A Short(ish) And Happy Update From Melanie Peterson

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Hello! In light of all that has been going on career-wise lately, I thought I would take a moment to update you on the state of things now and my plans for the future.

First off, “Anywhere From Here” is now available on all digital platforms! Click HERE to purchase my new album on iTunes. And if you are feeling extremely digital, you can also find my debut album “Unbreakable” on iTunes and my first release ever: a 5 song EP called “After The Fall”.  “After The Fall” contains a song many people consider one of my best: “Rosetta”. Check it out 🙂

Next off, I will soon be releasing a new music video filmed by the glorious Nick Lim. The video is for my next single from the new album: “Good On Paper” and it is a little different, video wise,  from what Nick and I have created together in the past. Will give you a heads up as soon as it is released, but to be absolutely the first to hear about it, join me on my Facebook page. Click HERE.

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In other news, Peter and I booked a TD bank commercial! They wanted “real couples” so I dragged him along to the audition and we ended up booking the job, along with a few other couples. We had two awesome days on set shooting and have our fingers crossed it turns out well and we don’t look and sound like complete dorks. Either way, it was lovely to be on set with Peter and to look romantically into his eyes instead of into the eyes of some stranger “playing” my boyfriend.

My website got a face-lift!  Take a tour around, let me know if you like the new colour scheme and other changes. Check out my video’s and tour dates. (Would love to see you at my outdoor gig in August: The Plein Air Garden Concert. That will be a show not to miss!)

The new album has recently been getting spins on the BBC and in Glasgow! If you’d like to hear clips you can listen in at my sound-cloud page. I try to post as much cool stuff there as I can. Click HERE.

And  though I am sure there is more to tell, I will save it for another time, because I know you’re busy. But let me quickly mention Peter and I will being doing the Via Rail Artist On Board Program end of September/early October. We’ll play our way to Edmonton, thanks to Via Rail, pop off and play a couple shows there. Jump back on and head to Vancouver. Play a show or two in Vancouver, show Peter the ocean, and then head back. Apparently it’s 3 shows a day we will be playing for the Via Rail passengers, but this gets us free food, drinks and of course passage to and from Vancouver. Hopefully it will earn us a few more friend and fans while we are at it. Pretty excited. The last time I was on a train was when my Mom brought us to Ontario from Saskatchewan to “start over”.  And start over we did.

Enough about me.

Hope to see you soon!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

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Thinking Of You

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I miss you already (hmm, where have you heard that turn of phrase before??) and it’s not even been a month since you helped me celebrate the launch of my new album Anywhere From Here at The Piston here in Toronto! This is me saying a big THANK YOU to those of you who were able to make it out to the show to those of you who contributed to my Indie Go Go Campaign to help me raise funds for the album. I literally could not have done it without you.

It’s surreal to report that I am already onto the next project: a Christmas single, written by me and produced by the legendary Chris Birkett! He’s produced Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Sainte-Marie among many other big names and you might also remember him from last August at The Cameron House. He shared the stage with me every week for my four week residency at that historic venue.

Meantime,I wanted to let those of you who are interested/curious know that I have JUST posted live video’s from the CD release party on my YOUTUBE  channel. Check them out, like, share and feel free to subscribe if you’d like to keep an eye on what I’m doing visually. I’ve also added pix taken by the talented Quentin Thwaites  to my photo gallery here on the website. He really got a lot of killer shots!

And for those of a more auditory bent, have a listen to my interview with Allen Bell on his new music radio program on my SOUNDCLOUD page. You can subscribe and follow me there, if you are so inspired, as I post all interviews and new albums and sometimes park unreleased new songs there, just for you!

And a thank you to those of you who made it out 123 Ladies at Feathers last Saturday night, what a night! And what a pleasure to share the stage with Peter Collins, duo-style , like we used to do, back in the day, before we found our beloved band.

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Hugs and Mushy stuff!

