Music My Mother Would Not Like

Dear friends,

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the delicious summer so far!

I’m reaching out because, thanks to Veronica Kutt, my fabulous booking agent, I will be appearing on Music My Mother Would Not Like, a weekly singer-songwriter live stream showcase series that takes place on Zoom. The series features three internationally or nationally touring artists each week. It’s not an “in the round” format, each artist gets a 25 minute set. The show I will be part of will take place August 2nd and Zoom doors will open at 7:30pmEST. The show starts at 8pmEST.

For my set I will be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass and with any luck Audrey, our fur baby (lol) will jump on the couch and sleep through the set looking cute for ya’all. She always konks out as soon as we start playing.

We will be playing songs from “We Got This” and “We Got This – Side Two” as well as one BRAND NEW SONG (as in, never played it live, hot off the presses, that sort of thing) that I’m super excited to share with you all! And it’s NOT a love song, imagine that!

You have to register in advance for this show. There are no tickets to pay for, though tipping is encouraged 🙂 You can register HERE as soon as today, and I hope you do, because I would love to see you there! What could be better than to enjoy excellent live music on a Tuesday evening, from home, and in your PJ’s if you feel so inclined! Leave the getting dressed up to me!

And do feel free to forward this email to people who might be interested in tuning in. I would, as always, be grateful to you for helping spread the word. And if you have any questions about the show, feel free to respond to this message or email me at melanieacts@hotmail.com

Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie xo

“Somebody’s Somebody” Live at The Sound Of Music Festival!

Toronto Patio Show Next Saturday!

Well, next Saturday June 11th my first patio gig of 2022 is happening at The Free Times Cafe (link will open in a new tab). Join me if you are in and around Toronto.

You can find more info and rsvp HERE (link will open in a new tab)

Please note it is advisable you reserve your table/seat in advance. You can reserve your table here: (416)967-1078.

Music starts with an opening set by the talented David Storey who is not only a musician but award winning writer, director and producer of Corner Gas as well.

I’ll hit the stage with the trio at around 8:45pm.

The show is being presented by Brian Gladstone who will headline with a set around 9:30.

In other show news, the trio and I will be performing at the 2022 Sound Of Music Festival in Burlington happening at the end of the month. I’ll hit the Civic Square stage at 3:45pm on Saturday June 18th and be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass/vocals and Lucky Pete Lambert on percussion/vocals. More festival deets HERE (link will open in another tab)

September 1st – save the date for “We Got This – Side Two” EP release party! Details TBA 🙂

WATCH music video for my latest single “Somebody”s Somebody”, ICYMI!

More from me:

Listen & follow on Bandcamp to be the first to hear “We Got This – Side Two”!

Watch the acoustic version of “We Got This” the title track from my last EP.

Listen to my top songs and albums on Apple Music

Listen and follow me on Spotify

That’s all for now my lovlies!

I’ll look forward to seeing you soon and celebrating my new EP with you in the fall.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

Somebody’s Somebody out Friday!

Somebody’s Somebody, the first single from my upcoming EP ‘We Got This – Side Two’ will be officially released and available on all digital platforms THIS Friday, May 6th!

To celebrate, the band and I are playing live THIS Thursday May 5th, at The Dakota Tavern with opening act The Alter Kakers!!! RSVP HERE!

And for even more good news, The Dakota Tavern has recently installed two surgical quality air purifiers to keep the air free of small pathogens such as viruses. We can all literally breath easier. Yay!

Last little thing. If you’d like to help spread the word about the show, that would be amazing! If you share the event/poster via Facebook/Instagram be sure to tag me and Ill send you a DM with an advanced digital download of the new song!

I’d love to have you at the show!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo

Upcoming Toronto Single Release Party! – DAKOTA TAVERN

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all doing great end enjoying the springing of spring! Today I packed up my long john’s and put them in a box in the basement until next winter, with a smile.

