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



Ho Ho Hold the Date!

Happy rapidly approaching holiday season!

It’s hard to believe the year is coming to a close. It has been a year of performing and songwriting for me, glorious in so many ways, and I can’t wait to share my new music with you in 2019!

If you’d like a preview of the new material, and to hear all your favorite Melanie Peterson tunes from the past, don’t forget I am available to play your private house concert, and/or the band and I can play your event! Just reach out to me at and we will set it up. I will be touring in 2019, so lets set up a show in your town/city, for those of you not based in Toronto.


I’m happy to announce that for my last performance of 2018 I’ll be sharing the bill with 7 top Toronto talents! These are all fellow members of a music business networking group I am a part of called BS Fridays. You’ll get 8 singer-songwriters for the price of one ($6)! And it’s also a holiday party, so there will be snacks to enjoy and each artist will play one holiday original!

Thursday, December 20th @ 8pm (doors open 7pm)

The Cameron House (back room) 408 Queen Street West

Check out the Facebook event HERE RSVP to let us know to expect you 🙂

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for gig updates, studio sneak peeks, song previews and even on set/audition snaps from the acting side of my world. @misswatermeloni

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xoxo

PS: Here’s a song from my latest EP ‘What You’re Selling’, which you can find exclusively on Bandcamp. Please thumbs it up/share the song if you like it and I will be forever in your debt (as if I’m not already).

New EP “What You’re Selling” out today!

                  Photo Credit: Martin Obern

What You’re Selling Out Now!

Very excited to share these songs with you! You can check out the EP on Bandcamp now! Click HERE to listen/buy.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson x0x

Announcing the Third Video release from my New EP!

Thank you so much for following my lyric video journey with my new re-mix EP “Refresher Vol.2”! Announcing the third track and final lyric video in this series: “Don’t Tell Me”! Don’t Tell Me is a plea for acceptance song, an if you love someone, set them free, and if they are truly yours, they will come back to you, given space and time and they will see you as you truly are song. It was released on my debut album “Unbreakable” and the original is available on all digital platforms and streaming services. The remix is available exclusively on MY BANDCAMP PAGE.  (Follow me on Bandcamp and be among the first to have access to my upcoming folk EP followed by my third full length album!)

Photo: Frank Caruso.          Design: Mitch Girio

I will be performing a solo show (gasp!) and sharing songs I am considering for my upcoming album (and asking for song feedback for those who are interested in casting their vote re: which songs should go on the new album) and playing some of your favorite Melanie Peterson tunes in a very stripped down manner (the tunes, not me) on Nov 8! Deets:

Thursday November 8, doors 8:30pm

Corks and Platters 2220 Queen Street E (lots of street parking out front or just take the Queen 501 Street car east)

No cover, but there will be a generosity jar, for tips for the songwriter…yay:)

And please check out the lyric video, comment, share, like and/or subscribe to my youtube channel to be among the first to see what’s next. Thanks to Mitch Girio’s glorious remix “Don’t Tell Me” sounds completely fresh! Here is the the vid, featuring the thundering Moon River in Bala!

And thanks for being a friend and fan. It’s so kind of you to support me and my music and I want you to know I appreciate it. And if you don’t absolutely love this remix and don’t decide to pick up the EP on Bandcamp,  Don’t Tell Me!

Hugs and mushy stuff,




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

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