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Adrian Sutherland

Singer/songwriter from Attawapiskat, Midnight Shine's frontman. Father, grandfather, husband, traditional knowledge keeper of Cree culture.

Adrian Sutherland is from Attawapiskat First Nation on the remote James Bay coast. He’s a musician, singer, songwriter, recording artist, speaker, author, advocate, and the fascinating frontman and founder of Midnight Shine. He’s also a father of four, a grandfather to four, a hard-working husband, and a respected cultural leader, proud of who he is and where he comes from. Adrian is a genuine example of someone who does his best to live authentically. He is fluent in his Cree language, practices traditional ways of the land, and hunts to feed his family. He is currently writing his first book for Penguin Random House Canada (2022 release) about growing up in Attawapiskat, a sometimes-harsh place he still chooses to call home. After releasing four albums with Midnight Shine, Adrian has begun solo projects. His debut solo single "Politician Man" reached #1 on its chart, and won Best Performing Arts & Entertainment at Canada’s oldest film festival. His second solo single "Respect the Gift" was released in early 2021, with a stellar animated dance video that is putting smiles on faces and warmth in hearts. Adrian cares deeply about many causes, and is using his music and voice to share firsthand perspective on issues facing First Nations like contaminated water, housing shortages, food insecurity, addiction, mental health, and suicide. At a time of growing awareness about Reconciliation, Adrian is hopeful for Canadians to better understand one another, and take further steps together.