New EP and shows!

-Melanie Peterson-

Hoorah! I am proud to announce the release of the Plume Moth Orchestra EP “My Heart Is A Compass” featuring me on vocals! Listen HERE! (Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.)

Saturday May 27th I’m back at Castro’s Lounge! I’m excited to be playing at this intimate east end venue again with hunky Peter Collins on bass and Mitch Girio on guitar. We will be playing new songs, old songs, cover songs and a couple of tunes I will be releasing this summer on my new summer EP! Show time 9pm-11pm. RSVP HERE

I had an awesome time playing at Sauce on April 29th. I got great feedback from you all regarding the new tunes we debuted, a ton of gorgeous photo’s (thank you Bryan S!)  that I will upload as an album to my Facebook band page (LIKE PAGE HERE), and we PACKED THE PLACE (thank you!) which made Peter, Mitch and I feel like you guys really appreciate what we are up to musically 🙂 Hope they will invite us back!

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My new summer EP is coming soon, so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for being a friend and a fan. Enjoy May and remember you can get Anywhere From Here!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xo

 

Save the date – Saturday April 29th!

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Just wanted to let you know that on Saturday April 29th, Peter, Mitch and I are once again playing at one of the hippest little venues in the east end of Toronto,  Sauce on The Danforth , 1376 Danforth Avenue.  We are going to start folking things up at 4pm (it’s a matinee) and we wont stop until they kick us out at 7pm.  So start your afternoon right with a draft beer or even a fancy cocktail. It’s cocktail hour until 6pm!

For those who can’t make this show, we are also playing at Castro’s Lounge , 2116 Queen East, on Saturday May 27th. Same idea, just two sets instead of three and we start at 9pm. Can’t wait to see you!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

PS- we will busting out lots of new songs for you at these shows 🙂

 

 

Via Rail and Guinness Book of World Records!

 

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I’m back! Earlier this month I jumped on Via Rail and headed to the East Coast! I played my songs on the train, made many new friends and fans, stayed a couple days in St. John where I wrote a new song, then came back completely sold out of CD’s. Quite a successful and fun adventure.  17240662_10158342073055335_8396787109977443964_o

My semi-acoustic single “Sunshine” has been getting much radio play on the BBC and spins from a show called Folkal Point in Glasgow, not to mention many spins  on local Canadian folk-radio stations. Glad to be getting Sunshine out there!

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Tues March 28th! I am excited to be playing with Martin Obern on bass as part of the Epidemic Music Group’s 16 day 24 hour a day official attempt at The Guinness Book of World Records for the longest concert ever. I’ll be helping out by performing a 55 minute concert on Tuesday March 28th at 10pm at The Earl of Whitechurch Pub in Stouffville. Hope you can come check us out.  Only $5.00 at the door and all proceeds go to charity.

I’ve been writing up a storm and have more than enough material now for a new album.  Will be demoing a few of the songs this month and sitting down with producer Mitch Girio to come up with a plan for the new album. Before that comes though, I have an side project I did with Plume Moth Orchestra to share with you and also some remixes of tunes from Unbreakable and Anywhere From Here to pass on to you.

Thanks for being a friend and a fan!

Hugs a mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

THREE CONCERTS: Winterfolk next weekend!

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Hello Music Lovers,

Hunky Peter Collins and I will be performing three concerts in Toronto next Saturday Feb 18th and Sunday Feb 19th as part of the Winterfolk Festival, who are in their fifteenth year! You can find us at Dora Keoghs Sat Feb 18th hitting the stage at 9pm! And/or you can find us  at Mambo Lounge  also on Sat Feb 18th hitting the stage at 11pm! Or, if Sunday works better for you, you can find us at The Black Swan  hitting the stage in the afternoon at 4pm! More details here.

In other news, I’ve released a semi-acoustic version of my single “Sunshine”.  A positive song about the turmoil and imbalance a breakup can bring. I’ve been reaching out to radio, college radio, internet radio and bloggers with the tune and the response has been very encouraging! You can hear the track here and if you feel so inclined you can throw your support my way by downloading it for $1.00.

I’ll be getting more new music out to you this winter -4 songs I did as a side project with producer Mitch Girio, stay tuned!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xoxo

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Songwriter’s Circle at the Free Times and CP24 live interview and performance

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dear friends,

I returned yesterday from another 10 day silent retreat and I must say, I feel extremely refreshed.  I lived like a monk for 10 days, living off the charity of others, meditating for 10 hours a day. I enjoyed every moment of it, even my tiny quarters!

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The retreat center I went to is called the Ontario Vipassana Center and it is located in Minden, On. Just far enough away from the city to be ripe with fresh air and quiet! The meditation technique taught on the course is called Vipassana and has been handed down in pristine purity through the centuries. If you want to learn more about these 10 day silent retreats, please reach out to me. There are retreat centers all over the world!

There is nothing like ten days of silence and meditation to make you want to express your creativity! So I am happy to announce that this Friday night I will be part of a line up of talented Toronto artists and we will be singing our songs in order to help support the Yonge Street Mission Evergreen Youth Centre for Street-Involved Youth. This program has improved both individual lives and communities. Out of approximately 10,000 street-involved youth in this city, YSM Evergreen served 6500 youth in 2014-2015.

Bring new socks, new or (gently used) mitts, gloves, hats, to help YSM provide these items to street-involved youth, during the winter months.

Friday January 27th
Doors open 8:30 pm
Show starts at 9 pm
Free Times Café – 320 College Street, just west of Spadina at Major St.

$10 Cover, Free admission with Donation.

