CANADA / Roots Rock

Not many bands play their very first show opening for legendary Canadian rockers. Then again, not many bands are quite like Midnight Shine.

When singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland from Attawapiskat was invited to open for Trooper in Timmins in 2011, there was one condition: he performs with a band. So Adrian pulled together Zach Tomatuk (guitar – Moose Factory), Stan Louttit (bass – Moose Factory), and George Gillies (drums/vocals – Fort Albany) and Midnight Shine was born. The Northern Ontario foursome has been together ever since, with a winning combination of energy, experience, and passion, and a distinct style that seamlessly blends roots, classic and modern rock.

They’ve so far released two albums, Midnight Shine and Northern Man, commercial-quality radio-friendly recordings that are quietly making ever-widening ripples among fans, industry, and media, and creating an impressive and compelling sonic identity that is turning heads. They also caught the attention of Ralph James, one of Canada’s most renowned booking agents. He knew right away that Midnight Shine has something special, signed the band to his roster at United Talent Agency, and is now one of their biggest supporters and industry champions.

Midnight Shine’s music is anchored by Sutherland’s captivating vocals, eloquent lyrics, and enigmatic personality. At the heart is a strong sense of melody, attributed to Adrian’s background as a solo artist, used to crafting songs on acoustic guitar. Setting Midnight Shine apart from other rock bands is the depth of Adrian’s exploration of his Cree culture, tradition, and life in the North. Hailing from the remote community of Attawapiskat, his experiences are reflected in the songs – making Midnight Shine’s music all the more meaningful, while at the same time, universal.

They’re a ‘must-hear’ band you’ll take a real shine to.