“Been So Long” in CBC Searchlight Contest

CBC SEARCHLIGHT CONTEST

I am super excited to share some news with you. I’ve entered my latest single “Been So Long” into the CBC Searchlight Contest!

You can vote for my song by clicking HERE and typing my name into the search bar.

PS-You can cast your vote daily until the end of the month. Thank you so much for believing in me. And feel free to pass it on!

Till we meet again.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

 

3 opportunities in February

Dear friends,

A note to let you know of three exciting opportunities to hear me sing this week!

Valentine’s Night – I love this show for you because there is no cover (tips are welcome, and CDs will be available for sale a signing) and because it is reminiscent of my via rail experiences. A small, long room, designed for relaxing in comfort, with me perched somewhere, guitar in my arms, totally unplugged,  singing you my songs, just the way I wrote them. And throwing in a few cover songs you might recognize that you can sing along too, if you like. You can bring your main squeeze, or come on your own. Love might be on the way, so, if you are single, come socialize! I will be singing two sets, one at 8pm and one at 9pm. Come after dinner and enjoy a musical desert! Or come with an appetite and enjoy the new hummus feature on the menu (Peter’s famous hummus!) oysters and sparkling wine that will be available.  Or the yummy cheese plate. This venue is at 2220 Queen East, very close to my new digs, and the owner, Krista Pollet, is a dream. If you’ve never been, or if it’s been awhile,  come and check out Corks and Platters on Queen East. More deets and RSVP HERE.

And I’ve got two shows at Winterfolk this week: Sat Feb 17th I will be at Terri O’s (185 Danforth). This is my first time playing at this venue on the Danforth, and I have heard wonderful things, and the interesting bit is, my set is at 3pm! I’ll be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass. You can come to the show after enjoying a delicious lunch on the Danforth, pick up a wristband at the door and check out all the amazying folk acts that are available to listen to over this weekend of folk music on the Danforth in Toronto. Click HERE for the Winterfolk schedule/more info about the festival. Click HERE for more deets and to RSVP for my Saturday afternoon show at Terri O’s.

The next day, on Sunday Feb 18th I’ll be playing in a song-circle at 8pm at Globe Bistro (2nd floor 124 Danforth). I’ll be sharing my original songs and stories alongside these two talented songwriters: Laura Fernadez and Linda Saslove. The show is called Ladies Night and will be hosted by songwriter David McLachlan. It’s been a while since I’ve done a song-circle (we take turns playing songs) and I’m very excited about this one. This is a great chance to sample 3 songwriters at once. Click HERE to RSVP and for more information.

Beyond that, I’m writing up a storm, and look forward to sharing new music, and offering you t-shirts at my shows, very soon! If you’d be interested in an online concert (for those of you not based in Toronto) I’m thinking about doing one of those in the spring/summer for you, so stay tuned.

Thanks for being a friend and a fan.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Relish Wednesday Night!

Happy February everyone!

I hope you can join me this Wednesday night (Feb 7th @ 7pm) at Relish Bar and Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto. Hunky Peter Collins and I are ready to folk you up with a set of original, feel good, folk/pop tunes, designed to ease you over hump day.  Followed by a set from Andrea Nixon who is on her way from Edmonton to Toronto, as you read this, to perform for YOU songs from her very special new album ‘Diary Of A Housewife’.

The music begins at 7pm and finishes at 9pm. Kitchen is open until 10pm (yummy tapas menu!!) and it’s a Pass The Hat show. Looking forward to having an adult beverage with everyone who can make it!! And why not RSVP to let me know to expect you? Just follow the link HERE

Hugs and mushy stuff forever,

Melanie Peterson

PS- follow me HERE more music coming very soon!

Melanie Peterson trio at Relish Friday night, singing the songs that make us proud!

I’ll be performing with my incredible trio Friday, January 12 at Relish Bar and Grill on the Danforth in Toronto. It’s an early show (7pm-9pm)! We will be performing songs from my debut album, sophomore album and recent EPs as well as new material we are proud to share! My trio consists of this tsunami of talent: hunky Peter Collins on bass and Mitch Girio on guitar. Don’t miss it! I’ll be using the rest of January to continue writing, so this will be my last Toronto date in January. It’s a PWYC show so RSVP ASAP here.

Till we meet again!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Saturday, please come sooner!

My first show of 2018!  Castro’s Lounge is an intimate bar in the Beach area of East Toronto.  There isn’t a bad seat in the house and the beer/wine selection is excellent! Joined by my good friend and guitarist Neil Murchison and hunky Peter Collins on bass I will be singing a selection of songs from my debut, sophomore album and EP such as….

-Cinema Girl

-Just The Right Amount of Wrong

-Unbreakable

-Been So Long

-Fallback Plan

-A Path Laid Out Like Gold

and more!!

It’s a PWYC show, so you wont have to trash your New Year’s resolution to spend less money going out! More details and RSVP HERE.

And if you are not able to make it to this special show, make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for video updates!

And/or consider hosting a house concert with me:

Happy New Year!!! I sincerely hope all your dreams for 2018 come true!!!

Until we meet again, hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Holiday single out now and final concert of 2017!

“When You Were Here” my new holiday single, is now available exclusively on Bandcamp! I’m so excited to share this song with you, written by me and produced by the ever brilliant Mitch Girio! The song is about the determination to enjoy the holiday season, even after a loved one has passed on (not your typical holiday song, agreed).  HERE is the link where you can hear the song and/or buy the track for $1.

