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MIDNIGHT SHINE: Live TV Concert & Winnipeg ‘Homecoming’

MIDNIGHT SHINE: Live TV Concert & Winnipeg ‘Homecoming’

Roots/rockers Midnight Shine, who have been lighting up the music world all the way from the remote coast of the James Bay, will perform in Winnipeg for the very first time. Catch Midnight Shine at Indigenous Day Live at The Forks, in celebration of Canada’s first National Indigenous Peoples Day:

June 23 – Winnipeg MB
Indigenous Day Live Concert
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Televised live on APTN
Streamed live at aptn.ca

“We’re excited to finally be performing in Winnipeg,” says Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland, who hails from the isolated community of Attawapiskat in Northern Ontario. “Our manager lives in Winnipeg, and our agent is originally from Winnipeg, so it feels like a bit of a homecoming for us. It’s also known as a great music city, so we’re looking forward to finally bringing our music to Winnipeg.”

Midnight Shine will bring their music to all of Canada at the same time, too… with APTN broadcasting live from three cities on June 23 – Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto – for their Indigenous Day Live concert featuring Midnight Shine along with artists like Walk Off The Earth, William Prince, Logan Staats, Kardinal Offishall, Lido Pimienta, Tom Wilson, Julian Taylor Band, and more.


June 25 – Timmins ON
Stars and Thunder Festival
With Blue Rodeo and Colin James

June 27 – Webequie First Nation ON
Community Concert

July 1 – London ON
Trackside Music Festival

August 25 – Collingwood ON
Blue Mountain Village

September 8 – Vancouver BC
SKOOKUM Festival


Midnight Shine released their highly-anticipated third album, High Road, in March 2018. It’s an album about resilience, something Sutherland knows firsthand: “Growing up in a place like Attawapiskat was a real challenge. Resilience is something I had to learn at an early age, and it became part of who I am. A lot of the songs I’m writing keep coming back to being resilient, and not giving up.”

Two producers worked on High Road, helping take Midnight Shine’s music and talent to new places. John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) recorded seven songs at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario, and Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) recorded two tracks at The Woodshed in Toronto.

Something new for Midnight Shine is adding touches of cultural embellishments to their music, like hand-drumming, occasional Mushkegowuk Cree lyrics, even a little creatively-placed pow wow. The result is a roots/rock band pushing musical boundaries and boldly taking new strides, while staying true to who they are and where they come from.

The lead single is an exceptional cover of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold, bringing a timely new sound to this timeless classic. Midnight Shine’s version is distinctly different, yet honours the heart and soul of the original. Even Neil Young’s own biographer was impressed:

“Quite a fascinating version of Neil’s song. Love the First Nations’ feel of it. Very cool.”
— John Einarson, Neil Young Biographer & Music Historian


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

When Adrian Sutherland from Attawapiskat was offered opening spot for Trooper in Timmins, he reeled in some Northern Ontario musicians to form temporary band Midnight Shine. Their intention was to make the most of this one-off performance. Eight years, six 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 life in the far North. They’re a must-hear band you’ll take a real shine to… www.midnightshineonline.com

Adrian Sutherland and Midnight Shine would like to recognize Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council for believing in the band and providing financial support.

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