I’ll be releasing the first single “Somebody’s Somebody” from ‘We Got This – Side Two’ this May and celebrating with a single release party on May 5th 7pm-9pm at the Dakota Tavern! It will be a special show because I will have a full band, including a keyboard player, joining me on stage and we will be playing through the 6 songs from ‘We Got This’ and the 6 songs from ‘We Got This – Side Two’ in order, so you can get a feel for the flow of the songs on both EPs. Not to mention it will be my first time playing with a full band since 2020! This is a night not to be missed!

I have put together a poster with all the info on it for you. Please feel free to share!

Ticket link: HERE

RSVP to the FB event and help me show the world that the Dakota Tavern is the place to be May 5th: HERE

Check out the music video for “Somebody’s Somebody”, featuring many of you(!): HERE

If you are in town early May and want to check out some great live music, come down & hear us, and our fabulous opening act The Alter Kakers!

It’ll be great to see some familiar faces and share a drink after the show.

Hugs and so much mushy stuff,

Melanie

Melanie Peterson’s March Newsletter!

Photo by Jen Squires

Dear Friends!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you have had an awesome March so far! Can you believe Spring is almost sprung? Yay!

Thought I’d share some exciting news for 2022 & new(ish) merch, ICYMI!!

First off: don’t miss my FREE solo live stream performance Tuesday APRIL 26th at 7pm EST from my FACEBOOK MUSIC PAGE where I will play the songs from my soon to be released EP “We Got This – Side Two”, share the stories behind the songs and more! There is good chance my fur baby Audrey will pop in to say hello! So excited to see you there, virtually speaking! And so grateful to the Music Performance Trust Fund and VK Artists Promotions for sponsoring this show! It’s gonna be a good one!!

Photo by Jen Squires

AND if you are itching to see the full band and I LIVE, save this date: Thursday May 5th when we will be live at The Dakota Tavern to celebrate the release of “We Got This” (finally!!) by playing all the songs from that EP and also the songs from “We Got This – Side Two”. It will be a great night of live music and also an opportunity for you to unwind and be social with friends you haven’t seen in person for some time, including me! Can’t wait.

I feel like the pandemic and it’s variants have consistently messed up my best laid plans, and still are, to some extent, as we will not have Mitch Girio joining us on guitar at the show May 5th, but we do have the superstar guitar player Frank Koren filling in, and I know you won’t be disappointed by his performance of the songs! I have so many exciting things to look forward to but most of all I’m looking forward to sharing my new music with you!

Hugs and mushy stuff!

Melanie Peterson

Photo by Jen Squires

PS- MERCH ALERT! Do you have your very own Melanie Peterson mug yet? If not, why not grab one HERE? Go ahead, make my day and brighten up your mornings with your very own Melanie Peterson mug!!

February Live Stream!

I hope you have had an awesome February so far! If you are stuck in the February blahs, why not tune into my live stream this Thursday Feb 17th at 8pm EST? I’ll be live on my Facebook Music Page playing new songs, a few requests, will have two special guests (one of them will be wearing fur) and be joined by hunky Peter Collins on bass. It’s going to be a fun hour of live music, straight from my living room to yours, just for you. GET THE DEETS

Hope to see you at the show, virtually speaking!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson

PS- for those of you who are keeping track, my EP release party at The Dakota Tavern has been moved to May 5th. We’ll be playing all the songs from the EPs We Got This and We Got This- Side 2. It’ll be the perfect show to attend if you want to socialize with friends and unwind after work!

Photo by James Dean Photography

Recording Update & Upcoming Livestream

Friends! The new EP is coming along swimmingly. I am SO excited. It is going to be Part Two of “We Got This”, the EP I released in Nov 2020. We had a bit of a slow down in the recording process due to the Omicron variant, but soon the Pete’s will be boostered up and able to go into the studio with Mitch to record their backing vocal parts which are so essential to the new songs, especially “Somebody’s Somebody“.

For a sneak peak at a few of the new songs from the EP and how you can help a girl continue to make music during these difficult times and be part of the journey, click here

For those of you who have already supported me on this EP at IndieGoGo and to my Executive Producer angel Paul T, THANK YOU. I am planning an update in the next week and can’t wait to share all the goings-on.

