THURS DEC 7! Holiday Show @ Dakota Tavern

Next Thursday, Dec 7th 7-9pm is THE NIGHT if you are in Toronto, or close by. The band and I will be playing our big holiday show at the legendary Dakota Tavern. We’re celebrating the holiday season with a nice long set of original songs, holiday songs, original holiday songs and more! There will be an opening set from indie/pop artist Carmen Toth. And $5.00 from every ticket sold goes to The Santa Claus fund which exists to provide unprivileged Toronto children with gifts this holiday season. It’s gonna be a beautiful show, full of holiday cheer that you don’t want to miss out on.

Doors 6:30pm

Carmen Toth opens the show 7pm

The band and I are on at 7:45pm

It looks like you can still get tickets online HERE

Tickets will also be available at the door.

We’ll also have a limited number of Melanie Peterson mugs available for sale, a perfect gift for that music lover in your life, or a gift to self, to enjoy yummy hot chocolates and coffees in this holiday season.

Watch the lyric video for Melanie’s holiday original “May I Have Your Midnight”

Are You Coming?

This is it!

Advanced ticket sales end soon for my upcoming full band show with an opening set from the “raw and wild”(Roots Music Canada) MIP at The Dakota Tavern THIS Saturday November 4th. Doors 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm sharp and ends at 9pm.

If you are considering coming, now is a good time to click the ticket link HERE and save yourself a couple bucks in the process!

Here is a poster for the show with a QR code if you’d like to grab your tickets that way. This is the first time I’ve put a QR code on a poster. I feel so technologically advanced, lol.

I hope to see you there! We are going to play some of your Melanie Peterson favs, a BRAND NEW tune that’ll have you singing along and a choice cover as well. Can’t wait!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson xo

PS- to hear a couple of the songs we plan to play on Saturday in advance, with the band, check out my Instagram and see hunky Peter Collins, lucky Peter Lambert and jammin’ Jonathan Billings and I playing live from my living room! And feel free to follow me if you haven’t yet.

Upcoming Show Alert!

Watch “One Tequila” before coming to hear me play it live at The Dakota Tavern!

Hey folks,

Next Monday, Sept 25th, I’ll be joined onstage by Jonathan Billings to perform at BS Friday’s FUNdraiser for The Unison Fund, a fund to support folks in the music community during difficult times. They were there for me and many others during the lock-down and so we are doing what we can to give back. The show starts at 7pm and will include sets from Angela Saini, Jessica Stuart, Carmen Toth and more! The doors open at 6pm so come early to network with me and others in the music community and support a wonderful cause in a wonderful way. Tickets and more info HERE

Above you can watch my pup Audrey and I star in “One Tequila” shot at Castro’s Lounge, which will be my closing song at the FUNdraiser. Feel free to get familiar with the tune (if you aren’t already) so you can sing along! And smash that like button if you like the vid!

I’m also excited t announce I am in talks with director Alexander Galant regarding a video shoot for my upcoming single Log Cabin. He directed me in the play “Love Letters” when I first came to Toronto, and we have stayed in touch ever since. Very excited to work with him again, and this time, on camera. More on that soon.

In other news, I’m happy to announce a full band show Nov 4th at The Dakota Tavern. Tickets will be available at soon and of course I’ll give you more info here closer to the date. Who would you like to see me share the bill with?

Please feel free to checkout my latest release We Got This – Side Two on BANDCAMP and follow me there if you’d like to join me for upcoming new music listening parties. Or find me on Apple Music or Spotify and add me to your playlist! Also, if you are not already subscribed to my YouTube channel pls subscribe and be among the first to see my new video releases!

That’s all for now. Enjoy the last day of summer and see you in the fall! Personally, I cant wait, fall is my very fav season. Boots and sweaters are back. Yummy.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


New Show Announced!! A FUN-raiser

I’m so happy to announce my next show will be a fundraiser for Unison on Monday Sept 25th at 7pm at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave). I’ll be sharing the stage with Toronto notables Carmen Toth, Don Campbell, Angela Saini, Jessa (who you may know as Jessica Stuart) and Lyric Freedom Dubee! And all for a good cause – The Unison Fund – a non-profit music industry charity that provides counselling and emergency relief series to those in the Canadian music industry!

I do hope you will save the date, you’ll be getting 6 bands for the price of one and the karma you’ll receive for coming to our fundraiser? Immeasurable. Not to mention, I’d LOVE to see you.

More deets to follow in next update.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


What is missing from your collection? Discount Alert and Listening Party!

Hey pals! Are you enjoying this gorgeous summer so far, or what? I literally can’t get enough of the bird song and warm sunshine!

Thank you all for coming out to my shows at Castro’s and The Dakota Tavern! It was a thrill to play for you all and I will be back at the Dakota for an artist showcase Monday Sept 25th at 7pm, more info on that in future newsletters, but save the date! I’ll also be headlining a show at The Dakota on Fri Nov 4th at 7pm so save that date too!


Join me Tues Aug 1st 7pm EST for a free listening party to revisit Read It On The Radio, my very first cover EP. Two of the tracks on this EP have been picked up by Crucial Music Publishing and you are bound to hear them in film and TV soon! Come listen to the songs with me, try to guess which ones got officially published, chat about the making of the EP and it’s follow up Read It On The Radio 2 to be released soon! RSVP HERE

Also, as a reward for joining my bandcamp community by following me there:

Everything in my store is 50% off for limited time only.

