VOTE for me TODAY in the CBC Searchlight Competition

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I’m participating in this years Searchlight Music Competition on CBC! This is an annual contest that showcases the best of Canada’s music scene, and I’m asking for your help and support to get to the second round!

Please visit my CBC page to vote: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Melanie-Peterson

Voting ends tomorrow April 13th so do vote TODAY.

I’ve entered with CINEMA GIRL off of my debut album, Unbreakable

Thank you in advance for your kind support.

Until we meet again, keep the sunny side up!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xox

 

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Your music lover called. It wants you to tune in and turn up!

Hi friends!

Spring has sprung! I’m so excited as this spring I will begin to record my sophomore album. Woot! Thank you all for your wonderful feedback regarding my IndieGoGo campaign. I am taking all of your ideas into consideration and look forward to unleashing the campaign soon!

You’ve been asking when my next show is. Well I’ve a BIG show coming up on Saturday, April 11th at Feathers Pub on Kingston Road. It’s part of Martin O’Bern’s series Ladies123 and it will feature a long set from myself, Angela Saini and Blue Venus. Show starts at 9pm.

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Big thanks to indie filmmaker/photographer Frank Caruso for taking me into the bowels of the Toronto subway system for an inspired photo shoot. Here’s a quick sample of what we fun got up to.

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And last, but certainly not least, I will be a guest this Saturday March 21st on the Drew Marshall radio show. The show will be streaming live and you can listen in at 4pm(ish) for my segment. Just go to www.drewmarshall.ca  Or, if on a mobile device, listen to JOY 1250   through the TuneIn app.

 

Till we meet again, keep the sunny side up!

 

Hugs and mushy stuff,

 

Melanie Peterson

New music sneak peak March 5th in Toronto!

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Hello friends,

Happy end of February! I’m extremely excited about my first show the of year. It happens March 5th at The Rivoli with me headlining the bill! I’d love you to come down and share this special night with me as I’ll be previewing songs from my forthcoming sophomore album with the incredible Mitch Girio and Peter Collins. Doors open at 8:30 pm and our set is at 11pm! If you’d like to get your tickets in advance please let me know and I will make the appropriate arrangements.  RSVP on Facebook HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/357099081141038/

I’m hoping to get you guys involved in the journey of completing the album and I will soon be launching an Indie Go Go Campaign. This time around though,  I want to know what kind of rewards YOU want from me. In the past I’ve offered up rewards like the opportunity to be in the studio and on the album, guitar/voice/songwriting lessons with me, the opportunity to be in a music video with me, etc. This time I want to hear your suggestions! Feel free to reply to this email with your ideas! I’m so curious to hear them 🙂

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IN OTHER NEWS

Collaborating with other artists is something I am passionate about. This March extraordinarily talented producer Mitch Girio and I will be in the studio recording an 4 song EP of gorgeous tunes that stem from Mitch’s co-writing sessions with some extremely talented songwriters. I will have the distinct honor of singing these songs.  I’ll look forward to sharing these beautiful tunes with you in the near future!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

In Other News – January

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ve just returned from a silent retreat.  For ten days I meditated for 8 hours a day while not speaking to a soul, except the meditation teacher if questions came up. It was a lot of work yet I have returned much more relaxed and refreshed than I would have had I gone to say, Florida, for a ten day vacation. I have also returned eager to get back to my creative pursuits and clear minded enough to tweak the new songs for my upcoming album and inspired enough to write one or two more! So while I’m doing that, I have these two items for you to check out:

A NEW LIVE VIDEO of FALLBACK PLAN shot at PLACEBO for ROGERS television. CLICK HERE to watch, enjoy and comment!

AND IN OTHER NEWS in December I participated in The Hogtown Hang, a one-day studio hangout for unsigned musicians in downtown Toronto. All performances to be released from the various artists who participated in The Hang were done in one take, live off the floor.  If you CLICK HERE you can join the Hogtown Hang facebook event page and be one of the first to see my performance of Melanie’s Brand New Key. I’ve got hunky Peter Collins with me on bass. You’ll also get to see/hear a song each from many of Toronto’s top unsigned artists (not for long!) So check them out and you can say “I saw them BEFORE they were HUGE”.

Enough said.

Enjoy the rest of January and I’ll reach out again in February with some live performance dates.

Yours,

Melanie Peterson

Seasons Greetings! And thank you.

