Storms Don’t Last Forever

PHOTO OF THE MONTH by ANJLI CHAUJAR

Dear friends,

I know these are scary times. But as an artist who has been turning to her writing, instead of the media, I am optimistic that the world will sort itself out and find solutions soon, and in the meantime I believe we are all growing closer emotionally, if not literally, as we go through this pandemic together.

I am writing today with the hope that by Saturday, April 4th, the necessity for social distancing will be on it’s way out and you will be as eager as I am for an afternoon of live music! If that turns out to be the case (fingers AND toes crossed) here are the details:

WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH 4-7PM (A MATINEE!)

WHERE: SAUCE ON THE DANFORTH (1376 DANFORTH AVENUE)

HOW MUCH: NO COVER, BUT TIP JAR PROVIDED (LARGE TIPS ENCOURAGED WINK WINK)

WHAT: THREE SETS OF ORIGINAL MUSIC WITH A FEW COVERS THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE

WHY: BECAUSE WE LOVE LIVE MUSIC!

And remember- we will get through this crisis, as humanity has always done in the past. Storms don’t last forever. In the meantime, please take care of yourself, and others. And I hope we get to see each other on Saturday, April 4th!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

 

#Winterfolk 2020!

PHOTO OF THE MONTH:

At the Dakota Tavern. Pic by Bryan Sukdeo.

 

What do I love about winter 2020? The opportunity to return to, and perform at,  Winterfolk 2020 this weekend!

Poster by VK Artists Promotions

I’ve got a show Fri Feb 21 at 7pm at The Tranzac Club in the Southern Cross Room with Tony Quarrington accompanying me on guitar (clink link HERE for more details and to RSVP), and there are also three other opportunities to catch me performing, as listed on the flyer below.  Winterfolk has dozens of artists, so you can always catch more than one artist, in more than one venue, if you feel so inclined! Check out the schedule and pick up your wristbands HERE. Tickets also available at the door.

Winterfolk 2020 performances

Hope to see a few of your gorgeous faces this weekend!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

PS-SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 24th, EP release party at The Burdock Music Hall!!

 

 

Happy 2020 and my return to The Dakota Tavern Saturday Jan 25th!

PHOTO OF THE MONTH:

     Live at Sauce. Photo by Thomas Anthony.

Happy New Year! I hope the new year and decade has begun beautifully for you. My goal this year is to consistently remember that I must do everything I do for the good of others. Sounds simple. But I sometimes forget. How about you?

What is ahead for me in 2020 so far? I’ll be playing my first festival of the year, Winterfolk Festival, at the end of February (yay!) and I’ll be releasing my new EP in May! My first show of 2020 is a full band show (!!) this Saturday, Jan 25th at the legendary Dakota Tavern 7-9pm with special guest Paul Cafcae doing an opening set at 7pm. Really hope you can make this one, I’ll be playing some of my new album tunes with the band so you can get an idea of how they will sound fully realized. For more details and to RSVP click HERE 

 

Thanks so much for your love and support! Until we meet again!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Come celebrate the end of the decade with me!

I’ve enjoyed every single show I’ve played over the last 10 years and it’s time for my last show of the decade! I’ve got hunky Peter Collins on bass and mighty Mitch Girio on guitar for you Saturday Dec. 28th and we intend to play 3 sets of your favorite Melanie Peterson tunes from Anywhere From Here, Unbreakable, Two and even treat you to a few of the new songs from my upcoming release!

DETAILS:

Melanie Peterson live at Sauce on the Danforth

Saturday Dec 28th, 2019 – 4pm-7pm (matinee show)

1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto

No cover, tip jar for musicians provided.

CHECK OUT FB EVENT DETAILS,DISCUSSION & RSVP HERE

Here’s what else I’ve been up to:

Released my holiday single on Nov 29th!

Celebrated the release with a show at the Free Times Cafe and we even got to share the stage with my dear friend Angela Saini!

Was invited to do an interview and live performance of “Christmas Breaks My Heart” on What She Said!

Hit the studio with producer Mitch Girio to oversee the laying down of drum (Mark Mariash), bass (Peter Collins) and string tracks for the first 6 songs off my new album. Also pictured here: engineer Luke Schindler.

Click HERE if you haven’t seen all the pics from the single release party at Free Times Cafe yet!

