I’m so excited!


Hi friends!

As some of you already know, I’ve had the distinct honor of being invited, for the very first time, to play the legendary Dakota Tavern! An extremely wonderful personal benchmark in my musical career.

I am super excited to share songs from my first two albums and various EPs as well as songs for my upcoming new album, songs which I am nothing but proud of, on Saturday May 11th, 2019 7-9pm.

Accompanying me during this all ages evening of original folk-pop music will be hunky Peter Collins on bass, Mitch Girio on a guitar(s) and Lucky Pete Lambert will join us on percussion, and dazzle us with his velvety voice on backing vocals.

It goes without saying, I’d love to share this unforgettable moment with someone like YOU who loves my music enough to open my newsletter. *grateful*

The show is being sponsored by Eden Grove Cider and Lighter Up Lager which will be featured at $5 during the show. And there will be free samples before and during the show. Who doesn’t like free samples? Doors open at 6, show at 7pm.

Click HERE to enjoy an early Saturday evening of amazing music and also to celebrate one of my biggest nights so far at one of Toronto’s best music venues!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie x

PS-there will be a FREE coaster sized Melanie Peterson sticker, to do with as you will, for anyone who mentions to Marisa at the merch table that you are on my mailing list.

PPS- for those out of town folks who can’t make the show, but still want a sticker, I’ll hook you up. Just shoot me an email or reach out to me on my Facebook music page HERE  

First Spring Show!

“Bed In” photo in the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Room at the Fairmont Hotel in Montreal. 

Wishing you all a peaceful spring, in advance! 🙂

I am excited to play my first show of Spring 2019 on Saturday March 30th! It will be an intimate house concert. It’s $20 to reserve your seat in advance (and to reveal the location!) Mitch, Peter and I hit the “stage” at 7pm. I have some new songs to share with you, as well as many of your favs from my first two albums and various EPs. There will be snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided, but feel free to BYOB.

HERE is a special video of “What You’re Selling” shot by the talented Mitch Girio who captured the intimacy of the lyrics and music of the song through the use of close ups.

Thank you for being part of my musical journey. I could not do this without you, and wouldn’t want to. I spent most of 2018 writing and therefore I have so much new music coming in 2019/2020 and you will be the first to hear it! Plus there is another remix EP in the works! Refresher Vol. 3!

Have an amazing spring and I hope to see a few of you at the upcoming house concert. It’s going to be lots of fun, no doubt about it! Feel free to email me directly at melanieacts@hotmail.com for more information and to grab your ticket(s).

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Photo by Morton Fog

Photo by Morton Fog

on line concert cancelled

Hi friends,

Well they made it seem so simple, setting up an on line concert at Concert Window. But I will have to cancel due to technical difficulties. I will get this sorted and be in touch when I do.

Sorry for any inconvenience. I was so looking forward to connecting with you.

Hugs and mushy stuff.


Wanted: Eyeballs and Clicks

Dear friends,

I will be doing a live broadcast on Concert Window which starts at 7:00pm EST this Thursday February 7. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in, listen and comment! It will happen HERE Hope you can join me. It should be lot’s of fun!

Also, I am taking part in the CBC Searchlight contest, a place to find some amazing music, including my tune: Been So Long. Please give “Been So Long” a listen if you’ve yet to hear it, and vote daily if you feel inspired to give me a leg up in this contest. I will be forever in your debt. (as if I am not already) Click HERE and search Melanie Peterson in artist entries. Cast your vote and then book mark the page so you can hit it daily. Voting ends Feb 26th.
Thanks so much, and hope to chat with you on Thursday at my concert window concert!
Hugs and mushy stuff,

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 melanieacts@hotmail.com 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) hughsroomlive.com

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