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June 9, 2014

MELISSA BEL TO PLAY TORONTO'S 2014 NXNE FESTIVAL

Melissa is very excited to be performing for the first time at the 2014 NXNE Festival which is taking place from June 13th-22nd in Toronto. She will be playing at the Free Times Cafe (320 College St) on Friday, June 20 at 1am. To purchase festival tickets please visit: www.nxne.com/tickets 


November 15, 2013

Melissa Bel to inaugurate Montreal’s Rialto Hall on November 23, 2013

Following a series of highly acclaimed concerts across Quebec this summer, Melissa Bel will be back in Montreal on November 23rd. The Ontarian singer-songwriter will have the honor to inaugurate RIALTO HALL.

PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 15, 2013 - MONTREAL, Canada -- Montreal,- Following a series of highly acclaimed concerts across Quebec this summer, Melissa Bel will be back in Montreal on November 23rd. The Ontarian singer-songwriter will have the honor to inaugurate RIALTO HALL, the new charming and cozy cabaret located above Avenue du Parc’s Rialto Theatre, performing songs from her new album Don’t Forget To Breathe...

Full Press Release

May 21, 2013

 

     
     

(Montreal, Quebec, May 21, 2013) – Since her very first intimate concert in Montreal a year ago, Montreal concert goers have shown tremendous support for Melissa Bel.  So much that the Ontario-based singer-songwriter returned only three weeks later with a full band and has been playing there on a regular basis.  It came naturally then for Bel to choose Montreal for the official launch of her new album, Don’t Forget To Breathe.    

Our dear city, along with new hectic schedules that came with her growing popularity, have inspired Melissa when writing this new album:  "I don't think I've written a truer song than Don’t Forget To Breathe, and I don't think I could've picked a better title to represent the album.  It's so easy to lose yourself in the chaos of life and the crazy speed that we seem to function at, so this song is mostly a reminder to myself to be in the moment, and to just take a second to breathe."  For the first single, “C’est la Vie,” Melissa shares that ‘’It's basically about how life is too short to not go after what you want.  The story, that takes place on rue St-Denis, is about two people who decide it's time to disregard whatever it is that's been keeping them apart, and take a chance!  I have a particular liking for rue St-Denis because it was the street where I had my first gig in Quebec, and the street I continue to stay on most times I play in Quebec, so it's starting to feel like my home away from home. “

Tuesday June 4, Melissa Bel will be at Le Cheval Blanc to meet her new Montreal family and perform her new songs alongside fan-favourite guitarist Mike Todd.  Melissa will also take the opportunity to announce a series of summer concerts in Quebec.

Melissa Bel, Don’t Forget To Breathe album
Available on FrostByte Media June 4 in digital and physical formats

Preorder on iTunes starting May 21 and get the title track right away.


March 21, 2013

FrostByte Media’s Melissa Bel to Open for Canadian Music Icon Matthew Good in London England

FrostByte Media Inc.’s singer-songwriter, Melissa Bel, will open for Juno award winning artist Matthew Good in London, England this April.

-Two shows scheduled for April 8th and 9th 2013-

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Melissa Bel
Melissa Bel

PRLog (Press Release) - Mar. 20, 2013 - TORONTO, Canada -- FrostByte Media Inc.’s singer-songwriter, Melissa Bel, will open for Juno award winning artist Matthew Good in London, England this April. Bel – the Burlington Ontario native – will open both of Good’s concert dates in London on April 8th and 9th. Melissa Bel has been busy in the studio recording new material for an album that is expected to debut later this year. She recently released a single off her upcoming album called “All the Wrong Things” that was touted in New Canadian Music’s “Top Tracks of the Week” chart. Bel, had just returned from a performance in Montreal when informed that she will join label mate Matthew Good by opening both shows in London, England. "I'm incredibly honoured and excited to have this opportunity to open for such an iconic Canadian artist as Matthew Good. I can’t wait!" said Bel.

