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Northern Man

by Midnight Shine

This Northern Ontario foursome has a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock, in a Canadiana style that captures the listener while exploring culture, tradition, and life in the North with depth and meaning.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Midst
3:53 $2.00
2. Northern Man
3:50 $2.00
3. Let Me Go
2:30 $2.00
4. Against All Odds
3:18 $2.00
5. Hey C'mon Now
3:17 $2.00
6. Northern Lights
3:45 $2.00
7. Shoes
4:01 $2.00
8. Meant to Fly
3:26 $2.00
9. Over You
3:07 $2.00
10. Here I Am
4:26 $2.00
11. It's Alright
4:51 $2.00
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Album Notes
Not many bands play their very first show opening for legendary Canadian rockers. But then again, not many bands are quite like Midnight Shine.

When singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland was invited to open for Trooper in Timmins in 2011, there was one condition: he perform with a band. So he pulled together Zach Tomatuk (guitar/vocals), Stan Louttit (bass/vocals), and George Gillies (drums/vocals), and Midnight Shine was born. "We gelled really fast," recalls Adrian. "We played in front of 1,000 people that very first show, and they were blown away. After that, we knew we had to keep it going."

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.

Midnight Shine’s refreshing rock sound was first captured on Midnight Shine, their debut album released in 2013. Outstanding first single Since You Been Gone was picked up by rock stations across Canada. CBC Radio programmed it into their rock channel, and the National Aboriginal Music Countdown saw it climb to #2 on their Top 40 chart. Renowned music journalist Alan Cross selected it as one of his favourite new tracks, citing the band’s “rootsy rock-pop” style.

Since You Been Gone 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. “I heard one track and thought, if these guys play live as well as they sound on the recording, I think we’re on to something here,” says James. “And they do.” Ralph has since signed the band onto his roster at United Talent Agency (formerly The Agency Group), and is now one of Midnight Shine's biggest supporters and industry champions.

In the fall of 2014, Midnight Shine released sophomore album Northern Man, confirming the foursome is the “real deal.” They introduced catchy feel-good first single Over You to a live television audience on Canada AM. They were invited back to perform again on Canada AM two years later, while in town for Canadian Music Week. This time they released title-track Northern Man – a tribute to the band’s James Bay home and Cree culture, backed by driving rock beat, heavy bass, and traces of pow wow. Northern Man received spins on radio stations across Canada, features on SiriusXM, CBC Radio, and 94.9 The Rock in Toronto, and locked down the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown for three weeks.

Midnight Shine was invited to showcase at Canadian Music Week in 2016, with a performance at Boots & Bourbon, and featured in the line-up for United Talent Agency’s showcase at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The band’s presence at CMW was a phenomenal success, creating a massive media buzz resulting in 165+ media stories, including a sit-down interview with Wendy Mesley for CBC’s The National, front page of the entertainment section of the Toronto Star, live performance and interview on CTV’s Canada AM, two Canadian Press stories with photographs, featured video on Daily Vice, full stories with photographs in the National Post, Metro News Canada, Hamilton Spectator, Winnipeg Free Press, Calgary Herald, Halifax Chronicle Herald, and many many more. Media outlets across Canada, from Victoria to Charlottetown, picked up their extraordinary story – quite possibly making Midnight Shine the first ever “indie” band to garner nationwide media coverage without even setting foot on tour…

Midnight Shine’s material 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.

"Some of the music is about who I am and where I come from," Sutherland explains. "I've always wanted to share some of my background and beliefs through music. Everybody has a story and I think it's important for First Nations people to shed positive light on our culture and values."

In addition to making contemporary music, Sutherland sings in a traditional drum group, takes part in ceremonies, and is a genuine example of someone who lives and pays homage to his culture. He cares about his people of the north, figuratively as well as literally, through his work as a paramedic, his job as Chief Executive Officer for economic development in his community, and his role as a father and grandfather. He is proud of who he is, and where he comes from.

While Sutherland’s home is often the subject of negative media attention, he for one would like to change those perceptions: "There are good stories to be told from Attawapiskat. I hope we're one of them."

Indeed they are. In fact, the name Midnight Shine is highly appropriate, given that the band and their music shine a bright and positive light on a place too often depicted as dark and troubled.

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



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