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North Country Public Radio to Host The Vinyl Café Christmas Show

Canton, NY, 9/26/08--Tickets are now on sale for The Vinyl Café Christmas Show with Stuart McLean, which will take place at the George Hall Auditorium in Ogdensburg, on Friday, December 19, at 7:30 pm. The special event is the finale of a yearlong celebration of North Country Public Radio's 40th anniversary. The live holiday show will feature McLean's stories for the season and special musical guests.

The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean is heard across Canada on CBC and in the U.S. on select public radio stations. The show is written and hosted by Stuart McLean and features stories, essays and music. The Vinyl Cafe stories are about Dave, owner of the second hand record store, Dave's wife Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie, and assorted friends and neighbors. The programs air on North Country Public Radio Sundays at 3 pm.

The live holiday show will feature McLean's stories for the season, as well as music by Russell deCarle, lead vocalist and bass player of the award-winning Canadian roots and country band Prairie Oyster. He has earned five Juno awards and numerous CCMA and Big Country Music Awards. DeCarle's unique vocal style and songwriting techniques have kept him at the forefront of Canadian country music. He has also been twice honored with the SOCAN's Song of the Year award.

Also appearing at the show will be the Ontario-based acoustic-folk group Dala. Sheila Carabine's and Amanda Walther's rich vocal harmonies, their sense of humor and their signature style have brought them many fans across Canada and beyond. Their single "Hockey Sweater" and their latest album, "Who Do You Think You Are" have earned them critical acclaim.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Stuart McLean's many fans to see him in person. The Vinyl Café live Christmas Shows are tremendously popular across our region and sell out every year, " said station program director Jackie Sauter. "We are thrilled to be bringing this show to the border community of Ogdensburg, so that Stuart's Canadian and American listeners can be a part of this very special event." Ogdensburg is located on the St. Lawrence River, on the U.S. side of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.

Tickets are $40 for adults, and $25 for students 18 and under. All seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, contact North Country Public Radio, 1-877-388-6277, or email "Tickets are selling very briskly for this show, so we urge everyone to reserve their seats soon," said Sauter. "We expect this event to sell out, and many people are purchasing tickets as holiday gifts."

Stuart McLean is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist. He began his broadcasting career making radio documentaries for CBC Radio's Sunday Morning, and spent seven years as a regular columnist and guest host on CBC's Morningside. His books Stories from the Vinyl Cafe, Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, Vinyl Cafe Diaries, Dave Cooks the Turkey and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe have all been Canadian bestsellers. Vinyl Cafe Diaries was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award in 2004. Stuart is also a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and, most recently, Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe. McLean is a professor emeritus at Ryerson University in Toronto and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism.

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