Blessed with an ability to deliver quiet, sensitive vocals that are soaked with emotion, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto folk music scene.
Melanie has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. She earned a spot within the independent music scene in Toronto March 2012, when she showcased her original music for the very first time during Canadian Music Week, at the Royal York Library Bar. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013. She launched her first full-length album UNBREAKABLE April 2013 at The Piston in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful Southern Ontario tour.
“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist ” ~ New Moon Magazine
“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beach Metro
“We have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from “Unbreakable”, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield BBC Radio Leicester Host
With assistance from FACTOR, Melanie Peterson, once again teamed up with producer and band member Mitch Girio to release her sophomore album “ANYWHERE FROM HERE” on March 16, 2016, at The Piston in Toronto.
The album feedback was positive and Melanie toured Southern Ontario/Quebec during the summer of 2016 and embarked on a cross Canada tour from Toronto to Vancouver in the fall of 2016 thanks to the Via Rail Artist On Board Program.
In summer 2017 Melanie launched and toured a two song EP called ‘Two’. She spent early 2018 writing the songs for her next album which she recorded in fall 2019 and which will be released in April 2020.
In the summer of 2018 Melanie toured to Halifax and back thanks to the Via Rail Artists on Board Program.
Melanie has played such prestigious Toronto venues as The Cameron House, The Dakota Tavern and Hugh’s Room, to name just a few, as well as The Blackbird Cafe in Edmonton, The Blacksheep Inn in QC, Millennium Park in Bancroft and Mahtay Lounge in St. Catherines. She has played festivals throughout Southern Ontario including the Cranberry Festival in Bala and the Winterfolk Festival in Toronto.