18th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute

18th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute

Shikha Sehgal, Melanie Peterson, Cosima & Rosie

Thu, May 24, 2018

8:30 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Katey Morley
Katey Morley
Katey Morley’s music follows few rules, weaving together singable yet unexpected melodies, and effortlessly fusing her lifelong loves of country, jazz, folk and pop music.

Self-taught composer and eclectic multi-instrumentalist, Katey plays dulcimer, autoharp, piano and percussion, but it is her voice that captivates listeners and has earned her a loyal following. Soft and vulnerable for a moment, and then suddenly unleashed, it is a powerfully dynamic instrument, drawing comparisons to the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Sia, and K.D. Lang.

Her EP NOW (Aug, 2016) is a collection of new songs, all of which swell from deep sources. Katey is a storyteller, and her words, borne of experience and rooted in reflection, invite the listener to see as well as hear.

Produced by Tom McKay (Joydrop, Sate, Nightcrawlers), NOW features the talents of some of Canada’s finest musicians: Greg Keyes (Neverest, Lindsay Broughton), Bret Higgins (Great Lake Swimmers, Serena Ryder), Steve York (Mercy Flight, The Pinch), Jodeye Brummell (Towers, Bella Clava), Louis Simao (Nelly Furtado, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Michael Occipinti) and many more.

NOW will be released in August 2016, with the first single “Didn’t You” being released on August 22, 2016. A companion collection called “Then” will be release on Sept 1, 2017, featuring 5 unreleased songs, including the classic “Noah” and the love song for Toronto, “Big Smoke”.

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Katey began singing and playing at a very young age. As a teen, she studied for 3 years with acclaimed vocal teacher Elaine Overholt (Francisco Yates, Queen Latifah and many more). Soon after, she left Jazz studies at York University to front the band Gypsy Soul (Resort/Universal Records), toured North America with Minneapolis folk-rockers Bobby Llama, and returned home to record her first solo album, Phor.

Over the last decade, she has been producing and recording original songs, while supporting herself as a world-touring club DJ and session singer. With Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) and producer Scott Currie (Emily Haines), she recorded the award winning “Noah” (Great American Song Contest), capturing the attention of the legendary Garth Hudson of The Band, who travelled to Toronto to perform organ and accordion on four of Katey’s original songs.
Shikha Sehgal
Shikha Sehgal
Shikha is a Toronto based singer-songwriter. Having had her debut performance live in Canada's largest art museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario at the age of 14, she has been showcasing her talents ever since internationally in Australia, Indonesia, India, Ireland and Canada. Recently on tour with The Digable Planets throughout the US, Shikha has returned to her hometown inspired by her love for folk music and its muse, the Ukulele.


"Her originality is expressed boldly through her eccentric musical taste and through a sincere desire to share a simple and sweet melody."
Melanie Peterson
Melanie Peterson
Blessed with an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has boldly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene.

About two sides of love, Melanie is now set to launch a new summer EP release called ‘Two’.

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 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’ in April 2013 at The Piston in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful southern Ontario tour.

Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs, she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as a parting gift. She then began the second leg of her artistic journey: songwriting and performing her songs live. The feedback she got each time she ventured out to play her songs for Toronto audiences was encouraging. She was invited to host and perform her original songs in a monthly female singer-songwriter night at the renowned Cameron House. The show was called ‘Girls Girls Girls’, held on the second Saturday of every month between September 2010 and December 2012. Melanie, along side many of Toronto’s top female singer-songwriters, packed that room. Melanie’s songwriting skills improved rapidly during this period due to her regular exposure to her songwriting peers and her audience’s hunger for new songs.

Melanie released a five song EP in 2011 called ‘After The Fall’ and the reviews were encouraging.

Her follow up full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ was well received by critics and fans alike. Many of the songs from ‘Unbreakable’ received spins on BBC, CBC, various indie and college radio stations and Mediazoic Internet radio which lead to considerable iTunes and Bandcamp digital sales.

Melanie’s song “Lucky Me” was recently chosen, out of hundreds of submissions, to be included in Toronto’s Music 311 winter 2015-2016 playlist.

Melanie followed the release of ‘Unbreakable’, with a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’, which was part of a six-week digital download campaign in which Melanie released one new cover song every week from April 28, 2014 to June 1, 2014.

Then, with a grant from FACTOR, Melanie Peterson, once again teamed up with producer and band member Mitch Girio to produce her sophomore album ‘Anywhere from Here’, which she released on March 16, 2016 at The Piston in Toronto.

The album feedback was positive and Melanie toured through Ontario and Quebec in the summer of 2016. She also played shows in Edmonton, Vancouver, St. John and Halifax in March 2017 thanks to the Via Rail ‘Artists On Board Program’, which allowed her to “play her way across the country”.

In November 2016, Melanie received a FACTOR artist development grant, which she used to record and promote an original holiday single titled “Santa’s Sleigh”. The single was produced by award winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor and Buffy St. Marie), and was released to radio stations across Canada in December 2016.

In early 2017, renowned SKA artist Susan Cadogan recorded a cover of Melanie’s folk song “Truth Talking” and released it as a single. “The legendary Susan Cadogan sings a rootsy rocksteady love song in her unmistakable voice, with a sweet lyric by Melanie Peterson that could have been written a thousand years ago or last week.” ~ SKA’D For LIFE, ska4u.com.

Melanie’s most current project is a two-song EP titled ‘Two’. Produced by Mitch Girio, it will be released on July 14, 2017, with Ontario tour dates to follow.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca