Honouring Stuart Mclean, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers

Intuitively I knew before Stuart Mclean passed away. It was a sad day for many. He was The Vinyl Cafe Storyteller. He was part of our lives for many years. When he spoke, it was as though he was an intimate friend.

He had a “gift”, the ability to bring his characters to life. We looked forward to hearing his weekly stories. Am grateful we were able to see a live performance. Thank-ful that we have many of his books, and CDs so that “he” is still with us when we go on a roadtrip. Have started gifting his books to friends in other countries so they may enjoy his storytelling.

When the news of his death was publicly announced. I personally was overcome by grief. Never before having experienced that type of reaction to a public figure whom I had never personally met. Yet it was as though I knew him.

He passed away February 15, 2017.

Grateful to CBC Radio for honouring Stuart by airing his final show which took place in Thunder Bay, Ontario, November 22nd, 2015.

Thank-you to Producer Jess Milton, Vinyl Cafe Producer for letting me know via email, the dates the show will be airing in December.


Sunday, December 17th, 12 noon.

Tuesday, December 19th, 11 p.m.

Thursday, December 21st, 1 p.m.

All (local time), half an hour later in NFLD.

Featuring holiday music by the Once and the Vinyl Cafe Orchestra includes “The Christmas Card”, a new Dave and Morley Christmas Story.

Stuart Mclean


The Stuart Mclean Archives at McMaster University.

The archive is 100 boxes.


  • manuscripts
  • books
  • correspondence
  • photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Set pieces from live Vinyl Cafe performances

Stuart donated his papers to Mcmaster before his death.

Including personal correspondence with Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat, Timothy Findley, Ken Dryden, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and cartoonist Lynne Johnston, among many others and hundreds of original manuscripts, such as “Dave Cooks the Turkey,” along with handwritten notes.

Jess Milton, Producer

Stuart Mclean April 19, 1948 – February 15, 2017. Canadian radio broadcaster, humorist, monologist, and author, best known as the host of the CBC Radio program The Vinyl Cafe.

Am able to again listen to his stories without crying, although I find my eyes tearing up with laughter.

He was curious about people. He was able to connect. When observing others enjoying his storytelling, you would see the wonder and joy in their eyes. When we listen to his stories we too are filled with that wonder. How he was able to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Life Lesson.


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2 thoughts on “Honouring Stuart Mclean, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers

  1. Vanessa McLaughlin

    You and Michael introduced me to the storyteller Stuart McLean. He was a truly gifted man. I haven’t had a chance to listen to many stories. I have to make more of an effort. I need to get a small CD player.

    1. todallychris Post author

      Hello Vanessa,
      Stuart was a Canadian treasure. His stories will live on in our hearts, and through books, and audio. So grateful that CBC will be honouring him. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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