WATERFORD — Adrian Sutherland of Midnight Shine was invited to tour with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in Southern Ontario next week. This run of shows will mark Sutherland’s first solo tour since setting out to pursue a career in music.
This will take him to the Old Town Hall, in Waterford on the 19, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough on February 20, The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto on February 21, Algonquin Theatre, in Huntsville on February 21, and will spend his final two nights at Meaford Hall in Meaford on February 21 and 22.
Sutherland comes from Attawapiskat on the remote coast of the James Bay. He’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and frontman of roots-rockers Midnight Shine, with meaningful music and messages that are resonating across Canada and beyond.
Sutherland is a father of four, grandfather of four, and hard-working husband, proud of who he is and where he comes from. He speaks his Cree language, is a respected cultural leader, practices traditional ways of the land, and is a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. Passionate about working with youth, he is an Artist Ambassador for Downie Wenjack Fund, and Master Corporal with Attawapiskat’s Canadian Ranger Patrol where he leads young people in wilderness initiatives. He previously launched a music program with support from MusiCounts, and was instrumental in bringing ArtsCan Circle to his community.
With a growing and important voice on many issues in Canada, Sutherland speaks from his mind, while caring from his heart. He is an insightful and resilient advocate who brings a first-hand perspective to the challenges faced by Attawapiskat and other First Nations, like contaminated water, critical housing shortages, rampant addiction, and the ongoing suicide crisis.
At this time of growing awareness around Reconciliation, Sutherland is hopeful for all Canadians to continue taking steps together.