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Melissa's latest album, 

"Your Mess" is available on iTunes: 

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Some words on "Your Mess":
 

"Melissa is a prolific young songwriter....the band's gorgeous slowed-down take on the Police tune "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" is a highlight." 
         
                                                                                                           Cathy Riches, Wholenote Magazine 


""Your Mess" shows (Melissa's) development as a Songwriter...a jazz-pop chanteuse with eclectic taste..the results have a playful feel." 

                                                                                                             Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music 

 
Your Mess.  Life is a mystery that keeps unfolding, sometimes before you can catch up.  A beautiful mess of chaos, heartbreak, love, joy, anger, pride, upheaval, surprise. There is a fascinating human instinct that causes us to shy away sometimes from what ignites us the most. 
 
Music ignites me. It is such a part of my life in which other aspects get completely engulfed, and I am drawn to beings, places, situations, with which it can coincide, from which it is fuelled.
 
I would like to thank the musicians: Mark Cashion, Nathan Hiltz, Eric St-Laurent, Sly Juhas, Kelsey McNulty, Michel DeQuevado. I am honoured to have worked with all of you, and truly understand the magic of being part of a band. 

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"Escape art" - a tribute to some of music's most influential refugees

 

A few months back, while grappling with my political stance on the Syrian refugee crisis, I found myself wondering how these issues influence the arts. So I've been working on a bit of a project, which pays tribute to some of music's influential refugees. I'll be featuring some of these tunes Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 at the Rex in April, covering Bob Marley, Irving Berlin, Marlena Dietrich, Wyclef, Vernon Duke and more.  Here is my favourite, Freddie Mercury, who flew from the sultanate of Zanzibar with his family during the revolution, where they started a new life in the UK.  Below is my take on Queen's "Somebody to love." (A very epic tune, hard to touch, but I love it..) share if you like!


MELISSA'S INTERVIEW WITH THE GARLIC HARLOT:

By far the most fun interview I've done to date.  Dana Rogers from the Garlic Harlot chatted with me about music AND food and created this amazing recipe for me..
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Previous events

Apr20

Tuesdays at The Rex in April

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The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, 194 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

Melissa performs her show, "Escape Art: A Tribute to Some of Music's Influential Refugees." With Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond and Ross MacIntyre on bass and Sly Juhas on drums.

Apr13

Tuesdays at The Rex in April

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The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, 194 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

Melissa performs her show, "Escape Art: A Tribute to Some of Music's Influential Refugees." With Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond and Ross MacIntyre on bass and Sly Juhas on drums.

Apr6

Tuesdays at The Rex in April

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The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, 194 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

Melissa performs her show, "Escape Art: A Tribute to Some of Music's Influential Refugees." With Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond and Ross MacIntyre on bass and Sly Juhas on drums.

Mar3

Melissa Lauren and Nathan Hiltz @ 120 Diner

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120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto, ON

Melissa and Nathan play some new tunes and old favourites in Melissa's first public show since becoming a mother. Cover is $10

Reservations Recommended: (416) 792-7725

Dec13

Melissa Lauren sings Richard Rodgers with the Nathan Hiltz Trio.

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The Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Melissa joins as a guest singer as part of the monthly series in which the Nathan Hiltz Quartet features a different composer. This month is Richard Rodgers.

Nov18

Melissa Lauren @ The Art Station

The Art Station, 601 1st Avenue, Fernie, BC

Melissa performs as part of her West Canada Tour. Tickets - Adults - $20, Youth - $14 FDAC Members - Adults - $15, Youth - $10

Nov14

Melissa Lauren @ The Bassment

The Bassment, 202 4th Ave North, Saskatoon, SK

Melissa performs with her band as part of her West Canada Tour.

Tickets - $20 for Members, $25 for non members

Nov13

Melissa Lauren

The Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB

Melissa Lauren and her quartet play as part of the Yardbird Festival. With Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond on bass, and Morgan Childs on drums. Tickets: $18 for members, $22 for guests

Oct1

Melissa Lauren trio @ The Home Smith Jazz Bar

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The Home Smith Bar, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto

Melissa performs as part of the weekly jazz series. No Cover, $20 food and drink minimum.

Melissa Lauren showcase at The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Street , Toronto

Melissa and her band perform a showcase set for industry reps and the public. Followed by a set by The Chesterfields, Instrumental country with a twist.

Request Melissa on CBC radio: http://www.cbc.ca/hereandnowtoronto/contact/
Check Out My interview in Canadian Beats Magazine:

http://canadianbeats.ca/2015/10/25/interview-melissa-lauren/ 

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