Matthew Good is a Canadian musician whose multi-platinum career has spanned almost two decades. Between 1995 and 2012, Good has released nine studio LPs, three EPs and a live album.  All of Goodʼs full length studio releases have achieved at least gold status and since 1999 none have debuted outside of the top five. Good’s substantial and ever-growing fan base outside of Canada has contributed to sales of over one million records worldwide. His most recent release, Old Fighters, is a collection of live and studio recorded tracks from his career to date. A new studio record is due out this fall.

At just 23, Melissa Bel has released 2 albums with a third album expected later this year. She performed a 14 day tour in Germany to kick off her first album, Brave, and continues to build a solid fan base touring on a regular basis promoting her recent EP, Distance, that was released last April.

“London music fans are in for a special treat in April when Melissa Bel opens for her music label mate, the extremely musically gifted Matthew Good, at these great UK venues,” added FrostByte Media’s Vice President/AR, Tom Treumuth.

UK Show times: April 8th at the Hoxton Square Bar & April 9th at The Lexington at 7:30


February 14, 2013

Melissa Bel Does ‘All The Right Things’ Kicks off 2013 with Montreal Performance and Single

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 14, 2013 - Melissa Bel Does ‘All The Right Things’, Kicking off 2013 with Montreal Performance and Single Release

Toronto, ON-  FrostByte Media Inc.--This year’s climate appears to be just right for young Canadian singer-songwriter Melissa Bel. With a new single available for download February 26th, an upcoming album release and her first performance of the year to be held at Petit Campus in Montreal March 2nd, it’s clear that this musician is delivering to her loyal fans what they want this year… more Melissa Bel.

Melissa will continue to impress her Montreal fans at Petit Campus by sharing the stage with acclaimed fingerstyle guitarists Stephane Tellier and Dan Livingstone. The evening will showcase a variety of material, including Bel’s highly anticipated single: “All The Wrong Things”. Featuring catchy lyrics, Bel’s throaty, soulful vocals and lively Motown-inspired backing, “All The Wrong Things” is a uniquely perfect first track to release in 2013.

In a recent interview with Bluesmontreal.com, Bel admitted that while she has a tendency to write songs about heartache, “All The Wrong Things” has a much lighter approach. The lyrics depict a lover who tries a little too hard to impress at the expense of always falling short of expectations, bringing her coffee cold or being late for her birthday. But Melissa Bel insists that she isn’t being critical. Instead the song serves an ode to all of his efforts doing: “all wrong things, but in the right way”.

Canadian audiences have long been receptive to Melissa Bel’s stage performances, praising her for having the raw talent and musical finesse of artists beyond her years. At 23 years old, Bel has developed a definite foothold in the Canadian music industry with two albums in the bag, a growing fan base and many headline performances alongside some of music’s heavyweights, including: Ron Sexsmith, Serena Ryder, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) and K-OS.

“All The Wrong Things” will be available for download at most digital outlets including itunes and Amazon February 26th.

Tickets to Melissa Bel’s concert at Petit Campus March 2nd can be purchased at http://www.admission.com/artist/melissa-bel-billets/912511

For a longer interview with Melissa Bel check out Sean Willoughby’s article at bluesmontreal.com


December 6, 2012

Frostbyte Media’s Melissa Bel to Perform New Christmas Single Dec. 13 on Andy Kim Christmas Show

Frostbyte Media Inc., Canadian singer/songwriter Melissa Bel will perform her newly released Holiday single “This Christmas Spend Your Time on Me” at this year’s Andy Kim Christmas Show December 13th.
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PRLog (Press Release) - Dec 05, 2012 - Frostbyte Media’s Singer/Songwriter Melissa Bel to Perform Her New Christmas Single Dec. 13th on the 8th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show in Toronto

Toronto, ON -- Frostbyte Media Inc.--Canadian singer/songwriter Melissa Bel will perform her newly released Holiday single “This Christmas Spend Your Time on Me” at this year’s Andy Kim Christmas Show December 13th. Bel, who recently returned from a performance at the Plantation Garden Theatre in Barbados has been busy playing numerous fundraising events throughout Ontario. She recently wrapped up a hectic weekend with appearances at the Special Olympics Gala in Toronto November 30th and Dec. 1st in St Catharines at the Autism Ontario annual Starlight Soiree fundraiser. The Burlington native introduced her new Christmas single at both venues that included over 1000 supportive guests receiving a complimentary digital download of “This Christmas Spend Your Time on Me”

