'Feels like I'm home': Why performing at the Indigenous Games is so close to Midnight Shine's heart
Frontman Adrian Sutherland on his journey from Attawapiskat to Toronto and why NAIG means so much
The North American Indigenous Games are here, and the athletic prowess of the daily events is matched only by the nightly musical performances taking place on two main stages. Midnight Shine are one of the bands playing during the Games — and for frontman/songwriter Adrian Sutherland, the performance holds special meaning.
Sutherland is from Attawapiskat, a First Nation in Northern Ontario on the west coast of James Bay that the lead singer describes as a remote hunter-gatherer community. Flying back and forth and leaving his home to play in cities like Toronto isn't always one of Sutherland's favourite experiences: "It's difficult sometimes when you're wanting to be over there but you have to be in other places in order to make it in [the music] business." (It should be mentioned that Sutherland is also a father and grandfather, so he's leaving quite a bit of family at home when he travels.)
In this video, you'll meet Sutherland with the other members of Midnight Shine at The Rehearsal Factory in Toronto, preparing for their NAIG gigs. And you'll hear why playing in front of a First Nations audience means so much to him: "It shows our young people that anything's possible, no matter where you come from."
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