Melanie

PS- thank you for all the great feedback regarding the new album, it means so much!! xox

 

Spring into Action–Head to Feather’s Sat Night

THE ONLY ALL FEMALE CONCERT SERIES IN THE BEACH!

It’s been a long winter, an it’s time to come out of hibernation! If you’ve been longing to hear live, original music, THIS Saturday April 9th is the night to make that happen. Come on down, for the free show, at Feathers Pub: 962 Kingston Road. Annie Bonsignore will open the show with her melodious songs at 9pm. I’ll hit the stage with Peter Collins at 10pm playing songs from both of my albums (and my new album will be available for sale at the show!) and the night will end with an 11pm set from alt-rocker Civil Wray (formerly known as Blue Venus).

Click HERE for more deets and please RSVP (this lets us know in advance who to expect and helps make the event look like THE place to be encouraging more folks to come join in the fun…of course, if you are not on facebook, never mind just come on out!)

 

See you there! Melanie xo

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For those of you who did not catch my CP24 interview and performance last weekend, I thought I’d share it with you HERE. Hope to see you at Feathers on SATURDAY April 9th for another installment of 123 Ladies!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

 

Melanie XO

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1,2,3 Ladies – April 9th

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I am so incredibly excited to part of the line up for 123Ladies – my first live performance since the CD release party. This show will take place at the authentic British Pub FEATHERS and will feature performances from myself, Annie Bonsignore and Civil Wray.

Each of us will be performing a 45 minute set of original music. The show starts at 9pm and word on the street is, if you are planning to come for dinner, come earlier as the service slows down slightly once the performances begin.

The best part is: there is no cover for this show.

This show runs one night only, so put on something fancy and come join us for a night of excellent live music, food and adult beverages!

The official details:

123 Ladies

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

@Feathers Pub

962 Kingston Road

Toronto, ON

Show starts: 9pm

No cover!

RSVP

I can hardly wait to see you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xo

PS: more info below

Spring is in the air and we’re celebrating with a fresh 1,2,3 Ladies show on Saturday April 9th, 2016 at The Feathers on 962 Kingston Road.

The only thing lovelier than the weather we’ve been having is the line-up we have in store for you. We’re welcoming back local artists Melanie Peterson and Civil Wray (of blueVenus fame) as well as South-African born Annie Bonsignore. These ladies are so talented that our last event was standing-room only, so make sure you arrive early if you want a seat!

We’ve got great music, great pub food and the only thing missing is you! The fun starts at 9 and it’s absolutely free. Hope to see you all there.

 

 

“Just The Right Amount of Wrong” Official Video Out Now!

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Melanie Peterson – Just The Right Amount of Wrong ~ Official Video

Hello music lovers,

I’m excited to share this new music video with you, shot in my very own living room (though watching the video, you would never know!) This video features myself, bassist Peter Collins and drummer “Lucky” Pete Lambert. I’ve always wanted to do a stripped down version of this tune, a version that allows the harmonies to shine. Check it out HERE.

For those of you in Toronto, I’m celebrating the launch of my new album ANYWHERE FROM HERE with a live performance of all the songs from the new album next Wednesday March 16th at The Piston! My special guest, opening the show at 8:30pm: Bri-anne Swan! There’s still room for you, if you want to come! Just click this link HERE for more details and to RSVP.

I’ll be busy this spring and summer touring my new album around Ontario. Stay tuned for details!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

 

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Album Art & Press Release

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Toronto singer, songwriter – referred to by BBC Radio as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” – launches her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto on March 16, and releases new video for the first single “Fallback Plan”

 

“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living.

 

Toronto, ON, February 22, 2016 Toronto singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson releases her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto (also available on iTunes March 16). Special guest opener is Toronto’s Bri-Anne Swan.

 

Peterson also launches her first single and video (track three) from the new CD titled “Fallback Plan”. T

VIDEO:https://youtu.be/w39T2-VnMJ4.

