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

Shzohs!

Hi everybody,

Happy June! I’ve got two shows coming up this month! A nice early show at a massive venue this Sunday June 9th and an intimate house concert on Saturday June 22nd.

Sunday, June 9
The Rockpile  (5555 Dundas St W)
Sarah Jordan/Matt Von+Melanie Frade+Angela Saini + Melanie Peterson + headliner: Carl Dixon (previously of The Guess Who)
Show at 2pm 
$12 – EACH TICKET GETS THE CHANCE TO WIN A GUITAR FROM LONG & McQUADE!
Advanced Tickets click HERE
Facebook Event click HERE
Saturday, June 22
Queen & Roncesvalles  
Melanie Peterson accompanied by Paul T (cajon) and Jennifer Wakefield (backing voxs)
Doors at 7:30pm Show 8PM
$20 – IN ADVANCE ONLY SNACKS AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED BYOB
Tickets email melanieacts@hotmail.com
Facebook Event click HERE
Hope to see you this June!
Hugs and mushy stuff,
Melanie Peterson

I’m so excited!

 

Hi friends!

As some of you already know, I’ve had the distinct honor of being invited, for the very first time, to play the legendary Dakota Tavern! An extremely wonderful personal benchmark in my musical career.

I am super excited to share songs from my first two albums and various EPs as well as songs for my upcoming new album, songs which I am nothing but proud of, on Saturday May 11th, 2019 7-9pm.

Accompanying me during this all ages evening of original folk-pop music will be hunky Peter Collins on bass, Mitch Girio on a guitar(s) and Lucky Pete Lambert will join us on percussion, and dazzle us with his velvety voice on backing vocals.

It goes without saying, I’d love to share this unforgettable moment with someone like YOU who loves my music enough to open my newsletter. *grateful*

The show is being sponsored by Eden Grove Cider and Lighter Up Lager which will be featured at $5 during the show. And there will be free samples before and during the show. Who doesn’t like free samples? Doors open at 6, show at 7pm.

Click HERE to enjoy an early Saturday evening of amazing music and also to celebrate one of my biggest nights so far at one of Toronto’s best music venues!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie x

PS-there will be a FREE coaster sized Melanie Peterson sticker, to do with as you will, for anyone who mentions to Marisa at the merch table that you are on my mailing list.

PPS- for those out of town folks who can’t make the show, but still want a sticker, I’ll hook you up. Just shoot me an email or reach out to me on my Facebook music page HERE  

First Spring Show!

“Bed In” photo in the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Room at the Fairmont Hotel in Montreal. 

Wishing you all a peaceful spring, in advance! 🙂

I am excited to play my first show of Spring 2019 on Saturday March 30th! It will be an intimate house concert. It’s $20 to reserve your seat in advance (and to reveal the location!) Mitch, Peter and I hit the “stage” at 7pm. I have some new songs to share with you, as well as many of your favs from my first two albums and various EPs. There will be snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided, but feel free to BYOB.

HERE is a special video of “What You’re Selling” shot by the talented Mitch Girio who captured the intimacy of the lyrics and music of the song through the use of close ups.

Thank you for being part of my musical journey. I could not do this without you, and wouldn’t want to. I spent most of 2018 writing and therefore I have so much new music coming in 2019/2020 and you will be the first to hear it! Plus there is another remix EP in the works! Refresher Vol. 3!

Have an amazing spring and I hope to see a few of you at the upcoming house concert. It’s going to be lots of fun, no doubt about it! Feel free to email me directly at melanieacts@hotmail.com for more information and to grab your ticket(s).

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

Photo by Morton Fog

Photo by Morton Fog

on line concert cancelled

Hi friends,

Well they made it seem so simple, setting up an on line concert at Concert Window. But I will have to cancel due to technical difficulties. I will get this sorted and be in touch when I do.

Sorry for any inconvenience. I was so looking forward to connecting with you.

Hugs and mushy stuff.

Melanie

Wanted: Eyeballs and Clicks

Dear friends,

I will be doing a live broadcast on Concert Window which starts at 7:00pm EST this Thursday February 7. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in, listen and comment! It will happen HERE Hope you can join me. It should be lot’s of fun!

Also, I am taking part in the CBC Searchlight contest, a place to find some amazing music, including my tune: Been So Long. Please give “Been So Long” a listen if you’ve yet to hear it, and vote daily if you feel inspired to give me a leg up in this contest. I will be forever in your debt. (as if I am not already) Click HERE and search Melanie Peterson in artist entries. Cast your vote and then book mark the page so you can hit it daily. Voting ends Feb 26th.
Thanks so much, and hope to chat with you on Thursday at my concert window concert!
Hugs and mushy stuff,
Melanie

First show of the New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are gearing up for this exciting year ahead! Astrologically speaking it will certainly be a more productive year than 2018 was for most of us, and I for one am looking forward to sharing many creative projects with you in 2019. And I’d like to kick things off with my first performance of the new year!

On Friday Jan 11th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, I will play a PWYC event including one set of all your favorite MP songs and one set of songs in consideration for the new album (!) at Toronto’s 120 Diner on Church Street. Peter Collins and Mitch Girio, who’s work you know well from my previous performances, will be joining me on stage. I’ll talk about the new songs and give you a chance to let me know what you think too. (this new album will consist of songs that you chose) To reserve your table call: (416)792-7725.

Please come, I’d really love to see you!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

PS- here is the link to the FB event with more deets and where you can RSVP if you feel so inclined 🙂

Sending a holiday song!

Happy Holidays to you! Wishing you all the best and a very happy and healthy New Year!

 

                     Cover Art by Mitch Girio

Click HERE to hear song.

 

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson