Sunday, June 2nd at Dakota Tavern

Photo by Jen Squires

Hey friends!

For those in Toronto, I’m looking forward to headlining a show coming up THIS Sunday June 2nd at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave) with an opening set from Melodi Ryan followed by a set from Charlotte Morris, then moi! This is a special Sunday night show at the Dakota due to CMW and you can save yourself some money by grabbing your tickets in advance HERE.

I do hope I’ll have the pleasure of seeing you at the show!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


PS- more about the show itself and the artists below

Join us at The Dakota Tavern for a night of kickass female artists. The lineup features Charlotte Morris (Nashville, TN), Melodi Ryan (Peterborough, ON), and Toronto’s own, Melanie Peterson. Blending Americana, Folk, Jazz, and Soul, these 3 artists each bring their own flair to powerful voices and exceptional songwriting. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

About the artists

CHARLOTTE MORRIS is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, whose autobiographical music weaves together a unique blend of Americana, Folk, Jazz, and more. Her soaring vocals and keen songwriting, often compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Liz Longley, Eva Cassidy, and Ira Wolf, create an intimate and vulnerable listening experience. When you see Charlotte live, it’s like having a deep conversation with an old friend – personal, authentic, and familiar – and almost always with a few laughs and a few tears.

MELODI RYAN‘s raw acoustic soul-rock showcases her passionate voice, crude lyrics, and striking melodies. The Ontario songwriter dives deep into both the glow and the burn of life and love. Both soulful and tongue-in-cheek, Melodi’s music is all about being true to yourself and embracing what you are. Her lyrics are honest and relatable, and her voice seduces listeners with its warmth and authenticity.

In 2019, Melodi released her debut album which helped establish her as a rising new voice in Canadian music. After a long hiatus during the pandemic, Melodi is set to release her second album in 2024, which promises to showcase her growth as an artist, and her continued dedication to connecting deeply with her audience.

“I want my music to inspire anyone looking for permission to give a big F-YOU to expectations and limitations in their lives. I’m going to continue to be the most badass, jackass, authentic version of myself and if I can inspire one person to love themselves enough to be unapologetically who they want to be, I’ve done my job.” -Melodi

MELANIE PETERSON is a Saskatoon born singer-songwriter based in Toronto. She is known for her folk-pop style and captivating vocals. Peterson has released several albums and EPs, including “Unbreakable” and “Anywhere From Here.” She’s performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, gaining recognition for her heartfelt lyrics and engaging performances.

Pop up show! This Sat May 25!

This note goes out to all my friends in the Toronto area: don’t miss my pop up show at Castro’s Lounge with hunky Peter Collins joining me on bass this Saturday May 25th 8pm-10pm. Bring a friend and listen to two sets of original music from the patio, or come on inside for something a little more intimate. There is no cover for this show, but tips are welcome! I have some new songs to share with you, along with many of your favourites from previous releases. Hope to see you there 🙂

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

Show news!

Hi friends,

I hope this note finds you fabulous! I wanted to let you know about my upcoming show at Sauce On The Danforth on Saturday May 18th! It is a matinee show with the first note at 4pm followed by three sets of your fav Melanie Peterson songs of the past, present and future! I’ll be accompanied by hunky Peter Collins on bass and lucky Peter Lambert on drums. There is no cover for the show, but tips are more than welcome and I will have my albums and mugs available for sale at the show if you feel so inclined.

Hope you will come get Sauced with us, good times will be had!! Feel free to reach out if you need any more info.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xoxoxox


Dear Friends

I hope your week is going marvelously well (no one says marvelous anymore, let’s bring it back!)

This is it 🙂 The last chance to buy advanced (and discounted, I might add) tickets to guarantee you entry to my show with Redlight Ranch (hunky Peter’s southern rock band) at The Dakota Tavern THIS Saturday, April 20th. Doors 6:30 pm. Music starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm sharp.

What will you get? Great songwriting, great sound, good times and blistering guitar solos (not from me, I hate blisters, but definitely from Redlight Ranch)

If you are coming, NOW is a good time to click the link to buy your advanced tickets HERE

Here is a video snippet of a recent performance at Sauce On The Danforth of Corner Of Your Street (will be playing this one on Saturday, among many others) with hunky Peter Collins on bass, lucky Pete Lambert on drums and Johnathan Billings (Johnny Suspenders – we are trying that out as his nickname – what do you think??) on lead guitar.

Looking forward to seeing many of your beautiful faces this Saturday at The Dakota Tavern. Good time will be had!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


A Return To The Dakota Tavern

How goes it?