BTW, thanks to Bandcamp,  you can buy my entire digital discography (8 releases-phew!) for $21.45 (35%off) which includes includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Refresher Vol. 1TwoSunshineSanta’s Sleigh,Anywhere From HereRead It On The Radio, and Unbreakable.

ALSO, I have my last show of 2017 coming up this December 20th at the Painted Lady! Neil Murchison will be accompanying me on guitar. I’m sharing the bill with my good friend Angela Saini and the talented Pale Criminal! Doors open at 9pm. I’m on at 9:30 sharp. If you are Toronto based (or there abouts) I hope you’ll come celebrate the holiday season with us after work Wednesday evening!

ON ANOTHER NOTE (pun intended), I’m currently in booking mode for house concerts! Please email me (address on above flyer) for details if you want to get a little closer to the music and impress your friends with a concert in your home!

Finally, I do have t-shirts in the works, and hope to share them with you in the new year! So exciting!

Love you lots.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

New EP and LAST Monday night at The Cameron House!

I am so excited to announce the release of my new EP! It is a remix of four of your favorite Melanie Peterson tunes, remixed with care by Mitch Girio. Here is the link to listen/download: REFRESHER VOL. 1 

Hope your November has been wonderful. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to play every Monday in November from 6pm-8pm with the full band at the legendary Cameron House. Our last show of this residency is this Monday Nov. 27.  Doors at 6pm, show starts at 6:15pm, but arrive early if you want to be sure to get a table.

We will be playing some of your favorite Melanie Peterson songs (yes, including Unbreakable) and many of the new songs I have written since my last Cameron House residency two year ago.

Stay tuned for news on my upcoming holiday single.  I’ve laid down the ghost track and will be in the studio this week to lay down a vocal track. Can’t wait for you to hear it!

Thanks so much for being a friend and a fan and, if you are Toronto based, or close by,  hope to see you at The Cameron House on Monday.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

The CLOCK is TICKING! Only two Mondays left!

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Dear Friends,

I have only two more Monday night full band performances at the legendary Cameron House where we will be playing two sets of songs from Unbreakable, Anywhere From Here, Two and also a handful of brand new songs.

The doors will be open at 6pm THIS Monday Nov 20 and Monday Nov 27 with the show starting at 6:15pm.  Do feel free to come by early for realistically priced adult beverages and to mingle with  fellow live music lovers, myself and the band.

Kindly remember to RSVP at the link below. You can also find out more info about the event at the link and comment to your heart’s content 🙂

RSVP LINK

If you have any further queries, please feel free to get in touch with me at melanieacts@hotmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

James Dean Photography

James Dean Photography

 

 

Tonight! Opening Night at The Cameron House!

I’m excited to announce and remind you that tonight is the opening night of my month long, every Monday in November, residency at The Cameron House!

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The band and I will be playing two 45 minute sets with hunky Peter Collins on bass, Mitch Girio on guitar and Lucky Pete Lambert will be playing the suitcase. Come check it out and start your week off right! It’s a pass the hat show, so no advance tickets necessary!

Stay tuned for news about a remix EP release of some of my earlier songs coming soon!

Thanks for being a friend and a fan, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the Cameron House.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

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Upcoming east AND west end shows!

Dear friends,

Three different venues to catch my show for Toronto folks (and those willing to travel to Toronto) in November!

  1. Every Monday in November (6pm-8pm) my band and I, who have been performing together since 2012, will be performing songs from my 2 full length albums & 2 EPs, as well as auditioning brand new songs for you at this weekly showcase taking place every Monday in November in the front room of the legendary Cameron House. Here are all the details:

Who: Melanie Peterson

What: An intimate two set performance with hunky Peter Collins (bass), Mitchell Girio (guitar) and Lucky Pete Lambert (suitcase).

Why: An opportunity to get the band back together on a weekly basis, and get back into the swing of playing together, in a casual way.

When: Monday November 6, 13, 20, 27! Doors 5:45  pm, show at 6 pm

Where: The Cameron House 408 Queen Street W @ Spadina

How Much: PWYC aka Pass The Hat

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(poster by Neil Murchison)

2) Saturday, November 11, I’ll be returning to my favorite Queen east venue Castro’s, a cute bar on the Queen 501 Streetcar line.

It’s for all you east end folks who prefer not to go to the west end of the city for your live music needs.

It’ll be the same two sets I’ll be doing at the Cameron House, and you can expect a cover or two throughout the evening in honor of Remembrance Day. Get your requests in now!

When: Friday, November 11. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm.

Where: Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. East, Toronto

How much: PWYC aka Pass The Hat

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(Photo by James Dean Photography)

3) Norm Tumak in conjunction with The Painted Lady has been running a series of “I Love Wednesday’s” events. The next on is on Wednesday November 22, and is a cool way to catch a set from me and other strong solo/duo/acoustic musical acts.

In addition to myself,  accomplished artist and singer/songwriter Arthur Renwick will take the stage.

Who: Yours truly, Arthur Renwick with another guest TBA

Where: The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave @ Dundas St. W, Toronto

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  9 pm -12:30 pm (my set 9:30 pm)

What: Great musical performances. Accompanied by realistically priced adult beverages. It doesn’t get any better.

How much: $10.00 at the door.

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(Pickering photo shoot with James Dean)

COMING SOONish (first shows of the new year – gasp!)

Saturday January 6: Castro’s Lounge 9 pm – 11 pm

Friday January 12:  Relish Bar and Grill  7 pm – 9 pm

Thanks for being a friend and a fan. Hope to see you at the shows!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

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(Photo credit: James Dean Photography)