57 year old English cousin comes to visit. Episode 7 of 10.

Dave's eccentric 57-year-old cousin comes to visit. On a trip to Ottawa, she ends up travelling in someone else's boat trailer. Episode 7 of 10.

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After starting a new health regime, Dave takes the dog's medication by mistake and finds he suddenly feels significantly better.

After starting a new health regime, Dave takes the dog's medication by mistake and finds he suddenly feels significantly better. Episode 8 of 10.

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Worried that the family dog, Arthur, is being spoilt, Dave tries to impose new rules, which include Arthur sleeping outdoors.

Worried that the family dog, Arthur, is being overindulged, Dave attempts to impose a new animal protocol on the household.

Worried that the family dog, Arthur, is being overindulged, Dave attempts to impose a new animal protocol on the household. Episode 9 of 10.

Worried that the family dog, Arthur, is being spoilt, Dave tries to impose new rules, which include Arthur sleeping outdoors. Episode 9 of 10.

0110 LASTSchool Days20050902 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Morley fails to create a happy memory for Sam by scattering coins in the school yard, so Dave fills it with live frogs.

Dave decides to fill the school playground with live frogs - with unpleasant results.

Morley fails to create a happy memory for Sam by scattering coins in the school yard, so Dave fills it with live frogs. Episode 10 of 10.

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Dave harks back to the early days of his marriage when he took Morley to Holland, so she could skate on the canal.

Dave harks back to the early days of his marriage when he took Morley to Holland, so she could skate on the canal. Episode 1 of 10.

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When Dave's neighbours tell him the details of their child's birth, he is reminded of Morley's pregnancy with Stephanie.

When Dave's neighbours tell him the details of their child's birth, Dave is reminded of Morley's pregnancy with Stephanie.

When Dave's neighbours tell him the details of their child's birth, he is reminded of Morley's pregnancy with Stephanie. Episode 2 of 10.

When Dave's neighbours tell him the details of their child's birth, Dave is reminded of Morley's pregnancy with Stephanie. Episode 2 of 10.

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0203Cat In The Car20051214 (BBC7)
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Dave and his family inadvertently set off on a road trip with their newly adopted cat, Galway, trapped in the boot of the car.

Dave and his family inadvertently set off on a road trip with their newly adopted cat, Galway, trapped in the trunk of the car.

Dave and his family inadvertently set off on a road trip with their newly adopted cat, Galway, trapped in the boot of the car. Episode 3 of 10.

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Dave discovers a small plant growing on the floor of his car and goes to extraordinary lengths to keep the seedling alive.

Dave discovers a small plant growing on the floor of his car and goes to extraordinary lengths to keep the seedling alive. Episode 4 of 10.

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When a rare bird, a Summer Tanager, arrives in Dave's back yard, his family's home becomes a mecca for bird enthusiasts.

When a rare bird, a Summer Tanager, arrives in Dave's back yard, his family's home becomes a mecca for bird enthusiasts. Episode 5 of 10.

0206The Fly20051219 BT=1145 (BBC7)
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Dave is sure he has swallowed a fly and goes to extreme measures to flush the disease-ridden pest from his lungs.

Dave is sure he has swallowed a fly and goes to extreme measures to flush the disease-ridden pest from his lungs. Episode 6 of 10.

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Morley's chance comment about a new outlet for the toaster sends Dave and his neighbours on a misguided frenzy of renovation.

Morleys chance comment about a new outlet for the toaster sends Dave on a misguided frenzy of renovations.

Morley's chance comment about a new outlet for the toaster sends Dave and his neighbours on a misguided frenzy of renovation. Episode 7 of 10.

0208Music Lessons20051221 (BBC7)
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When Morley must find a piano teacher for son Sam, her sister-in-law Annie tells Morley of her own musical past.

When Morley has to find a piano teacher for son Sam, her sister-in-law, Annie, tells Morley of her own musical past. Episode 8 of 10.

0209The Fig Tree20051222 (BBC7)
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Dave's elderly neighbours Eugene and Maria are in decline and Dave has to decide whether to alert their son Tony in England.

Dave's struggles to decide whether he should alert the son of elderly neighbours, Eugene and Maria, about their declining state.

Dave's elderly neighbours Eugene and Maria are in decline and Dave has to decide whether to alert their son Tony in England. Episode 9 of 10.

0210 LASTThe Book Club20051223 (BBC7)
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Morley joins a book club only to discover that with some people, reading can be a competitive sport.

The children are a little older and Morley joins a book club only to find that, for some, reading can be a competitive sport.

0301Postcards From Canada20061021 (BBC7)
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Stuart McLean reads snapshots of Canadian life as written by listeners.

Stuart McLean reads 'snapshots' of Canadian life as written by listeners and spins a few home-grown platters.

When a grade six teacher, Ms Terry, from Seattle, Washington contacted the Vinyl Cafe asking listeners to send postcards to her students, to help them learn more about Canada - she had no idea what to expect. Imagine how she felt on being inundated with thousands of letters from all across Canada! So sit back as Stuart Mclean shares some of his favourites.

First broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1994, the variety show Vinyl Cafe sadly lost its host, author and humourist Stuart McLean, after his death in February 2017.

First broadcast by CBC in 2006.

