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Get ready for Searchlight 2017, our hunt for Canada's next big music act
Editorial Staff


December 7, 2016

Searchlight is now open. See all the acts at Round 1 closes Feb. 27 at 2:59 pm ET.

BC Music’s annual contest to find Canada's next big music act is back. Submissions for Searchlight 2017 are open now, with the deadline for entry being Feb. 7. Enter here.

This year, we have some huge prizes in store for the winner, who will be chosen on a prime-time TV broadcast in April (you can watch last year's here). New for this year, the grand prize winner will also receive an original song commission for Canada’s 150 celebration and a two-week songwriting residency, with a celebrity mentor, from the Banff Centre to write it. The winner will debut the song at the 2017 CBC Music Festival in Toronto, followed by a Searchlight concert with the other top four finalists on July 2 as part of the National Arts Centre’s concert series.

Like last year, to enter Searchlight you will need an original song and a music video that showcases you and/or your act at your best, so here is an early invitation to get started now!

Be sure to check back to in January for more details. For now, check out some of the highlights from last year’s competition, including winner Desirée Dawson.