National Indigenous Peoples Day:


Attawapiskat ON via Winnipeg MB (06.17.19) -- Midnight Shine will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with headline concerts in Sudbury and Toronto on back-to-back dates:


Sudbury, Ontario
National Indigenous Peoples Day presented by N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre 12:00pm – 9:00pm / Midnight Shine onstage @ 7:00pm
Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, Bell Park
Free Family Event
**This headlining concert marks Midnight Shine’s first Sudbury performance

Toronto, Ontario
Indigenous Arts Festival presented by City of Toronto
12:00pm – 10:00pm / Midnight Shine onstage @ 8:30pm
Fort York National Historic Site
Free Family Event
**First headlining concert in Toronto!

Additional shows coming up this summer include:

  • July 19 & 20 – Vancouver Folk Music Festival
  • July 21 – Bella Coola Music Festival
  • August 17 – Moose N Fiddle Music Festival


Midnight Shine’s third music video, Leather Skin, recently debuted at the Yorkton Film Festival and features the spectacular James Bay coastline. Inspired long ago by Coldplay’s beach video for hit song Yellow… Adrian Sutherland dreamed of one day shooting his own music video on the uninhabited beaches near his home. And one rainy afternoon last October, that’s exactly what he did.

Adrian, his wife Judy, a production crew of three, and a boat filled with camera gear took off from Attawapiskat, heading north along the Attawapiskat River to the frigid open waters of the James Bay. They eventually reached the Twin Islands – a place mapped within geographical boundaries of Nunavut, even though its traditional territory of Ontario’s Mushkegowuk Cree.

The Twin Islands are gorgeous, desolate, and not at all easy to get to – or stay at. Once landed on shore, the crew had merely two hours to shoot and get off the beach or get stranded until the tide rolled around again 24 hours later. The boat had to continually be pried away from the beach during those two hours, too, with an ever-receding tide and fierce ocean winds constantly threatening to run them aground.

Leather Skin is a song about resilience, and it’s Sutherland’s personal favorite from third album High Road. With footage from the Twin Islands intercut with shots on the dusty dusky streets of Attawapiskat, the Leather Skin video shows both sides of Adrian’s life – the pursuit of music in the contemporary world, juxtaposed with his simple traditional life out on the land. And with the music video shot in Ontario and Nunavut, a video crew from Manitoba, BC, and Ontario, and a debut in Saskatchewan… Leather Skin makes for a very special piece of Canadiana cinema.

The coolest thing of all, though… was unexpected unseasonal weather that ended up tying the video together in the most unbelievable and serendipitous way…


Midnight Shine’s version of Heart of Gold recently surpassed 201,000 views on YouTube, with new fans from around the world continuing to discover it every day. The video is being called “joyful, beautiful, important, and truly Canadian,” and the song continues to be featured on radio stations across North America.

Debut video I Need Angels draws attention to the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous communities, particularly in Canada’s North. The stunning video, released six months ago, has been labeled “passionate and powerful” and is resonating with many. It is now approaching 80,000 views on YouTube.

Midnight Shine are currently in post-production on their fourth music video, Lonely Boy, a song Sutherland wrote about his father. It will be the first music video that features the full-band and uses actors to convey the story. Production took place in Winnipeg on May 18 and 19, with the video release expected for early August. 

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