RIP Stuart McLean, and may The Vinyl Cafe live on

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Yesterday news shot across the country that a beloved and famous writer, radio show host and story-teller, Stuart McLean, passed away from cancer at age 68.

Not only was “The Vinyl Cafe” (his story-telling radio show on air for 22 years) a Canadian-wide loved show, but he also published multiple books. There’s never been anything like his radio show, nor ever will there be, I’ve no doubt. His captivating stories were somewhat tranquilizing in his soothing tone of voice. He had a way with humour and tugging at one’s heart strings. Listing to Vinyl Cafe, I often found myself laughing one minute, and the next my eyes brimming with tears.

Here is a link to his podcasts. If you’re not Canadian and have never heard of Stuart McLean, or if you are Canadian and for some reason have missed out entirely on his work, take some time tonight and choose a story from The Vinyl Cafe, sit back with a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy!

Requiem æternam dona ei Domine; et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

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