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Midnight Shine has won a film fest award for its latest video

Congratulations are in order to Midnight Shine for taking home the Best Music Video award at this year’s Toronto Independent Film Festival.

The band, fronted by Attawapiskat-based musician and entrepreneur Adrian Sutherland, won the award for its video for “Lonely Boy,” a deeply personal song about the loss of Adrian’s father.

The sentiments are not easy to capture in a music video, but the band achieved it by developing a visual narrative using actors and extras. That footage was intercut with a full-band performance that ties back to the same storyline in a clever way that is revealed at the end.

The ambitious music video was shot over three days with three cameras at three different Winnipeg locations – but it was the last-minute addition on the final shoot day of an adorable four-year-old that ended up stealing the show!

This is the second time this year that Adrian has won an award for a music video.

His debut solo single, “Politician Man” was named Best Performing Arts and Entertainment at the Yorkton Film Festival – North America’s longest running film festival.

“Politician Man” is a protest song by Adrian that speaks to Canada’s troubled relationship with First Nations.

The video was created by Justin Stephenson, the director of animation and editor of The Secret Path.

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