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