Today I found myself sitting back and reflecting on the year. It has been one of growth for me, as a writer and as a performer. Thanks to everyone who has supported me as an artist and especially to those of you who have come out to the live shows  and offered your valuable feedback on the new songs I’ve been trying out for the next album.  I’m looking forward to an exciting 2015 and I hope you are too! I am so grateful to be able to do what I love for a living and I’m especially grateful for YOU.

PS- If you don’t have it already, download my cover EP here, for free: https://soundcloud.com/melanie-peterson/sets/read-it-on-the-radioFOH2 black top best shotjpgSee you in the New Year! xoxox

 

Melanie Peterson

Christmas Gifts and Flying Beavers

Hello!

In November I got some publicity photo’s done. I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Especially this one. Thank you Bobby Singh of Front Of House Photography.

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I’m excited to play my last “official” show of 2014 at the intimate Flying Beaver Pubaret this Saturday, December 6th. I’m opening for the amazing songwriter and performer Blair Packham at 7pm sharp and playing with the trio. Woot!

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Looking for he perfect gift? Until December 19th,  all copies of UNBREAKABLE purchased on my website will be signed, gift-wrapped and sent by me to any music lover of your choice in Canada.  No shipping charges. Giving is it’s own reward.

I’ll be in touch soon regarding my upcoming Indiegogo campaign.  Meantime, enjoy the season!

Hugs and mush,

 

Melanie Peterson

Secret’s out! I LOVE being on the same bill as Blair Packham!

Hi all! I hope you are enjoying the return of warm weather. Isn’t it nice to put the heavy sweaters back on the shelve for another week?

I wanted to let you all know about my next show and my last official show of 2014. It will be at The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament St, Toronto). It is a cozy cabaret space, and I will be appearing there on Saturday December 6 at 7pm followed by an appearance from the terrifically talented and charming singer/songwriter Blair Packham. It’s an early show at which I promise to play at least one Christmas song, along with some of your favorite songs from Unbreakable and a few new songs I’ve written over the past year in preparation for my sophomore album. Blair promises to play his sole Christmas song, along with some Jitters favorites and some new songs he wrote while in Ireland in October.

Tix: $10advance/$15door ALL AGES WELCOME
Available at the Pubaret or online at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/961864

Dinner is available before, during and after the show and dinner patrons get priority seating! First come, first serve~ so reserve your table now by e-mailing heather@pubaret.com or call 647.347.6567
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Blair and I will look forward to seeing you there and to helping to start your weekend off on the right note. (see what I did there?)

Please RSVP here and feel free to share this event with those who you think might be up for an early evening of excellent live music. https://www.facebook.com/events/583006955161643/

Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

 

**READ THIS – Melanie Peterson – NEWS

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well.

It’s been a fall full of good album reviews, music and lyric video shoots and releases, high octane gigs and writing songs for the new album!

I am happy to have the opportunity to release my first official lyrics video! I shot the footage with my iPhone on the way home (via ferry) from a performance on Toronto Island. Man, my arm got tired holding that iPhone still for 4 minutes, but it was worth it! Nick Lim created the playful typography and captured the mood of “Lucky Me” perfectly. Click here to check it out.

I am currently creating my Indie Go Go sophomore album fundraising campaign and look forward to sharing it with you all in the near future.

Meantime, for my Toronto friends and fans, I have a show coming up this Saturday Nov 22nd at the delightful Humble Beginnings. The address is 3109 Dundas Street West and the show will take place at 12:30-2:30 in the afternoon. I will be in duo mode with Mitch Girio. We will be playing new material and also many of your favorite songs from Unbreakable and Read It On The Radio. I hope you can join us for some delicious and inventive food AND music. There is no cover, but there will be a tip jar for those who are feeling generous and of course I will have copies of my CD Unbreakable for signing and selling.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and hoping to see you THIS Saturday afternoon!

Hugs and Mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Check out my New Video

Hi friends,

Nick Lim and I hit the streets here in the Beach (or Beaches depending on how you roll) and shot this hybrid music/lyric video. I hope you enjoy it!

Please like/share!!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

An Excellent Review of Unbreakable

Hi all,

I hope you are enjoying your fall so far. I know I am. I got an excellent review of my album Unbreakable on the AltRockChick website I thought I would share with you all:

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Please enjoy, share and let me know what you think!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

 

Melanie Peterson