Songwriter’s Session @ Hugh’s Room Live

Dear friends,

Please join me on Tuesday, October 9th, and meet a group of amazing songwriters.  Hugh’s Room Live is home to many a concert featuring Canada’s best singer/songwriters. Their new Songwriter Sessions Series explores songcraft in a round robin format, with us artists peeling back the stories behind our work. Crossing genres and tapping into the natural Canadian gift of open, honest lyrics and tunes, I’ve been invited to delve deep and share my songs with you. Here are the deets:

Tony Quarrington, Andrea Ramolo, David Leask, Melanie Peterson

DOORS 6PM/ MUSIC 8:30PM • $20 adv/$25 door

2261 DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO • 416.533.LIVE (5483)

Here are some details about the talented folks I’ll be sharing the stage with:

DAVID LEASK Originally from Jedburgh, Scotland, David is a powerful performing songwriter, who has built an artistic bridge between the influences of his birthplace and the fresh possibilities of his adopted Canadian home to produce five critically-acclaimed CD’s and numerous international songwriting awards in different genres. Songwriters Magazine called David, “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner.” He was also awarded the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year. David’s sixth and latest recording, “Six in 6/8” has just been released.  A seasoned and commanding performer, having played nearly 2500 gigs in the last 20 years, David’s music draws from Celtic roots, Americana and country, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Van Morrison, Jack Johnson and Foy Vance.

ANDREA RAMOLO Andrea, one half of acclaimed Canadian folk-pop duo Scarlett Jane, has a new solo album, NUDA (Italian for naked). The album emerged out of a deep depression following a romantic breakup and a shift in her artistic path; but brought about a hugely positive metamorphosis, personally and creatively. Cool, dark, understated and melancholy, the alternative-folk album produced by Michael Timmins — a man who knows about melancholy and understated in his own band Cowboy Junkies — has a companion version of the same songs without a full band. Stripped down to its barest form, Da Sola (meaning by myself), was produced by her pal Faye Blais and features Andrea singing and playing either baritone or acoustic guitar.

TONY QUARRINGTON Veteran musician, Quarrington, has been a formidable and thriving presence on the Toronto music scene for more than 40 years. He first appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966, and played at many renowned Yorkville nightclubs and coffee houses in the late ‘60s, performing ballads, blues and his own original tunes.

I hope to se you there! And don’t forget, for choice seating, and to save $5.00, pick up your tickets in advance HERE.

And if you want to help this become  THE event to attend in October, please RSVP on Facebook HERE and share the event with fellow music lovers who might be interested in coming to the show. I will then be forever in your debt. (as if I’m not already).

Hope to see you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Melanie Peterson

New EP out TODAY!

I am so excited to release my new EP  “Refresher Vol. 2” TODAY! It includes one re-imagined and remixed track from ‘Unbreakable’ one from ‘Anywhere From Here’ and one track from ‘Two’. It’s very refreshing. Producer Mitch Girio and I hope you enjoy the new mixes.


Stream/download HERE.

Also announcing the first of 3 new lyric videos! Camera operated by Miguel Letelier.

Feel free to comment, like and share! And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, lots of delicious videos coming your way this fall and winter!!

Special thanks to the North-Americana channel on SirusXM for premiering the remix of “Where There’s Smoke”.

Thank you for your support! I’ll be adding exciting fall dates to my show calendar and sharing new music with you soon!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Mel’s August Update

                                             Mitch and I perform at Cross Currents Cafe in Bolton

Dear friends,

Summer is almost through and I’ve played outdoor concerts, festival shows and returned to Bolton as a feature for their fabulous Cross Currents Cafe series.  And I’m excited to announce I have another performance at Hugh’s Room coming up. Here’s the skinny! (do people even say that anymore?)


The great thrill of playing for a second time at Toronto’s premier listening room,  Hugh’s Room,  will be here before  long. I’ll be part of a songwriter’s circle on Tuesday, October 9th, and they tell me I will be in good company!  Also, on Sunday October 14th, Mitch and I will have the pleasure of playing at the Bala Cranberry Festival!

Live video from Corks and Platters:

Soon there will be a few songs from my performance at Corks and Platters in Toronto available for viewing here on my website. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to play my second solo acoustic show at this cozy wine bar in Toronto.  Funny how well a glass of wine goes with live music.


I’ll soon be releasing a second remix EP, “Refresher Vol. 2”, remixed by the fabulous Mitch Girio,  mostly for fun, but who knows – many of you may enjoy the fresh mixes! It’s allowing me to hear the old tracks in a whole new way, while I work away at my next full length album which won’t be released until 2019. Also Mitch, Hunky Pete, Lucky Pete and I have been putting together a folk EP which will be released this fall featuring tracks like ‘Lilian’ and ‘What You’re Selling’.


If you are one of my patrons, there will be a work in progress version of the video for ‘Kiss Me Like You Mean It’, available for your viewing pleasure on my Patreon page this later weekend. It is being edited by Nick Lim and features yours truly and clips from some of your favorite classic movies.  Also, lots of fun stuff avails if you decide to become a patron, so I hope you’ll check it out. For those of you who support me through Patreon, I could not be more thankful for your love and support.

Pure joy at Cross Currents Cafe.

To become a patron visit me at PATREON 

Hugs and Mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

Join me at The Artist’s Garden, a gorgeous outdoor venue in Toronto!

Hi friends,

I am writing to you let you know about my upcoming outdoor concert at the Artist’s Garden Pavilion!

