Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Midnight Shine Bio

Adrian Sutherland – lead vocals/guitar – Attawapiskat ON
Stan Louttit – bass/vocals – Moose Factory ON
Zach Tomatuk – guitar/vocals – Moose Factory ON
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. A ‘must-hear’ band you’ll take a real shine to…
CBC’s The National with Wendy Mesley
CTV’s Canada AM
CTV’s Morning Live
Toronto Star
National Post
The Canadian Press
Ottawa Citizen
SOCAN’S Words + Music
VICE Canada
CBC Radio’s Unreserved
Video for Sister Love
Video for Northern Man
CMW performance James Bay
CMW performance Hopeless Romantic
Adrian Sutherland Heart of Gold (cover)
Midnight Shine’s third album comes out February 23, 2018, with two different producers 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).

Midnight Shine 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.
Three tracks reached #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown – Sister Love, In the Midst and Northern Man. The band’s debut single Since You Been Gone climbed to #2, and follow up single Over You peaked at #9.
Adrian Sutherland – a self-taught hockey player – was offered a spot in the 2017 JUNO Cup in Ottawa, and performed at JUNO Cup Jam. His high-level hockey skills got him invited back for 2018 JUNO Cup, this time in Vancouver.
“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
“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
“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