That’s my entire catalog of 19 releases including “Unbreakable” “Anywhere From Here” “We Got This” and my most recent release “We Got This – Side Two” not to mention my single releases! Check it out HERE and don’t forget to click FOLLOW 🙂

I’m spending August/September writing/recording and releasing new digital music (Read It On The Radio 2, Log Cabin-single and potentially and Christmas song too!) so I have not booked any shows during that time. I plan to redouble my live performance efforts very soon. And I hope to do a live stream from my new apartment with hunky Peter Collins and the puppy when time allows!

Meantime, follow me on bandcamp if you have not already and be among the first to hear my new releases!

Keep on enjoying the summer and see you in the fall if not sooner!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Attention Friends: I’m playing with a full band at The Dakota next week, and I want you there!

Dear friends,

Happy summer solstice! I’m writing because I would never forgive myself if I let you miss your chance to hear the band and I live with our new guitar player Johnathan Billings at The Dakota Tavern next Thursday, June 29th at 7pm! Pick up your $6.00 advanced ticket HERE and save yourself a few bucks! Check out the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE for more info and to RSVP! You’ll hear songs like One Tequila, Somebody’s Somebody, Cinema Girl and Unbreakable, a brand new song (!!) I can’t wait to get your feedback on, and so much more, including an opening set from Kingston’s own CHRISTOPHER JACKSON.

Thursday, June 29th, 6:30 doors open, 7-9pm show, be there or be square!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


No News is Good News!

Hi Friends,

I hope you’re doing great and enjoying the lovely warmer weather. I don’t have any music news for you this month, I’m still chipping away at the projects I mentioned in my last newsletter but below you’ll see a couple new photos from a shoot I did with the fabulous Jen Squires.

Oh! While I have you, later this month I will be acting in episode 302 of the TV series Chucky playing a jury foreperson who gets to sentence the fabulous Jennifer Tilly with 103 counts of murder in the first degree. This is a U.S. show so you know what that means for her character. (She kinda plays herself in the show, in a very interesting way)

Want to see behind the scene pictures from the set? Head on over to my Patreon page where I will be posting behind the scenes photos from my two days on set. I’d love for you to follow me there!

More music news next month but just a reminder I’ll be playing at Castro’s in the east end of Toronto on Sunday June 11th, so come take a walk on the beach then join the trio and I for an evening of live music! 7:30-9:30 pm. No cover but tips are welcome!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Welcome To My World

Dear friends,

Well, I am almost moved out of 2202 Queen Street East and into our new place a little further east on Queen and even closer to the lake. Yay! On top of songwriting, preparing to record a cover EP with Mitch Girio and consistently walking my dear pup Audrey, it’s been a pretty hairy time (pun intended).

I’ll be writing, unpacking and prepping the covers for the new EP for the next little while but I do have a handful of fabulous shows later this summer with more shows to be announced soon.

June 11 – Castro’s (Toronto – east end)

June 29th – The Dakota Tavern (Toronto – west end)

June 30th – BluMartini (Kingston)

July 1st – Clifford Brewing Co. (Hamilton)

It would be a honour to see you at one of these shows and have the opportunity to play for you. And for those of you farther away I do plan to do at least one live stream this summer, so pls stay tuned.

Meantime, I hope you are all doing wonderfully well and I look forward to seeing you at a show or hearing from you online real soon.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson


Photo by Tim Leyes

Hey gang,

We have another digital only cover EP on the way! Spring sees the Pete’s and I in the studio with Mitch Girio to record Read It On The Radio Two. Listen/buy Read It On The Radio, the original 6 songs cover EP HERE.

Read It On The Radio was a six week digital download campaign in which I released one new cover song every week from the week of April 28th, 2014 to the week of June 1st, 2014. It was recorded and witnessed by Mitch Girio at Slaughterhouse 754, with Lucky Pete Lambert on the suitcase (you read that right), Peter Collins on bass/piano, me on acoustic guitar/lead vocals and Mitch Girio on everything else. Watch/like to our version of “Everybody’s Talkin” written by Fred Neil and performed by Harry Nilsson for the movie “Midnight Cowboy.”

I’m looking forward to a few band shows close to home the weekend after next. Thursday, March 23rd, I’ll be at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave) in Toronto, 10pm. I’ll have lucky Pete Lambert on drums and hunky Peter Collins on bass. $10 at the door gets you three bands as we’ll be follow by Gregory Childs & Heart Lung who will be followed by The Converts!

8:30pm on Friday in Smith Falls, check out our debut performance at Bowie’s. We’ll be doing two shows, one at 8:30pm and one at 11:30pm with lots of time to chat with you in between sets.

Sunday afternoon I’m back in Hamilton, this time at the Clifford Brewing Co. (1-398 Nash Rd N ) 4-6pm with the full band. I always have a great time playing in Hamilton. Hope to see some of you come out to this matinee show and get folked up with us in the afternoon!

Thanks so much for being a friend and a fan and don’t hesitate to reach out with any question about the upcoming shows.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


What’s Coming Up

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that I’ll be performing with my band at the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival on Saturday February 25th at 4pm. We’ll be playing all your favourite Melanie Peterson songs, old and new, in the BACKROOM of Taco Taco in Kensington Market where the festival will be taking place this year. If you are planning to attend the festival, you can buy your wristband HERE at 15% off until Feb 10th! The discount code is: ADVANCETICKETS. You can check out all the artists who will be performing HERE and for your convenience, check out the schedule HERE

I hope I will get to see you there, I’ve not played live since my live stream last December and I miss ya all so much!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


PS- For those of you who are out of town who cannot make the festival, I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and will be releasing new music for you soon, so stay tuned! xo

Photo by James Dean Photography