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Adrian Sutherland

Midnight Shine Music
Attawapiskat, ON, Canada
Adrian Sutherland comes from Attawapiskat on the remote coast of the James Bay. He’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and frontman of roots-rockers Midnight Shine, with meaningful music and messages that are resonating across Canada and beyond.

Adrian is a father of four, grandfather of four, and hard-working husband, proud of who he is and where he comes from. He speaks his Cree language, is a respected cultural leader, practices traditional ways of the land, and is a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. Passionate about working with youth, Adrian is an Artist Ambassador for Downie Wenjack Fund, and Master Corporal with Attawapiskat’s Canadian Ranger Patrol where he leads young people in wilderness initiatives. He previously launched a music program with support from MusiCounts, and was instrumental in bringing ArtsCan Circle to his community.

With an important and growing voice on many issues in Canada, Adrian speaks from his mind, while caring from his heart. He is an insightful and resilient advocate who brings a first-hand perspective to the challenges faced by Attawapiskat and other First Nations, like contaminated water, housing shortages, addiction, and suicide. At this time of growing awareness around Reconciliation, Adrian is hopeful for all Canadians to continue taking steps together.