Vernon gets a visit from a familiar friend

Stuart McLean returns to the Performing Arts Centre Oct. 15 with two new stories from the Vinyl Café.

One of Canada’s favourite storytellers, Stuart McLean is returning to Vernon Oct. 15 with some familiar and new stories from his hit CBC Radio show, and subsequent books.

It has been a landmark year since the best selling author last visited Vernon in 2010.

His hit radio show, The Vinyl Café, is now heard by 1.3 million people each week. The show is now broadcast on close to 100 public radio stations in the U.S. and around the world on Sirius Satellite Radio and podcasts.

In January, Apple named The Vinyl Café the best audio podcast in their “Best of the Year” awards.

In addition to the popular Dave and Morley stories, 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.

McLean has sold more than one million books in Canada and this fall he is celebrating the release of his new collection of Dave and Morley stories: Revenge of the Vinyl Café.

This will be McLean’s 10th book.

His books, Home from the Vinyl Café (1998), Vinyl Café Unplugged (2000) and Secrets from the Vinyl Café (2006), have all received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The Vinyl Café Diaries (2003) was chosen as the best short story collection of the year by the Canadian Author’s Association.

October also marks the release date for McLean’s new CD collection: Christmas Pack. The four CD package is a collection of 13 of the best Vinyl Café Christmas stories.

One of McLean’s albums, Coast to Coast Story Service, has gone gold in Canada.

The Vinyl Café fall tour will feature two brand new Dave and Morley stories and live music by east-meets west master musician Harry Manx.

Tickets for the Oct. 15 show at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre are available at the Ticket Seller. Call 549-7469 or order online at