Midnight Shine

1 Nomination

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

When singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland from Attawapiskat was offered opening spot for Trooper in Timmins, he reeled in some musicians from remote Northern Ontario to form temporary band Midnight Shine. Their intention was to make the most of this one-off performance. Eight years, five Top 10 radio singles, three albums, and 200+ media stories later… you could say they have.

Turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock, Midnight Shine’s music is anchored by eloquent lyrics and heartfelt vocals that share a glimpse of what life is like in the far North.

Midnight Shine’s third album will be released February 23, 2018. Two different producers worked on the project: John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) recorded seven songs with the band at Jukasa Studios in Six Nations, and Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) recorded two tracks at The Woodshed in Toronto (studio owned by Blue Rodeo).

The band kicked off their first-ever tour at 2017 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest on the mainstage, prior to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. They also played Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Guelph, Timmins, Thunder Bay, and more.

A few media quotes about Midnight Shine:

“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

“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

Nominations

  • 2018 Best Radio Single for In the Midst

Albums

Northern Man

Northern Man Midnight Shine

Released: October 15th, 2014

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Songs

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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