Ho Ho Ho! New holiday tune!

For years I’ve sung along to the traditional version of Jingle Bells, but when Mitch Girio and I decided to record it, we thought we would do it differently.

So, we slowed it down….and folked it up! 

So here is our very own version of “Jingle Bells”.

I sang on this track, Mitch played all the instruments and added the sparkle.

It would mean the world to me if you would please buy it, play it, and share it!


Wishing you a stress free Christmas and here’s to 2021…..lets be honest – if we made it through this year, we can make it through anything!

Hugs and mushy stuff,
Melanie x

Going Live 8pm EST this Monday Nov 30 for EP Release Party!!

Hi everyone,

I miss performing live for you all, and it was my hope that the “We Got This” EP release party would be in person, but the fates do not allow, so I’ll be celebrating the release of this new EP by playing though all the tunes, in order and live, on facebook this Monday night, Nov 30th at 8pm EST! I’ll also be playing a few of your favs from past releases. So please DO tune in to my facebook music page to listen and sing along at home! It would mean EVERYTHING to myself, hunky Peter Collins (bass) and Lucky Pete Lambert (drums) to have you there!

In other news: have you seen my new video for the lead track from the EP: “Back To You”? Watch it HERE (and please subscribe to my channel, if you haven’t already, it would be so helpful!)

And last, but far from least, today Friday Nov 27th is RELEASE DAY for the EP! Yay! “We Got This” is officially released and available on all digital platforms! Please buy/download a copy HERE, and help me continue to make the music you love! (If you’d like a signed hard copy, please send me a message with your mailing address and an e-transfer of $10.00 to melanieacts@hotmail.com and I’ll pop one in the mail for you, free delivery,  ASAP!)

Can’t wait to see you at the live stream Monday night! Be sure to say hi in the comments. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Happy October and EP Release Party!

How are you? I hope your fall has been peaceful and you had a wonderful Thanksgivings, all things considered. I am thankful to be healthy and I feel much more balanced now that my life is less complicated. I’ve always loved long range planning and have found this fall is giving me the time I need to do so.

Earlier this month I received hard copies of my new EP and am looking forward to getting them to you! Yay!!

The plan is to have the EP release party at Sauce on the Danforth on Monday, Nov 30th with limited seating. We will go ahead with this plan so long as Sauce is able to serve indoors at that time. We will be playing two 75 minute sets. One early show at 7:30pm and a later show at 10pm. People can reserve their tables now and we will hold off on collecting monies until we get the official okay.  If you are interested in reserving a ticket, email Mitzi@SauceOnTheDanforth.com. And for those of you who are out of town, or not ready to come out in person, we will be live streaming both sets. So save the date!

Meantime, stay well and stay safe.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


PS-if you’d like to support me and/or the broader artist community during this difficult time, please check out Patreon. As far as my page goes, you don’t need to get rewards, if that isn’t your jam, but if you see a reward you like, that could be a win win. CLICK HERE to explore. And thanks in advance for your kind consideration. xo

Melanie Peterson Single Release Party/Facebook Live Concert

Hi friends! I hope you are hanging in there!



Well, I’m releasing the second single from my upcoming EP and celebrating with an online single release party/concert and you are invited! I thought I’d celebrate the release doing what brings me so much joy – playing music. So that is what is happening. On Tues Aug 25th at 8pm (EST) I will be going live from my Facebook Music Page (just “like” my page, if you haven’t already, to get notifications) and performing a special celebratory concert with a handy dandy tip jar instead of a ticket link. I have new songs to debut for you, old favs and of course a stripped down version of the the new, Mitch Girio produced single “Tightrope”. I am incredibly thrilled to be joined by not only hunky Peter Collins, but also lucky Pete Lambert who will be in the house (literally) playing a small kit and adding his beautiful harmonies to the mix from a socially responsible distance. In a perfect world we would have been able to perform this concert at a venue and have you all join us there in person, but instead of rushing these kind of things, I am happy to be able to perform for you in the comfort of your own homes. That’s kinda cool. And I can reach more of you that way, so there’s that. Follow THIS LINK to rsvp and help spread the word about the show. If we get 100 viewers we will get a SOCAN royalty, so that is our goal. Plus, you tuning in and saying hi and commenting to your heart’s content, would make the launch and celebration of my new single a party to remember!!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


Exciting News About New Single, Coming Soon!

Photo by James Dean

Hi friends!

I have some exciting news to share!

With everything that’s going on right now, I am grateful to announce to you all that I will be releasing the second single “Tightrope” from my upcoming EP this August 25th and celebrating with a Facebook live stream concert that very evening at 8pm. Save the date!

Peter and I will be playing the single live, among many of your favorite songs and we will be playing one or two from a collection of songs I have written during the lock-down. If you have any requests, pls let me know and I will do my best to fulfill them! Just go to my Facebook music page to watch the show, here is the LINK in case you need it.

Miss you all so much! Thanks for your continued support.

Hugs and mushy stuff,


PS- for those of you who have heard us do our “Everybody’s Talkin'” cover live, but never heard our recorded version click HERE and have a listen/download.

PPS- we may very well have a special guest join us during our “Tightrope” single release party on August 25th, which will make the show just that much more awesome and unmissable. Stay tuned.

Online concert SUNDAY NIGHT! Join me for the final episode of “A Month Of Sundays”

Hi friends!

During this time when touring and live shows are paused, I am making every effort to continue to share my music with you! That is why I have been performing live, via Facebook, every Sunday night  in June. My last show in this series- “A Month of Sundays”- will be THIS Sunday June 28th at 7pm EST and I’d love it so much if you would tune in and say hi ! I’ll be playing cover songs, originals, old stuff, new stuff and songs you have recently requested with hunky Peter Collins accompanying me on bass and backing vocals. Good times will be had!

Click HERE at 7pm EST to tune in. (You don’t even have to log in to Facebook to watch) All are welcome! And for anyone who would like to contribute, I will have a virtual tip jar HERE

This month I am celebrating the 6 year anniversary of my cover EP “Read It On The Radio”! If you don’t have a digital copy, Bandcamp is a great place to pick one up. Downloads are high-quality files and you will own them forever. Just click HERE 

I will be playing one of the tracks from “Read It on The Radio” LIVE on Sunday night,  but you’ll have to tune in to find out which one!

There is always something positive to come out of difficult situations, and I find I am thankful that you are part of my life and I am part of yours. Sometimes you have to slow down in order to realize just how lucky you are.

Hugs and mushy stuff,



Fun Facebook Live Stream Tonight!


Hey friends!

If you missed my live concert on Facebook last weekend, no worries, you can watch me play live TONIGHT, at 7:30pm! You can watch the show by clicking HERE (and no, you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch, yay!)

Hunky Peter Collins and I will be joining forces to bring our music to you, every Saturday night in April, in the hope of helping you take your mind off your troubles for a little while.

I look forward to reading and responding to your comments between songs.

Some people like to comment, others prefer to simply watch. I always appreciate your attendance, all the same.

This week I’d love to hear about how the COVID-19 situation is treating you.

We have all been touched by the pandemic. Some are feeling more thrown than others. A lot of people are feeling the social isolation. That’s where music comes in. I’m loving the sense of community that is building around our Saturday night live stream. I love putting my face on and dressing up for you all, while you get to watch the show in your track pants with a glass of wine/beer, if you feel so inclined.

So if you’d like a little musical distraction, this evening, and every Saturday night in April, please join us. You know we’d love to have you.

Hugs and mush stuff,


PS- here is a link to my Spotify music page, in case you want to listen to a few of my tunes in advance, and get ready to sing along!

PPS- happy to announce my song “Christmas Breaks My Heart” was the only Canadian finalist in the Adult Contemporary category of the Great American Song Contest! YAY!

Storms Don’t Last Forever


Dear friends,

I know these are scary times. But as an artist who has been turning to her writing, instead of the media, I am optimistic that the world will sort itself out and find solutions soon, and in the meantime I believe we are all growing closer emotionally, if not literally, as we go through this pandemic together.

I am writing today with the hope that by Saturday, April 4th, the necessity for social distancing will be on it’s way out and you will be as eager as I am for an afternoon of live music! If that turns out to be the case (fingers AND toes crossed) here are the details:






And remember- we will get through this crisis, as humanity has always done in the past. Storms don’t last forever. In the meantime, please take care of yourself, and others. And I hope we get to see each other on Saturday, April 4th!

Hugs and mushy stuff,

Melanie xo


#Winterfolk 2020!


At the Dakota Tavern. Pic by Bryan Sukdeo.


What do I love about winter 2020? The opportunity to return to, and perform at,  Winterfolk 2020 this weekend!

Poster by VK Artists Promotions

I’ve got a show Fri Feb 21 at 7pm at The Tranzac Club in the Southern Cross Room with Tony Quarrington accompanying me on guitar (clink link HERE for more details and to RSVP), and there are also three other opportunities to catch me performing, as listed on the flyer below.  Winterfolk has dozens of artists, so you can always catch more than one artist, in more than one venue, if you feel so inclined! Check out the schedule and pick up your wristbands HERE. Tickets also available at the door.

Winterfolk 2020 performances

Hope to see a few of your gorgeous faces this weekend!

Hugs and mushy stuff,


PS-SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 24th, EP release party at The Burdock Music Hall!!