Canadians from coast to coast write about their homeland in postcards to American school children.

Stuart Mclean reads snapshots of Canadian life as written by listeners, and spins a few home-grown platters.

Stuart McLean reads snapshots of Canadian life as written by listeners, and spins a few home-grown platters. Episode 1 of 8.

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Stuart shares his thought on unwanted coffee mugs, the challenges of spelling and childhood lies.

Stuart shares his thoughts on unwanted coffee mugs, the challenges of spelling and childhood lies.

Canadian host Stuart Mclean shares his thoughts on unwanted coffee mugs, the challenges of spelling and childhood lies.

Stuart shares his thought on unwanted coffee mugs, the challenges of spelling and childhood lies. Episode 2 of 8.

Canadian host Stuart McLean shares his thoughts on unwanted coffee mugs, the challenges of spelling and childhood lies. Episode 2 of 8.

0303Children's Books20061104 BT=1200 (BBC7)
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Stuart discusses his favourite children's books and samples music performed by children.

Canadian host Stuart Mclean discusses his favourite children's books, and samples some music performed by youngsters.

Stuart discusses his favourite Children's Books, and samples music performed by children. Episode 3 of 8.

Canadian host Stuart McLean discusses his favourite children's books, and samples some music performed by youngsters. Episode 3 of 8.

0304Sam The Athlete20061111 BT=1200 (BBC7)
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Stuart tells the story of Sam's quest for athletic greatness, involving shoes...and a skirt. Special live edition.

A comedy drama featuring Dave, owner of the world's smallest record shop. Sam's quest for athletic greatness.

Stuart Mclean's in Ontario with more stories and music. Featuring one man's quest for athletic greatness - thanks to a skirt!

Stuart tells the story of Sam's quest for athletic greatness, involving shoes...and a skirt. Special live edition. Episode 4 of 8.

Stuart McLean's in Ontario with more stories and music. Featuring one man's quest for athletic greatness - thanks to a skirt! Episode 4 of 8.

A comedy drama featuring Dave, owner of the world's smallest record shop. Sam's quest for athletic greatness. Episode 4 of 8.

0305Steph In London20061118 BT=1200 (BBC7)
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Dave's daughter Stephanie visits Dorothy in London, and finds a family connection she never appreciated before.

Dave's daughter Stephanie visits cousin Dorothy in London, and finds a family connection she never appreciated before.

A comedy drama featuring Dave, owner of the world's smallest record shop.

Stephanie visits cousin Dorothy in London.

Canadian host Stuart Mclean hosts a concert show from Ontario.

All is revealed on Dave's daughter's trip to see her cousin.

Dave's daughter Stephanie visits Dorothy in London, and finds a family connection she never appreciated before. Episode 5 of 8.

Dave's daughter Stephanie visits cousin Dorothy in London, and finds a family connection she never appreciated before. Episode 5 of 8.

Canadian host Stuart McLean hosts a concert show from Ontario. All is revealed on Dave's daughter's trip to see her cousin. Episode 5 of 8.

A comedy drama featuring Dave, owner of the world's smallest record shop. Stephanie visits cousin Dorothy in London. Episode 5 of 8.

0306Sam's Predictions20061125 BT=1200 (BBC7)
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Stuart tells of how Sam's predictions start coming true.

Stuart Mclean hosts a concert show from Ontario. Featuring the tale of a burdened child, who thinks he has clairvoyant powers.

Stuart tells of how Sam's predictions start coming true. Episode 6 of 8.

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Stuart tells the story of the Dream Bunnies.

Canadian author Stuart Maclean regales a theatre audience in Ontario with tales of rabbits who live in the glove compartment.

Stuart tells the story of the Dream Bunnies. Episode 7 of 8.

Stuart Maclean with tales of rabbits who live in the glove compartment.

Stuart Maclean regales a theatre audience in Canada with tales of rabbits who live in the glove compartment.
From the Empire Theatre in Belleville, Ontario.
With John Sheard, Joe Grass, and Harmony Trowbridge.

First broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1994, the variety show Vinyl Cafe sadly lost its host, author and humourist Stuart McLean, after his death in February 2017.

First broadcast by CBC in 2007.

Canadian author Stuart Maclean regales a theatre audience in Ontario with tales of rabbits who live in the glove compartment. Episode 7 of 8.

0308 LASTThe Amusement Park20061209 BT=1200 (BBC7)
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Recorded at the Clark Theatre in British Columbia, Stuart is joined by Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan.

Recorded at the Clark Theatre in Mission, British Columbia, Stuart is joined by guests Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan.

Recorded at the Clark Theatre in British Columbia, Stuart is joined by guests Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan.

From the Clark Theatre in Mission, British Columbia, Stuart Mclean with music, guests and more tales - Dad Dave goes for a ride.

Recorded at the Clark Theatre in Mission, British Columbia, Stuart is joined by guests Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan. Episode 8 of 8.

Recorded at the Clark Theatre in British Columbia, Stuart is joined by Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan. Episode 8 of 8.

Recorded at the Clark Theatre in British Columbia, Stuart is joined by guests Reid Jamieson and Murray McLachlan. Episode 8 of 8.

From the Clark Theatre in Mission, British Columbia, Stuart McLean with music, guests and more tales - Dad Dave goes for a ride. Episode 8 of 8.