What She Said ~ Interview and Live Performance!

I’m excited to share an interview/live performance where I talk new music with Christine Bentley and Kate Wheeler on What She Said (The Jewel Radio Network). Hunky Peter Collins joins me in the studio and, after being peppered with pertinent questions, we played a live, stripped down version of “Been So Long”. Listen in HERE.Live at The BeachHouseSAVE THE DATE! I’m excited to be invited back to The Beach House in Toronto to perform on Saturday, September 30th. I will be playing two 45 minute sets of my original music with Mitch Girio on guitar. We’ll be playing songs from Unbreakable, Anywhere From Here, Read It On The Radio and from my latest EP “Two”.  Haven’t heard it yet? Listen here on SPOTIFY.

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I am thrilled to announce my upcoming residency at The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West). I’ll be playing, with the full band, every Monday from 6-8pm in November… so swing by for some live music after work 🙂

Thanks for being a friend and a fan. I can’t wait to share my new tunes with you. Enjoy the beautiful weather and remember: you have to slow down to catch up.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

 

So far, so good

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It has been a great summer so far! And man, has it even been flying by! Now that “Two” has been released and is working its way to radio stations across Canada and beyond, I’ve had an opportunity to write again and it feels so good! **happy dance**

james dean 7 I have a few shows coming up this August, which I am excited about… I’ll be playing a mix of brand new tunes, tunes I’ve released on albums/ EPs and a few covers thrown in for good measure. **pun intended** Tonight (Thursday) hunky Peter Collins and I’ll be at Zaza Espresso Bar in Etobicoke (324 Scarlette Rd) from 8pm-11pm.  On August 18th I’ll be at the Avant Garde in Ottawa (135 1/2 Besserer St) Then I’ll be back at Castro’s here in Toronto (2116 Queen East) on Wednesday August 23rd (8-11pm).

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Lots of other exciting news, but you’ll have to come to a show and let me fill you in in person. It’s past my bedtime, so that’s all for now.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

xox

 

 

New EP & Show Dates

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My latest EP “Two” drops today.

“Two” is about two of the many sides of love. “Been So Long”: I’m falling in love, after so long without it.   And “Kiss Me Like You Mean It”: the honeymoon is over and I’m feeling neglected. Click HERE to watch the “Been So Long” video.

You can download/listen to the EP  today on your favorite digital platform.

You can also download/listen HERE on Bandcamp.

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I’ve got three shows this month and I’m super pumped about all three! I will be playing the new songs from “Two” and selling signed copies of the EP at each of these dates.

TONIGHT! July 14th at The Free Times Cafe 9pm show. I’ll be accompanied by Mitch Girio on guitar/bass and sharing the bill with my talented friends- see poster above for deets.

THIS JUST IN! July 21st at Coco Espresso Bar 9pm show. No cover. 29 Bellair Street Toronto. I’ll be accompanied by the hunky Peter Collins on bass.

JULY 26TH! My EP release party! Come help up celebrate the release of my new EP at this gorgeous outdoor, all ages venue! Advanced tickets HERE. Doors at 7pm. Show 7:30-9:30 with hunky Pete on bass and Mitch on guitar.

If you are Toronto based, I hope to see you at one of these shows! If you are not Toronto based, and you’d like me to mail you a signed copy of the new EP, please be in touch 🙂

Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

Been So Long!

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“Been So Long” lyric video from upcoming summer EP “Two” out now!

Hello friends!

It has been SO long! I’m excited to announce that I have a new song with lyric video for your listening/viewing pleasure out today called “Been So Long”! It is the lead track that will be part of a new EP available everywhere on July 14th! And I will have physical copies of the EP available at the EP release party (!!) July 26th which you are all invited to attend!

RSVP HERE

Meantime, I hope you enjoy this beautiful lyric video, and I hope the song makes you dance! Please share with your friends-my goal is to get 1000 views by the end of July!

WATCH HERE

Hugs and mushy stuff,

 

Melanie Peterson

The Painted Lady and Recording News!

I am happy to announce that I have been back in the studio, recording a new, two song, summer EP with producer Mitch Girio, and it won’t be long before you can hear it! The big news is we worked with strings, but not just violin like we did on the song Unbreakable, this time we brought in a cello, viola and violin player. We also worked with a new drummer: Mark Mariash, at a new studio: Union Sound Company. The songs are called “Been So Long” and “Kiss Me Like You Mean It”  and both are about love in it’s various summery incarnations.Mark MariashMark Mariash on drums. He’s played with Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean and Jeff Healey.  Among others.

Big thanks to The Painted Lady for inviting me back for a show THIS Saturday June 3rd! RSVP HERE, so we know to expect you!   I’m excited to return as a trio, with Jesse Tomas from Nova Scotia opening the show at 8pm. Come and have and adult beverage and hang with us: 8pm-10pm.

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That’s all for now, hugs and mushy stuff and enjoy the summer. Remember: You gotta slow down to catch up.

Love,

Melanie Peterson

 

 

New EP and shows!

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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!

Sauce On DanforthHello friends!

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