These folks will be sharing the bill with me:

Alison Jane

Kunle

Chris Birkett

Mitch Girio

Plus one or two special guests TBA.

Please RSVP HERE if you think you can make it, and do let me know if you need more deets! It’s going to be a great night of live music for a great cause! And I plan to sing one or two brand new tunes for you, songs that may very well end up on my next album.

We hope to see you there. Please share this with others, bring your friends, the more the merrier.

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And for those of you who missed my live performance and interview on CP24 in December, you can check it out HERE.

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That’s hunky Peter Collins on the left and Mitch Girio in the hat. What fun we had!

And for those who are not Toronto based and can’t make it to the show on Friday night, I will be sharing new music, a side project I’ve recently completed with producer Mitch Girio (seen above) very soon!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

 

My 2nd appearance on CP24!

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Hello friends!

Check out this awesome lyric video my 13 year old guitar/songwriting student Rita Riedstra made for Santa’s Sleigh! It’s pretty heartwarming to get this kind of support from a student. I hope you guys like it and feel free to share it if you feel so inclined.

Be sure to tune in to CP24 in Toronto Sunday, December 18th where I’ll be performing Santa’s Sleigh live with the amazing Mitch Girio on guitar and hunky Peter Collins on bass.

I’ll be back in 2017 with new music for you! Until then, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Single Release Party & New Video

 

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I hope that you are having an amayzing December so far.  Thanks to your support we packed the house at Castro’s last Saturday and the news is I will have the opportunity to play there again in the new year. The show wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without you there, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Single Release Party ~ December 10th at Sauce on the Danforth

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: On December 10th,  I am set to celebrate the digital release of my new single Santa’s Sleigh. Joining me is Mitch Girio on guitar and hunky Peter Collins on bass.

Please hold the date and rsvp HERE.

I am very proud of the single and can’t wait to share it with you live! Hope to see you there!

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NEW VIDEO ~ SANTA’S SLEIGH

Santa’s Sleigh is the first Christmas song I’ve written, recorded and released. This single was  produced by Juno and Polaris Music Prize award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer Chris Birkett at Revolution Recording in Toronto (with Peter Collins on bass and Pete Lambert on drums). The song follow’s my path of story driven songwriting and folk-pop melodies.

The video is simple, and totally me! Check it out on YouTube.

Listen to Santa’s Sleigh on Sound Cloud

Buy Santa’s Sleigh on iTunes or Bandcamp

Thank you for your continued love and support!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

PS-listen in tonight (Tues Dec 6) as we discuss the writing of holiday songs like Santa’s Sleigh and I debut my new tune “Sleep Over” live. 7 pm on CJRU 1280AM, or streamed at cjru.ca be sure to tweet us @songtalkradio  with questions or comments during the show and we’ll read them and reply in real time!!

Santa’s Sleigh is coming!

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Hello friends!

I’ve gone and done it! I’ve released my first ever holiday single and it’s out Monday!

Santa’s Sleigh” is an original song, written by me and produced by Chris Birkett. We wanted to give it the full Christmas treatment, and even added sleigh bells! The song is being added to many radio stations across Canada and the world, so keep an ear out, and let me know if you hear it!

More music coming early 2017,  a side project with producer Mitch Girio! More on that to come.

AND come say hi this Saturday Dec 3rd, I’ll be singing my heart out at Castro’s from 9pm-11pm and will certainly play the new holiday single, if you are curious to hear it!

Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

PS- I almost forgot to mention, Monday morning you can stream the track or purchase a high quality download for only a dollar HERE on Bandcamp.

You can also get all five of my releases and save 35%. Might make a nice gift to self, or to someone you know.

xo

 

Announcing “Santa’s Sleigh” upcoming holiday single release!

I am happy to announce the upcoming release of my holiday single called “Santa’s Sleigh”.  It’s an original holiday tune and you are the first to see the artwork!

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Photo by Nick Lim.

The song was produced by Chris Birkett (most well know for producing Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U) at Revolution Recording with Peter Collins on bass and Pete Lambert on drums.   I will send links to the single AND a video for the single in my next newsletter!

I was recently in Maynooth, playing a show at the delightful Arlington Hotel with Peter Collins on bass and Mitch Girio on guitar.  That show was the last of my tour dates for Anywhere From Here and quite a fun finale! https://www.instagram.com/p/BMvJzf0AmLA/?taken-by=the_arlington

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!  Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

PS- on the advice of a dear friend I have joined Patreon. If you like to become a patron for me, click HERE.

Introducing the new music video “Miss You Already”

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I released my new music video Miss You Already today and here is a brief story about it…

Miss You Already, the video, was my first video shoot outside of Toronto. I had a concert to perform at Mahtay in St. Catherines so Nick Lim (editor and cinematographer) and I decided to shoot a video as part of the experience.

You will see many familiar faces in the video (Mellie’s) as well as Lucky Pete Lambert on drums and Steve Clark on bass (filling in for the hunky Peter Collins).

WATCH HERE  

Recently, an on line resource center for grief and healing called ‘Love Lives On” complied an article titled “150 + Best Funeral Songs” and Miss You Already was featured in the “up and coming” artist section.  There is even a link where viewers can find my song and purchase it on my website. Cool.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Last but certainly not least, the 15th edition of Toronto’s Winterfolk festival will run from Feb 17-19, 2017, presenting top notch local roots music acts (including moi!) A preview fundraising concert will take place at The Free Times Cafe Sunday Oct 30th, featuring host Glen Hornblast and many top notch local roots music acts (including moi!) Hope to see you there!

MORE INFO HERE

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Thank you for your continued support! Hugs and mushy stuff!

 

Melanie Peterson