Midnight Shine

1 Nomination

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They came together by chance. They stayed together for a shot.

When Adrian Sutherland from the isolated community of Attawapiskat was offered opening spot for Trooper in Timmins, he reeled in three other musicians from the remote James Bay region to form Midnight Shine. Their intention was to make the most of this one-off performance. Eight years, three albums, six Top 10 IMC radio singles, and 200+ media stories later… you could say they have.

Turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree, Midnight Shine has been lighting up the music world with songs that share a glimpse of life in Canada’s far North. They continue to push musical boundaries and boldly take new strides, while staying true to who they are and where they come from. A must-hear band you’ll take a real shine to.

MEDIA QUOTES:

“Sutherland’s lyrics dance between truthfully portraying the hardship of northern life and celebrating that there’s nowhere else he’d rather be… He doesn’t diminish the ongoing crisis in Attawapiskat, but he wants to let some light into the picture.” – Nick Patch, Toronto Star

“This band's confidence has exploded and their sound is Canada's Northern roots married to a James Bay soundscape... A band on the rise, no doubt…” – Timmins Daily Press

"Quite a fascinating version of Neil’s song. Love the First Nations’ feel of it. Very cool...” - John Einarson, Neil Young Biographer & Music Historian

"Putting a fresh spin on a classic is a tough task, but James Bay-area Indigenous roots-rockers Midnight Shine manages to do just that. The familiar strummed guitar intro is accompanied by wailing Indigenous vocals that grab your attention instantly... Adrian Sutherland delivers a heartfelt and convincing vocal performance, and a section of the tune is sung in his Cree language. We reckon Neil would approve." - Kerry Doole, FYI Music News

“There is heart and fire in this band, and terrific vocal performance which at times conjures Neil Young. All who’ve picked up a guitar have given a shot at a bit of Uncle Neil, but singer Adrian Sutherland comes organically closer to the heart of what makes early Young so haunting than anyone else we’ve seen in years... A band to watch…” – Jacqueline Howell, DISARM Magazine

“Their sound has an undeniable air of accessibility that, while reflecting its members’ roots, fits comfortably between the hooks of Train and Matchbox Twenty.” – David Friend, The Canadian Press

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

Midnight Shine’s highly-anticipated third album, High Road, was released in the spring of 2018, with two different producers: John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) recorded seven songs at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario, and Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) recorded two tracks at The Woodshed in Toronto (studio owned by Blue Rodeo).

Something new for Midnight Shine is adding touches of cultural embellishments to their music, with hand-drumming, occasional Cree lyrics, and a little creatively-placed pow wow. The lead single on High Road is an exceptional cover of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold, bringing a timely new sound to this timeless Canadian classic.

Midnight Shine’s presence at 2016 Canadian Music Week sparked a massive media buzz resulting in 165+ stories – including a sit-down interview with Wendy Mesley for CBC’s The National, front page of the Toronto Star, live performance on CTV’s Canada AM, two Canadian Press stories, featured video on Daily Vice, full stories in the National Post, Metro Canada, Hamilton Spectator, Winnipeg Free Press, Calgary Herald, and many more. Media outlets from Victoria to Charlottetown picked up their extraordinary story – possibly making Midnight Shine the first ever “indie” band to garner nationwide media attention before ever setting foot on tour…

Three tracks reached #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown (IMC), featured on Sirius XM Canada and stations across the country – Sister Love, In the Midst and Northern Man. Debut single Since You Been Gone climbed to #2, and Over You peaked at #9. Heart of Gold recently reached #3.

Frontman Adrian Sutherland – a self-taught hockey player – was offered a spot in Ottawa’s 2017 JUNO Cup, and JUNO Cup Jam. His high-level skills got him invited back once again for the 2018 JUNO Cup in Vancouver, where the Rockers nearly won…

In addition to making contemporary roots-rock music, Adrian is a traditional knowledge keeper of the Mushkegowuk Cree, speaks his language, participates in seasonal harvests, and is a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. He is a father, grandfather, hard-working husband, and cultural leader, proud of who he is, and where he comes from. An inspiration to people all over the north, Adrian is a role model who brings hope to people in places where hope can be hard to find.

Nominations

  • 2018 Best Radio Single for In the Midst

Albums

High Road

High Road Midnight Shine

Released: February 23rd, 2018

Producer: John-Angus MacDonald (Producer), Tim Vesely (Producer), Darren Magierowski (Engineer), Jill Zimmermann (Engineer), Joao Carvalho (Mastering) , N/A

Northern Man

Northern Man Midnight Shine

Released: October 15th, 2014

Midnight Shine

Midnight Shine Midnight Shine

Songs

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"Leather Skin" from High Road

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"Heart of Gold (Cover) " from High Road

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"Sister Love" from High Road

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"High Road" from High Road

Northern Man

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"In The Midst" from Northern Man

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"Northern Man" from Northern Man

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"Hopeless Romantic" from Midnight Shine

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"Indian in Disguise" from Midnight Shine

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"James Bay" from Midnight Shine

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"Since You Been Gone" from Midnight Shine

Videos

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