Adrian Sutherland

  • July 18, 2024 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Red Bird

    1165 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
Ticket Price (CAD) $25.00 Buy Tickets

One listen to Adrian Sutherland’s music and you’ll know he’s unlike anyone else. Born and raised in Canada’s Far North, the roots-rocker with heart from Attawapiskat First Nation on James Bay has the voice of a songbird, a boatload of talent, and an ocean of muses.


 Sutherland’s melding of rock, roots, folk and blues is unlike anything else. Drawing inspiration from the land, his life, and his Cree culture, Adrian’s songs ripple far beyond stages and airwaves. His soul-stirring sound is influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Coldplay, and Kashtin – the folk-rock duo from Quebec who sang in Innu-aimun. 


 Notawe (Father) is the first single from Adrian’s second solo album “Precious Diamonds.” It’s one of two all-Cree songs, marking the first time he is making music in his mother tongue. The album was produced in Nashville by Colin Linden, and mastered in New Jersey by multi-Grammy-winning Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone.


The first time Adrian and Colin worked together was remotely in 2021. Cut off from the rest of the world during the pandemic, Adrian constructed a recording studio inside a shipping container to record his debut solo album. “When The Magic Hits” earned nominations at the 2022 JUNO Awards and 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards, while title track Magic Hits won Best Music Video from San Francisco’s 47th American Indian Film Festival. 


Adrian released three albums as the frontman and founder of all-Cree rockers Midnight Shine, before starting solo projects. In addition to being a musician, author, and advocate, he is a respected cultural leader and a traditional knowledge keeper, fluent in Omushkegowuk Cree and passionate about empowering young minds through arts, education, and land-based learning. 


Adrian is writing a book for Penguin Random House Canada about being born and raised in Attawapiskat. He cares deeply about many causes, with first-hand perspective on issues like contaminated water, food insecurity, addictions, and mental health. At this time of reconciliation, Adrian is hopeful for Canadians to walk together in love and respect.








Date & Time

Thu., Jul. 18, 2024 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Venue Details

Red Bird

1165 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4 Red Bird
Red Bird Live

Red Bird is an intimate, 80 capacity music venue with excellent sound and sight lines from every seat.

We are licensed and have a selection of locally crafted beers and ciders plus a small but fine selections of wine and spirits. 

We also carry a selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as locally made sodas and non-alcoholic beers, and a small menu of snack foods such as pressed sandwiches, hot dogs, soft pretzels and pastries.

Unless otherwise noted, all shows are all ages. Everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age. 

Doors open one hour ahead of the performance time. 

Parking is available at the south end of our building and on side streets (please be respectful of parking restrictions).

Regrettably, our space is not accessible. There are six gradual and wide steps to our front door with railings on each side. Once inside, everything is on one floor including an accessible washroom. 

Event end times will vary depending on the artist.

There is no phone number for the venue. Please email or reach out via social media with inquiries. 

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