The holiday single was released in November along with a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ht7l26I7OY&list=UL.  She continues her “Distance”

tour in Montreal, QC with a show at Le Petit Campus Dec. 12. The next evening Melissa Bel returns to Ontario where she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stage with Andy Kim, Ron Sexsmith, Colin James, Honeymoon Suite and many more at the 8th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. 100% of the profits from this year's show will go to the Jeff Healey Park musical project to incorporate a unique musical theme into the playground at the park. “It is always a privilege for me to be invited to share my music and support worthy charitable events. To be included in this awesome lineup up of musicians at this year’s Andy Kim Christmas Show is an honour and such a thrill for me” noted Bel.

October 30, 2012

Brand New Song Released on iTunes!

Melissa has released a new song, "I Should Be Happy", on iTunes as part of the Distance EP "Deluxe Version". Take a listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/distance-deluxe-version/id572122189


October 18, 2012

Oct. 16, 2012

Melissa's brand new, original Christmas single, "This Christmas (Spend Your Time On Me)", is now available on iTunes!

Click here to view on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/this-christmas-spend-your/id569211780


August 20, 2012

Melissa Bel electrifies at Honey Jam Showcase; on to Barbados to perform “Distance”

Melissa Bel has been selected as the winning act, among 17 talented artists in the Honey Jam Showcase that took place on August 16, 2012 at The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario, for the opportunity to perform in Barbados on November 17th.
PRLog (Press Release) - Aug 20, 2012 - Melissa Bel electrifies at Honey Jam Showcase; on to Barbados to perform “Distance”


(Toronto, Ont. – August 20, 2012) FrostByte Media is proud to announce that singer/songwriter Melissa Bel has been selected as the winning act, among 17 talented artists in the Honey Jam Showcase that took place on August 16, 2012 at The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario, for the opportunity to perform in Barbados on November 17th.

In June of this year, Melissa auditioned with hundreds of other female performers with her song, “Distance,” for a chance to be selected to perform at the showcase. Now, having heard her sing at the showcase, Honey Jam is presenting Melissa Bel with the chance to perform in a major venue in Barbados on November 17th (sponsored by The Barbados Tourism Authority). This great opportunity was awarded to the artist with a “warm open personality, showing reliability, professionalism, and talent, as well as demonstrating clear excitement and passion for the opportunity being offered,” whose promo video of the song they performed had the most youtube views, re-tweets and reaction from viewers.

Quite the criteria but Melissa met each one handily with just under 30,000 views and no one else coming close to approaching her. She performed the song “Distance” to a full house at The Mod Club and the crowd was electrified by her performance accompanied by guitarist Mike Todd.

For more information on Honey Jam visit honeyjam.com.
 

July 3, 2012

Melissa Bel to perform Distance at the Honey Jam Showcase

FrostByte Media’s singer/songwriter Melissa Bel has been selected as one of the featured artists at the Honey Jam Showcase on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario

Honey Jam 2012
Honey Jam 2012
 
(Toronto, ON) Frostbyte Media Inc. -- FrostByte Media’s singer/songwriter Melissa Bel has been selected as one of the featured artists at the Honey Jam Showcase on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario.

In June, Melissa auditioned with hundreds of other female performers with her song, “Distance”, the title track from her recently released EP.  Each performer was given approximately 60 seconds to audition their music before a set of judges.

The showcase is heavily advertised, including a promotional compilation CD with all the featured artist music included. Honey Jam also includes an opportunity for an artist to perform in Barbados as well as on Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist stage.

This news comes only days after Melissa Bel’s concert this past Tuesday, the 26th, at the Quai des Brumes in Montreal, Quebec.