I’ll look forward to seeing many of your beautiful faces at Saturday’s show at Sauce on the Danforth. Meantime, may your holiday season be joyous and blessed!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

Melanie Peterson “Christmas Breaks My Heart” single release party Friday Nov 29, 2019

Come celebrate with me and special musical guests Angela Saini and Matt Gerber at The Free Times Cafe in Toronto!

Friday, November 29th, 2019 I will be releasing my original holiday single “Christmas Breaks My Heart” on all digital platforms!

Doors open at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10 at the door

RSVP and more details HERE

About the song:

“Melanie Peterson (who, in August 2019, played the role of Susan Lopez in an episode of Amazon Prime’s new superhero series, The Boys) states, “Writing a Christmas song that actually becomes a classic seems impossible, but I keep trying. What inspired the song? To me, there is more than one side to Christmas. There’s the whimsical, childlike, magical side and then there is a melancholy, lonelier side. I was really drawn to and excited to write a sad Christmas song about someone who was facing Christmas with a broken heart. I strangely enjoyed tapping into the loneliness and sadness someone can feel when spending Christmas alone.”

“Christmas Breaks My Heart” was produced, engineered and mixed by legendary, multiple Juno Award and Polaris Prize-winning Canadian producer and musician Michael Wojewoda in Toronto (Rheostatics, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Jerry Cans, Amelia Curran, Barenaked Ladies’ and many more). Peterson wrote the song, sang lead vocals and played acoustic guitar on the song, and Wojewoda arranged the song, played drums, bass, keys, electric guitars and shared-in on backing vocals.”

I hope I’ll have the pleasure of seeing you at the show! Hunky Peter Collins, mighty Mitch Girio and I are super excited to share the live version of the song with you!  Please feel free to reach out if you need any more details 🙂

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Artwork by Bri-Anne Swan

Upcoming Shows and New Lyric Video (for your eyes only)

I hope October was fantabulous for you! Temperatures are dropping, but the beautiful colors that surround us this time of year make the extra layer of clothing doable!

As a  member of my mailing list (membership must have it’s privileges!) I wanted you to be the first to see the official lyric video for my new holiday single “Christmas Breaks My Heart”. The video was created by a UK animator and the song itself was written by moi and produce by Juno award winning producer Michael Wojewoda (previously of the Rheostatics). You can watch the video here: PRIVATE LINK 

To me, there has always been more than one side to Christmas. There’s the whimsical, childlike, magical side and thethere is a melancholy, lonelier side. I strangely enjoy tapping into the loneliness and sadness someone can feel when spending Christmas alone.

I’m looking forward to playing the Cross Currents Cafe in Bolton this Friday night and then there is my holiday single release party at the Free Times Cafe on Fri Nov 29th! I hope you will save the date. I’ve got Matt Gerber and Angela Saini playing opening sets, so it will be an entertaining night of live music, a few holiday songs and a celebration of the release of “Christmas Breaks My Heart” which will be available on all digital platforms that very same day. Can’t wait.

Thanks for being a friend and fan! Please feel free to let me know what you think of the song. You know I love hearing from you!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

photo by James Dean

We Got This!

Dear friends,

I hope you enjoyed your summer!

I’ve finally finalized my 12 song choices for the new album and the album name! We Got This. It’s officially official!

 

The title comes from one of the songs I wrote for the new album and really sums up the entire album which is a journey from heart break to real lasting love. Warts and all. This album will be almost 3 years in the making when I release it in 2020 and I can’t wait to share it with you!

There is still time for you to be part of it! There are eight days left to contribute to my IndieGOGO crowdfunding campaign. With your contribution you can choose from house concerts, t-shirts, handwritten lyrics or get postcards from me on tour. Check it out before it’s too late and help me reach the finish line to start recording my third full length album. All contributors will get the record long before anyone else, not to mention my undying gratitude. Just CLICK HERE

I can’t wait for you to hear the new songs! Thanks for being a friend and a fan. You are helping me reach the next level just by being here, and I hope I can return the favor by releasing an album you love.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

 

Off To A Great Start and Everybody Makes The Cut!

Dear friends,

As some of you know, last week I launched my Indiegogo New Album funding campaign! And guess what? We’ve raised 15% thanks to many of you! So far so good! Thanks to those who have supported the campaign and believe in this new album! I could not have gotten this far without you.

Behind the scenes we are making decisions regarding what songs exactly will be on the album, and who will play on each song. There is a good chance we will have string arrangements on many of the songs, but not all of them. Drums on most. But not all. These are the kinds of things we are thinking about now.

If you want to help make this album happen, but need a little extra nudge, there is this: anyone who contributes before Sept 1 will be invited to a listening party at our apartment in November, with margaritas and Peter’s famous hummus, where we will play through all the songs on the album, in acoustic form. If that appeals to you, donate HERE!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at melanieacts@hotmail.com, anytime.

In other news: I’ll be hosting the open stage at The Cut On Queen this Wednesday August 28th. Sign up is at 7pm for those who want to play. Show starts with a short set from me at 8pm. Hope you’ll come out for a night of exciting original music at The Cut where everybody makes the cut.

Hugs and mushy stuff.

Melanie

PS- here are a few photo’s of hunky Peter Collins and I playing on the Via Rail earlier this month, thanks to their Artists On Board Program, we played our way to Halifax and back.

Exciting news: We Got This!

Hello dear friends!

I have some exciting news to share with you!

It’s here! My indiegogo new album fundraising campaign is LAUNCHED and ready for all of you to check out! I’d love it if you would join me on my journey to record and release this new album! CHECK IT OUT HERE

If you’ve never heard of indiegogo, I’ve created a video to tell you more about it and about my campaign. WATCH IT HERE.

I decided it was time to record a new album because so many of you have been asking me to do just that. So thank you so much for your interest and for gently nudging me towards this third album. It really means so much. I took a year to write the songs for the new album. I wrote over 20 new songs and producer Mitch Girio and I, with the help of a few of you, have since narrowed it down to 12 songs. And now I’m super excited to get into the studio and record them. But in order to make this dream a reality, I need your help! Which is why I have launched this crowd funding campaign.

Contribute to my campaign and you will be supporting and enabling the recording of my new album! Please evaluate the campaign closely and contribute at a level you can afford and choose a reward that excites you! This will provide an exclusive experience for you and the opportunity for me to get into the studio to record 12 brand new songs for you! And if you feel inspired to contribute more than once, feel free! And if you share this campaign on your social media, that would help me out enormously. This first week is the most important and any help creating awareness would be SO appreciated!

Crowd funding is a commonly used practice utilized by thousands of musicians and supported by millions of backers over the years. You can contribute as little as $10.00 for a high quality digital download of the new album delivered directly to your inbox months before the album is officially released, or as much as $1000.00 for the executive package and the chance to receive executive producer credit on the album and weigh in on a the big decisions (song order, album cover, singles… you get the idea) not to mention VIP treatment at the album release party! I put a lot of thought into my campaign rewards, and had so much fun in coming up with rewards that might interest you. There are lots of perks to choose from, something for everyone!  And having contributed to the campaign you’ll be among the very first to hear the new album! Basically, you are doing today what a record label would have done in the past, enabling me to make, market and tour this new album. I literally could not do this without you.

Contribute HERE today, and you will receive a demo of my new song and the first single from the new album: “Damaged Goods”.

Thank you in advance for your endless support. It means so much!

#WeGotThis

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

July show and new video!

It’s July (!!) and I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and birdsong! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the house concert last month at Paul and Jen’s. If you missed it, never fear, there are more good times ahead! And bear in mind, no matter where you are in the world, if you’d like me to come to your house and play a house concert, we can make that happen. I’d like to tour far and wide in 2020. So be in touch.

I’m ready for my close up! A new video of “We Got This” shot by the fabulous Mitch Giro. Watch HERE. Let me know if you like it by leaving a comment below the video. It would mean so much to me to hear from you. And if you want to stay in the loop subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of the new music videos on the way, just for you!

I’m so thrilled to be returning to Relish, at their new location 511 Danforth Ave in Toronto, Thursday July 25th with Peter Collins on bass and Mitch Girio on guitar. It’s going to be a great night of live music and tapas! And yes, I will be playing a few of my brand new songs,  for those of you who would like to hear a few of the songs in consideration for the new album. (!!)

Check out the facebook event HERE for more details about the show and to RSVP. I’d love to see you there!

Thank you for all your continued love and support.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson