Toronto Singer, Songwriter & Actress Melanie Peterson Launches 3rd EP ‘Two’ at The Artists’ Garden in Toronto, July 26

 

New lyric video (premiered by online music publication Canadian Beats) for the first single “Been So Long”

 

Toronto, ON, July 17, 2017 – Toronto singer, songwriter, and actress Melanie Peterson launches her new EP ‘Two’ (about two sides of love) at The Artists’ Garden outdoor stage in Toronto (presented by AGC/Plein Air Garden Concerts).

‘Two’ (now available; official album release date, July 14, 2017) continues to embrace Peterson’s catchy folk-pop sound and love inspired lyrics. As with her prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’, 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’, and second full-length ‘Anywhere From Here’ in 2016), it was produced by Mitch Girio (Emma-Lee, Tamara Williamson), and was recorded at Union Sound Company and Slow Cooker Studio, Toronto.

For the lead single/lyric video “Been So Long”, video motion graphics are by Andrey Sorokin (also worked with Lindi Ortega), who is based in Kirishi, Russia.

WHO: Melanie Peterson (guitar/lead vocal) as her trio, including Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) – all of whom performed on the new EP.

WHERE: The Artists’ Garden, 345 Balliol Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 1E1

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2017; Doors at 7:00 p.m., Melanie at 7:30 p.m.

HOW MUCH: $10.00 at the door. Advance tickets at; https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/agc-plein-air-concerts-present-melanie-peterson-folk-roots-tickets-35239897482

ARTIST QUOTE: Melanie Peterson, who in 2016 received two FACTOR grants, states, “My new summer EP is about two sides of love. The, I can’t believe it, I’m falling in love side (#1, Been So Long) AND the now that the honeymoon is over, are we going to make it as a couple side (#2, Kiss Me Like You Mean It). My hope for the album release show is that folks enjoy the evening in the outdoor setting and they like the new songs!”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1297715740347599

ARTIST INFO: http://melaniepeterson.ca

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called ‘Girls Girls Girls’ at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012) and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant 2013 NXNE showcase and a successful southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

Feature for new video “Been So Long” – http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/07/12/music-news-digest-july-12-2017 ~ FYI Music News, July 12, 2017.

Video premier feature; http://canadianbeats.ca/2017/06/27/premiere-melanie-peterson-releases-lyric-video-for-been-so-long. ~ Jenna Melanson, CanadianBeats.ca, June 27, 2017.

“Melanie Peterson is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter with a lovely lilting voice and strong songwriting chops.” ~ Kerry Doole, FYI Music News, 2016

“The songwriting is genuine and self-aware, and there is a positive tone even in the heartbreak.” ~ Cate McKim, Life With More Cowbell, 2016

“This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine

“…check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album. She has a beautiful voice.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 2011

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference —Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified.” ~ Altrockchick.com

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

August 5 – Bancroft, ON at Millennium Park, Bancroft Art & Craft Guild Summer Show and Sale
August 18 – Ottawa, ON at Avant-Garde Bar

ABOUT:
Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson has become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five-song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013), a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014), her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ (2016), a holiday single “Santa’s Sleigh” (2016), a single “Sunshine” (2017) and most recently, her newest EP ‘Two’ (July 14, 2017).

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Jon Davis – Overcoming Pain by Bianca Marques & Rick Keene

dsc_5185Listening to Jon Davis’ new album Open Shore  is like sinking into a big comfy chair after a long day.

The overall sound washes over a person in a wave of relaxation. As the sinking sensation encases a soul to newer depths – beautiful lyrics toss one deeper into the intricate compositions.

A combination of James Taylor and Kenny Rankin. Jazz through Pop amid haunting yet charming melodies – Jon is a quintessential Canadian songwriter. Instilling truth amid the pain. Instilling a profound instinct into the human condition of despair and sadness. Discovering a happy medium.

There is a motivational vibe that emanates from Jon’s songs.

What inspires the beautiful craftsmanship within each song? His noble response a bit unexpected …

“In my life in general I’ve dealt with mental illness. Often  when I’m writing a song,  I’m trying to overcome these problems –  so that’s a major motivation for me. I want help other people, I know people have problems in their lives and it’s really important for me and for music to go out and help people come to a higher understanding or get over problems,” says Davis.

Jon is a talented guitarist and pianist. He writes best when he’s out on long walks, during this time the melodies or lyrics arrive and are fitted together in a song. His relaxed way of writing is definitely reflected in his music …

Jon Davis remains a humble man.dsc_5156

So humble, he can not get over the fact he received a grant do make an album. A human album from the heart. The CD is titled Open Shore and Davis’ favorite song is ‘After the Birds’.

An intense track, in fact his most intense song he has written …

I like when art gets intense and actually, it can get pretty dark and painful if it’s to bring you to a better place,” says Jon.

In 2006, Jon suffered a traumatic head injury, an injury which unfortunately led to his dismissal in the lead role within a musical production theater. Throughout – Davis kept a positive mindset and focused his attention to writing songs. Something which became a blessing in disguise …

“Being bed–ridden provided me the chance to write songs, something I have always wanted to do,” explains Davis.  “If not for the injury, I would have stayed in theater longer.”

To further an insight into the man’s mind, Jon describes his positive philosophy in one sentence:

“If we can destroy the need to succeed then we can really live in the moment.”

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Jon Davis will be launching his new CD Open Shore at:

The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W, Toronto

Friday, April 26, 8:30pm

15$ Advance / 10$ Door

 

Jon is in Montreal May 1st @
Robin des Bois
4653 St. Laurent
Cinq a Sept
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Come and listen to some fine songs amongst friends. All the staff at Robin des Bois are volunteers. Enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or a nice meal.

NOTE: This post was shared from Rick Keene Music Scene with their permission. Jon Davis is a new client of mine and I’m really looking forward to attending his CD Release at The Rivoli in Toronto on April 26th!