I must admit that I’m pumped about returning, for the third year in a row, to be a part of this summer music series in midtown Toronto.

For this show I will be joined by my trio consisting of Mitch Girio on guitar and hunky Peter Collins on bass. We will be doing two sets which will include some older and some newer original material and a few cover tunes for you to enjoy as well.

The outdoor concert is on WEDNESDAY July 11th, the show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm. 345 Balliol Street. There is street parking after 5pm and lots o’ cute little places to grab a bite to eat in the hood.

The show length is 90 minutes, starting at 7:30pm with a 15 minute break at 8:10pm. The cost in advance is $12,  $15 at the door after 7pm.

I’d love for you to attend the show and hopefully see you before or after the performance when I will be greeting friends 🙂

Please put Wednesday July 11th on your calendar and, while you’re at it, be sure to support some of the other shows at the Artist’s Garden Pavilion Stage, every Wednesday evening this summer. I’ve heard many of the other musicians and they are all strong. CLICK HERE to check out the 2018 schedule.

CLICK HERE for more info and tickets to my Wednesday July 11th performance.

And, if you are on the book of faces,  don’t forget to CLICK HERE and RSVP on the FB event page so I  know to expect you! Thanks so much!

Artist Garden Concert Pavilion 2017

Recently I  attended the SOCAN Music Awards and saw a songwriting hero, Sarah McLachlan, receive a songwriting achievement award. I was honored to be in the presence of some of the best Canadian songwriters!

SOCAN Awards 2018

Hope to see a few of  you at the show on Wednesday.

Meantime, enjoy the summer!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Corks n’ Dictators

Happy June!

This coming Wednesday night, June 13th, at Toronto’s Corks & Platters (2220 Queen Street East) I will be presenting a rare SOLO acoustic concert to showcase songs from my albums, EPs and new material too! Come join me at 8pm and hear my songs the way they were written, just me and my guitar. No cover, but there will be a tip jar for those of you who are feeling generous!

Also, Mitch Girio and Peter Collins will be joining me at Castro’s Louge (2116 Queen Street East) to bring you two sets of musical magic. Come on out! Tuesday June 19th 8:30pm-10:30pm. Again, no cover, but we will pass the hat around.

For those of you who can’t make the shows, but want to support my artistic journey, click HERE and join me on PATREON. Your support helps me cut out the middle man. I’ll be posting songs, and diary entries, that no one but my Patreon’s have access to. There are also REWARDS. And if you can think of a reward that might suit you better than the ones I have listed, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I will accommodate you, if possible. If you are already a Patreon, THANK YOU for supporting me…I wouldn’t be able to survive as an indie artist without your generosity.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

More Show Dates:

Tangled Up in Bob!

Dear friends,

Well it’s that time of year again.  Bob Dylan’s bday is almost upon us (May 24th) and folks are getting all fired up to play/listen to his tunes at their local Bob Dylan tribute show. This is the first time I’ve been invited to play at one of these Bob Dylan tribute events, and in fact, I’ve been invited to play at two! I know this would have made my father proud, as he was a huge Bob Dylan fan. I became a Bob Dylan fan because of him. On the weekends dad used to play Bob Dylan tunes at the kitchen table while my sister and I ate the bacon and eggs Dad whipped up himself. Breakfast was never my favorite meal, but it was certainly more enjoyable when Dad would bust out his Gibson guitar and play Dylan tunes like “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and “Tangled Up In Blue” among many others. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play at these two Toronto events, especially as preparing these songs for you has helped me remember good times with my father. If you are in Toronto, I hope you’ll come have a listen. Here are the deets as I know them so far. If you need more info, feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to hear from you!

1-when: Wednesday May 23rd at 8:30pm-11:00pm. where: Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas St. W) what: Don’t Think Twice – The songs of Bob Dylan featuring Paul James, Sultans of String, Michelle Rumball, Kyp Harness, Sue & Dwight and moi! $30.00

2- when: Thursday May 24th at 8:30pm-11:00pm. where: C’est What (67 Front Street E) what: Toronto’s longest running Bob Dylan birthday celebration. This year featuring all female fronted artists-Katey Morley, Cosima Grunsky & Rosie Driscoll, Shikha Sehgal and moi! PWYC

I’ll look forward to potentially seeing you there. Meantime enjoy spring!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson


Spring is springing, Melanie is singing!

I hope you are well and enjoying spring so far! A very warm welcome if you’re new to my mailing list.  Happy to have you here!

First things first, my next show:

I’m happy to announce a spring house concert performance. This is a semi-private house concert, but because you are a friend and fan, consider yourself welcome and officially invited to attend! If you’d like to hear me perform two sets of my original music, some of your favs from the past and some brand new material (!!) in an intimate, non-bar environment in Bayview Village in Toronto, this is the show for you!

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Doors: 4:30 PM, Show Starts – 5 PM – 7 PM

Limited Seating – RSVP By Monday April 30th, 2018, Call Veronica 416-707-2828, or email

$20 Per Person includes: show, light refreshments/drinks

Second thing second, live video!

For those of you who were unable to attend my residency at the Cameron House, you can watch the show on line HERE!  I hope you enjoy the video. If you like it, give it a big thumbs up for me!

Third thing third, PATREON!

Patreon is a place where you can support my artistic endeavors and share in my journey as an artist. Click HERE to be a part of the journey.

Lots of exciting news and music coming your way this spring and summer! Stay tuned.

Until we meet again, hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

“Been So Long” in 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!