“We wanted to make sure we’d get some kind of a crowd with at least the usual people at that venue, 5pm on a weekday.  However, we quickly noticed people cheered with unexpected enthusiasm - not only after the first song but throughout both sets, cheering louder when Melissa pushed her voice.... there was not a seat available!” recalls Melissa’s team. If this is the unexpected effect she had at the Quai des Brumes in Montreal, then fans and guests alike at the Honey Jam Showcase should be in for a great show.
Honey Jam, celebrating its 17th anniversary, is an all female multicultural multi-genre artist showcase produced by PhemPhat Entertainment Group, a non-profit organization which also provides educational and mentoring opportunities for artists as well as supports and promotes women charities such as the YWCA’s programs for women and girls.

Since 1995, PhemPhat has produced the successful all-female Honey Jam talent showcase featuring a wide variety of artists representing musical genres including pop, hip hop, jazz, gospel, reggae, country, blues, r&b, dance, rock. The Honey Jams are stellar showcases of homegrown talent. Hundreds of artists have played for capacity crowds including their most famous alum Nelly Furtado as well as Jully Black, Anjulie, Kellylee Evans, Reema Major and many more.

For more information on Melissa Bel visit melissa-bel.com or her label FrostByte Media at frostbytemedia.net. For more on Honey Jam visit honeyjam.com.

Honey Jam Showcase
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Mod Club
722 College Street, Toronto
Doors open 7pm, Showtime 8pm sharp
$20 advance tickets
$25 at the door
This is a 19+ event
Tickets available at:
Play De Record
357 Yonge Street, Toronto


June 19, 2012

Media Darlin’ Melissa Bel’s Busy Month Taking Over The Radio Waves

FrostByte Media’s Canadian singer/songwriter Melissa Bel takes to the road with new CD, Distance
Melissa Bel
Melissa Bel (Photo by Erin Kellam)

PRLog (Press Release) - Jun 19, 2012 -
Media Darlin’ Melissa Bel’s Busy Month Taking Over The Radio Waves
FrostByte Media’s Canadian singer/songwriter takes to the road with new CD, Distance

Toronto, ON- FrostByte Media Inc.--Everyone wants a piece of Melissa Bel these days. The Burlington native has been making her rounds in Ontario promoting her new album, Distance, playing every type of venue stocking a microphone. Along the way she managed to give an interview and performance on 91.7 Giant FM, followed by a couple of interviews for AM 610 talk radio on The Larry Fedoruk Show before and after the Niagara Wine Expo that took place last month. That in turn led to an article from entertainment writer, Nicole Le Jeune that was published in the Welland Tribune and available online throughout Niagara. “Bel’s style is definitely an interesting one. She’s part soul, part blues and a lot of rock ’n’ roll infused with pop for good measure, but what’s been getting her the most fanfare is her strikingly powerful voice.” Nicole Le Jeune, for the Tribune. You can read the full article here http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/06/13/melissa-bel-making-waves-with-distance

Melissa Bel on The Larry Fedoruk Show on talk radio AM610 May 16th
http://soundcloud.com/frostbytemedia/melissa-bel-interview-larry

Melissa Bel Phone Interview on The Larry Fedoruk Show on talk radio AM610 May 24th
http://soundcloud.com/frostbytemedia/melissa-bel-larry-fedoruk

Wavemakers Magazine, the Toronto based publication, was able to steal a few minutes of Melissa’s time as well to get a great, in-depth interview where she shares her experiences on the process, challenges, and influences in the art of song writing.

“Melissa… has something that not many of us are gifted with, and it is the driving force that will eventually gain her international recognition. The fresh-faced, petite 22-year-old has a dynamic voice that is saturated with soul! Her voice will make any long-time music enthusiast nostalgic of a past when a singer’s voice was enough to capture the attention of hundreds, but it is contemporary enough to stop a novice listener on their tracks.” - Wave Maker Magazine

You can read the full interview at http://wavemakermagazine.com/2012/06/11/introducing-blues-singersongwriter-melissa-bel/

Last Friday Bel’s music was introduced on the 26 station syndicated radio show, “Confessing the Blues”, with Cleve Baker on the 2 artists 2 song segment. The three hour program airs for the full week reaching five countries http://www.confessingtheblues.info/.