Photo by James Dean Photography

LIVE STREAM ALERT: THURSDAY, Feb 17th 8pm EST I am going to live stream with hunky Peter Collins here at our humble abode. Please join us, bring your Tequila, wear your most comfy cloths. We will dress up for you and introduce you to the new addition to our family, Audrey.

Making herself at home 🙂

Finally, THANK YOU for being on my mailing list. Know that I love and appreciate you and look forward to sharing exciting news with you throughout 2022 and getting back to playing live for you when the stars align! Meantime, I’ll keep writing up a storm, which I consider the best use of my time during these trying times.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xoxox

Ho ho ho! New holiday tune!

For years I’ve been writing Christmas songs that talk about snow, mistletoe and numerous other things that define the holiday season for most of us.

This year, I thought, why not change it up and write a New Year’s Eve song instead?…and so I did.

Here is my very first New Year’s Eve song “May I Have Your Midnight?”

My extremely talented friend and producer Derek Downham recorded it for me, added all the instrumentation and the shimmer.

It would mean the world to me if you would please play it, save it, add it to your holiday playlists and share it! The song is available on all digital platforms including:

Here: SPOTIFY

Here: APPLE MUSIC

And if you’d like to buy the track and perhaps a few of my other holiday singles, you can do so HERE ON BANDCAMP (it is Bandcamp Friday until midnight tonight in which 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artist aka moi)

And if you’d like to watch, share and like the stunning lyric video you can do so HERE

Wishing you a stress free holiday season and here’s to 2022…let’s hope it’s a good one!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie

Photo by James Dean

Two shows are better than one!

Photo by James Dean Photography

Dear friends,

I know you are busy so I’ll keep it quick today!

Above is a sneaky peak photo from my recent photo shoot with the fabulous James Dean at Annette Studios. The plan was to shoot a photo for the cover of my new, soon to be released New Year’s Eve single (!!) “May I Have Your Midnight?” And I’m happy to report we got a TON of great shots, including the one above.

The lyric video for “May I Have Your Midnight?” is currently under construction and I’ll be super excited to share that with you, along with the new single, in December.

On another note (see what I did there?) Peter and I are playing live at Sauce On The Danforth THIS SATURDAY! There is no cover for this show, but tips are welcome. It is a 4pm matinee show. Hope to see a few of your gorgeous faces there.

Lastly, I’m excited to share that I’ll be doing a live ONLINE concert this Monday Nov 22nd as part of Signe Miranda’s Time Equity Mondays. I’ll be doing a set as her special guest at 7:30pm EST. Click “Live TV” at THIS LINK to watch the show. I hope to see you there, virtually speaking, wink wink.

Until we meet again, take good care.

Hugs and mushy stuff.

Melanie xo

Campaign Success!

Hi friends!

THANK YOU to all the Melanie Peterson newsletter community who responded to my request for support raising funds to record a new EP during a challenging second pandemic year.

I’m thrilled to share that we raised $6,680.00 during the early fall campaign which was generously topped up another $1000.00 to bring it to $7,680.00 thanks to the kind generosity of Paul Therrian.

This was the first step to my goal of releasing “We Got This -Side 2” in March 2022 which we will celebrate with a release party at the Dakota Tavern on March 5th! Time TBA. Save the date!

Your donations enabled producer Mitch Girio and I to return to Revolution Recording, one of the top recording studios in Toronto, to record bass, drum and string tracks for the six new songs in their excellent sounding studio B.

I can’t thank you enough!

If you have any questions about your donation, please email me at melanieacts@hotmail.com

IN OTHER NEWS

I will be playing at Scarboro Music this Saturday Nov 6th at 7:30 pm with hunky Peter Collins joining me on bass. For more details about the show, and to pick up your tickets click HERE

I will return to Sauce on the Danforth Sat Nov 20th for a 4pm matinee show. It’s free, but tips are welcome!

I also have a potential pop up show in the works as a part of a pre-Winterfolk showcase, Fri Nov 12, stayed tuned to my FB Music Page HERE for more info regarding that show.

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie Peterson