It goes well with me! I’ve got the opportunity to return to the Dakota Tavern on Saturday April 20th and I’m so excited! I’ll be hitting the stage with the Pete’s at 7pm and then at 8pm Peter’s other band (gasp!) Redlight Ranch will hit the stage for a set. It’s going to be a busy night for Peter and a great night of live music with beautiful songs and blistering guitar solos. Something for everyone!

I spoke with Redlight Ranch and we decide to keep the advanced prices low in order to encourage advanced ticket sales and to save you a few dollars. Here is advanced ticket link with more info:

Redlight Ranch w/ Melanie Peterson Tickets, Sat, Apr 20, 2024 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

Here is the link to the show on the Dakota website incase you want to looking at who is hitting the stage after us for the late show and other venue info:


I will look forward to seeing your beautiful faces there and playing you some of your Melanie Peterson favs as well as some newer material I’m excited to share!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Urgent Leap Year Day Live Stream Alert!

Happy Leap Year Day!

Thrilled to announce a pop up live stream concert tonight! Tune in HERE at 7pm EST for a captivating virtual musical experience with intimate lighting in a cozy space (my living room) featuring Hunky Peter Collins on bass and Lucky Pete Lambert on drums. Between songs we will be sharing personal anecdotes and hopefully creating a sense of connection despite the digital distance. We will play many of my originals songs and a few well-loved covers as well. My goal is to leave you feeling uplifted and inspired on this very special Leap Year Day.

Hope to see you there.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Let’s Get Sauced!

Hey friends! First off, thanks so much to everyone who came out to my Hugh’s Room show last month. It was such a special night for me, and having a few familiar faces in the packed house made my tribute to Melanie Safka (my namesake, may she rest in peace) and performance of David Bowie’s “Golden Years” and “Fame” that much more special!

Photo by Bryan Sukdeo

In other show news, I’ve been getting a number of requests to play in the east end again. Your wish is my command! On Saturday Feb 24th, I’ll be playing with the full band at Sauce on the Danforth. It’s a matinee show (4-7pm) and we will be playing THREE 45 minute sets containing a mix of originals and well considered covers. Come on out and let’s get sauced! No cover charge, but tips are very welcome 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Hear Me Sing Bowie Jan 26 at Hugh’s Room!

Friday, Jan 26th at 8pm, immerse yourself in the distinctive music of David Bowie and Dolly Parton as as some of your Hugh’s Room favourites (including moi!) sing the songs of these two artists with a twist: Boys sing Dolly, girls sing Bowie! You’ll have to come to the show to find out which Bowie songs I have chosen to sing 🙂


Shakura S’aida

Elizabeth Shepherd

Michael Dunston

Brooke Blackburn

Jeremy Voltz

Melanie Peterson

Where: The New Hugh’s Room Live 296 Broadview Ave

Grab your TICKETS HERE and I can’t wait to see you there!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Here’s that livestream you wanted

Join me on Friday January 12th 8pm EST from the comfort of your own living room. I’d really like you to come. We’ll play new songs, old songs and share a few of my favorite cover songs. We’ll even chat between songs.

WHO: Melanie Peterson, hunky Peter Collins and Audrey

WHERE: Our Living Room and Yours

WHEN: Friday Jan 12th 8pm EST

WHY: The healing benefits of music, community and to catch up with old friends.

HOW: LIKE my Facebook page HERE to be notified when we go live and/or just head to my page at 8pm on Friday. We will be doing a soundcheck around 7pm if you want to tune in then and let us know how everything is sounding.

Meantime get in the mood for the show by watching this five song playlist of songs you will hear at the show. And as always, pls don’t forget to like the videos, subscribe to my channel, it really helps support the channel so I can reach more people.

I hope to see you there. And I wish you all the best.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Support The Santa Claus Fund this Thursday

This Thursday the band and I are hoping to make a difference to underprivileged children in Toronto with $5.00 from every ticket sold to our 7pm show at The Dakota Tavern, with special guest Carmen Toth, going to the Santa Claus Fund! With 50,000 financially vulnerable children living in our great city, donations to the Santa Claus Fund are critical to the joy and well being of many of our city’s children.

So I hope this little note will inspire you with join us at The Dakota Tavern for some excellent live music and a little holiday cheer. Grab your advance tickets HERE, or simply pay at the door. I’m also excited to announce that 100% of my merch sales will go to the fund. So if you’ve been meaning to get yourself a signed CD or a fancy Melanie Peterson mug, seize the day!

The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave)

Thursday Dec 7, 7-9pm

$15 advance (plus hst/SC) $20 at the door

In other news, check out my “story” in Nashville Voyager! Let me know what you think.

See you on Thursday!

Hugs and mushy stuff,