With her first of many gigs in Quebec, starting with the June 26th show at the Quai des Brumes in Montreal, Melissa is giving her east coast fans a chance to experience the album live, the way it’s meant to be heard.


May 19, 2012

Melissa Bel‘s Video “Distance” Gets Released Through FrostByte Media Inc

Melissa Bel‘s Video “Distance” Gets Released Through FrostByte Media Inc. Giving Fans A First Real Look At This Artist’s Many Talents
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PRLog (Press Release) - May 18, 2012

TORONTO, ON — FrostByte Media Inc. confirmed today that soul and blues artist Melissa Bel has released her video for “Distance” online as the first for her sophomore album bearing the same name.

Fans have long awaited the newly released video for her album’s title track, “Distance,” to finally put a face to the unique and now familiar voice. Melissa gives a brilliant performance which really captivates the tone of the song. With the help of director Figz! of Figvarati Films, they work together to create a post break-up atmosphere of solitary introspection, lost in the halls of your thoughts and feeling like you’re miles away from home.

As you listen you can hear Bel’s heart bleeding all over the track while Figz! captures the beautiful singer coping, leading us to think that if she’s hurting, the guy must be howling.

Melissa Bel performs on stage like she’s playing host to the blues spectres of 1940s Chicago. Her powerful voice bursts out of a petite, fresh-faced 22-year-old delivering notes strong enough to carry the heavy feel of her music while maintaining an air of elegance.

For her sophomore album, Distance, Bel pours her heart out into six songs that are expected to bring her name and music into homes across North America and Europe. The record includes “Over And Done With,” a resolute, wash-your-hands-of-him break-up song and also a stirring rendition of Bill Withers’ 1971 classic “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

The avenues in sound and emotion explored on this record will resonate with audiences everywhere.

May 14, 2012

"Distance" EP reaches No. 1 in it's 3rd week on Montreal's CIBL Jazz/Blues Chart!!

CS
Artistes
Titres
Étiquettes
1
Melissa Bel*
Distance EP
Frostbyte
2
Joel Miller
Swim
Origin Records
3
Trio Sylvain Picard*
Airs à faire frire
Indépendant
4
Dr. John
Locked Down
Nomesuch/Warner
5
Peter Karp/Sue Foley
Beyond The Crossroad
Blind Pig Records
6
Eric Bibb
Deeper in The Well
Stony Plain
7
Yoël Diaz*
Origen
Dsiques Artic
8
Karl Jannuska*
The Halfway Tree
PJU Records
9
Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa
Alma
Tuk Music
10
Caravan Palace
Panic
Café de la danse/La tribu

May 10, 2012

Melissa is currently #3 on Montreal's CIBL Jazz/Blues chart!

CS
Artistes
Titres
Étiquettes
1
Joel Miller
Swim
Origin Records
2
Peter Karp/Sue Foley
Beyond The Crossroad
Blind Pig Records
3
Melissa Bel*
Distance EP
Frostbyte
4
Caravan Palace
Panic
Café de la danse/La tribu
5
Trio Sylvain Picard*
Airs à faire frire
Indépendant
6
Eric Bibb
Deeper in The Well
Stony Plain
7
Susie Arioli ft. Jordan Officer*
All The Way
Spectra Musique
8
Dr. john
Locked Down
Nomesuch/Warner
9
Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa
Alma
Tuk Music
10
Michael Gibbs and the NDR Big Band
Back in the Days
Cuneiform

March 1, 2012

Here is the official Press Release for the launch of "Distance"
http://www.prlog.org/11811025-frostbyte-media-inc-to-release-singersongwriter-melissa-bels-latest-ep-distance.html


February 17, 2012

Welcome to the brand new Official Melissa Bel website. The new EP "Distance" is now available on iTunes and will be released in stores throughout Canada on April 10th!