The first round of Searchlight 2016 closes April 20th, and already we've been overwhelmed by the quality and variety of contestants this year. We've been highlighting Round 1 acts from across the country each week in this space. This week: Calgary pianist Shafa, Toronto's classically-trained Jessica Leung, busker extraordinaire David Morin, Montreal septet Eager Dance, Ainsley Elisa, a 15-year-old from Edmonton, Waiting for Winter out of Ottawa, Halifax rapper Maje, Cape Breton super group Port Cities and electronic duo FWLR / KINLEY, out of P.E.I.
Click the video below for more, and don't forget to vote for your favourites for a chance to win a guitar and amp prize pack from Yamaha Music Canada. Go to cbcmusic.ca/searchlight to discover your next favourite band.