AUDIO:https://soundcloud.com/melanie-peterson/melanie-peterson-fallback-plan.

 

With Peterson’s guitar driven, optimistic love songs and lilting voice ‘Anywhere From Here’ continues to embrace her folk-pop influences.

 

WHO:Melanie Peterson and band members (all of whom performed on the new album); Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) and Peter Lambert (drums/violin/backing vocals).

 

WHERE:The Piston

 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2016; doors 8:00 p.m., opener 8:30 p.m., headliner 9:00 p.m.

 

HOW MUCH: $10.00 at the door. (Unless you donated to the album, in which case, as soon as you RSVP you will be added to the guest list at the door, plus one!)

 

ARTIST QUOTE:Melanie Peterson states, “Anywhere From Here isn’t just about music, it’s about knowing you can get anywhere from where you are, no matter where that is. I’m so excited for the CD release party! I feel like I’ve been waiting for centuries for this show. I’m so glad we’re at this point and people can celebrate with the band and I, as we play all the songs live and in the order they appear on the album.”

 

FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/924327417664323.

 

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called Girls Girls Girls at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012), and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase in June and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

 

MEDIA QUOTES:

 

“Melanie Peterson’s final performance at Sauce on the Danforth in Toronto for 2015 went out ‘like a Lion’. It was a free gig but it certainly came under the heading of ‘Bang for your Buck’. This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth.

 

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine.

“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album.  She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops too.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, May 2011.

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013.

“Unbreakable is a definite feel good album, and Melanie’s soft but not overly tender vocals lays out each song within the distinct genre form as the songs on Unbreakable range from Jazz, Pop, Folk and even a bit of Pop/Rock.” ~ Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews, 2013.

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference between the two—Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified. She has the ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top.” ~ Altrockchick.com.

 

ABOUT:

Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson – standing on the edge of her second full-length release ‘Anywhere From Here’ – has nimbly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014).

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For media information, CDs, photos and interviews please contact:

Laurie Lockhart

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Please RSVP ASAP HERE, if you have not done so already, so that the band and I know to expect you!

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SAVE THE DATE!! And other exciting news!

IMG_1035I am so excited to be releasing my sophomore album ANYWHERE FROM HERE this spring! It is an album that many of you helped fund in early 2015, and it is an album I hope you love listening to as much as I have loved writing and recording it. Three of the songs on the album are co-writes, which is new for me. I have found it is just as much fun writing with people who’s talent I admire, as it is writing quietly on my own. The CD release party is scheduled for Wednesday March 16th at The Piston (937 Bloor Street W) and I hope you’ll SAVE THE DATE!!

I will send reminders and a FB event link where you can RSVP and get updates as we get closer to the day.

Meantime, please check out my new video for Fallback Plan HERE I hope you like it!

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And last, but far from least,  I am so pleased to be the feature artist at All Natural Music this month. You can check it out and listen to my interview with the delightful Julian Taylor HERE

Until we meet again! (March 16th at The Piston) Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

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Hey! What are you up to this Thursday Jan 28th?

Hey Folks!

Just a reminder to my Toronto friends and fans,  about the great original live music show we have lined up for you for THIS Thursday Jan 28th!! The show will take place at The Tennessee (1554 Queen Street W). The doors will open at 8pm and the band and I will hit the stage at 8:30 sharp to dazzle you with a nice long set of original songs and 4-part harmonies. We will play some of your favs from UNBREAKABLE along with a few of my new songs, songs that will soon be available to you on my upcoming sophomore album. We intend to folk things up!

Then, if you don’t have to get up early for work the next day (or even if you do, lol!) stick around for Redlight Ranch at 10pm. This band play original Southern Rock songs and they have some of the best, most rocking original tunes I have heard around these parts in a long time. Not to mention, a pretty hunky bass player.

Hope you can make it out. Would love to see you! Please reach out to me if you need more info. Or click this link HERE to RSVP.

 

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

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