"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.
"Your Mess" music vide0
Choosing an Album
Debuting songs from their upcoming duo album..Help us decide what tunes make it on.. With Ben Riley on Drums and Tyler Emond on Bass, Nathan Hiltz guitar.
Melissa Lauren Trio @ Home Smith Bar
With Eric St-Laurent on guitar and Tyler Emond on bass. $20 food and drink minimum.
Kensington Market Jazz Festival
As part of the 2nd Annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival.
Melissa Lauren and Nathan Hiltz @ 120 Diner
Previewing songs from their upcoming duo album..
Melissa Lauren quartet at Opus Jazz Club
With Sly Juhas on drums, Marton Suto on guitar and Zoltan on bass.
With pianist Piotr Wylezol, 20$/15$ PLN
Melissa Lauren and Singer Steven Taetz pay tribute to the MANY love songs from the American Song Book. :)
"In The Can" - A Musical Fundraiser for Children's Aid Foundation
When Toronto songstress Melissa Lauren found out she was expecting a baby, it was a wonderful surprise to say the least. But what came as more of a surprise was the instant shift from within: suddenly, everyone was a baby in need of mothering. As someone who always shied away from children this was a jarring adjustment. In an attempt to productively deal with the (sometimes disproportionate) maternal instinct, Lauren bringing her best asset forward, and calling on her musical friends for a night of song.
“In The Can”: A Musical Fundraiser for Children’s Aid Foundation will feature some of the city’s finest singers and songwriters showcasing some of their best new work. Taking Place at Hugh’s Room on January 19th the show will feature Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Lori Cullen, Devin Cuddy, Alex Pangman, Genevieve Marentete, Ori Dagon, Whitney Ross Baris, Darcy Windover, Annie Bonsignore, The O'Pears, Jessica Stuart, Melissa and more, backed by a house band of Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond on bass and Dave MacDougall on drums.
The idea is to invite the singers to showcase a yet to be released song, workshop it so to speak, or debut something on it’s way in or out of the recording studio (hence, in the can.)“ These are some of my favourite singers in the city, and many have said they have the perfect song for this project. Some may even write something new…I would love to turn this into an annual event.” says Melissa. “ I have some personal ties to Children’s Aid, and this seemed like the right time to do a non-vanity project..finally! “
The Children's Aid Foundation is Canada's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved with the child welfare system. It supports and delivers a broad range of high-impact programs and services that directly serve vulnerable children and youth across Canada. Its programs address the many complex needs in the four key needs areas of education, healing and recovery, enrichment and prevention. Children's Aid Foundation works in partnership with over 60 child welfare agencies and youth-serving partners Canada-wide to impact its target population.
With proceeds going to the CAF, the night will feature two sets of songs, some surprise guests, and a silent auction.
“The first time around, all I can hope for is to have some fun, support each other as musicians, and make some money for a great cause. As emotional an issue it is, I plan on making the evening fun, joyful and sprinkled with laughs.”
“In The Can” takes place on January 19th, 8:30pm at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street. Ticket’s are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased by calling (416) 531-6604 or visiting www.hughsroom.com.
Melissa Lauren and Nathan Hiltz @ Free Times Cafe
Part of the new live music series, Melissa and Nathan debut a a set of originals inspired by their trip to Nashville, and some classic holiday tunes. Tickets $!2
Melissa Lauren and Ken Lindsay @ Cafe California
Backed by Ken Lindsay on piano, Melissa will sing a collection of their favourite standards, show tunes, and holiday favourites. TOGETHER AGAIN AFTER 2 YEARS! :)
Menu Soup or salad
Entrée: choice of salmon or filet mignon or lamb (for vegetarian dinner, please let us know in advance)
Dessert Coffee / selection of teas
Cost and Reservations: A celebratory evening with great food, entertainment and a friendly crowd, all for $40 (alcoholic beverages extra).
To reserve, call Peter
Skaliks by Wednesday, Nov. 30
Melissa Lauren @ The Home Smith Bar
Part of their weekly jazz series.
No Cover, $20 Food and Drink Minimum
Melissa Lauren @ The Local Gest
No Cover With Eric St-Laurent on guitar
Savoury and Sweet, Niagara Falls
An intimate 3 course dinner jazz series. With Nathan Hiltz on guitar.
For reservations, call: (905) 295-2000
Tuesdays at The Rex in April
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.