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Searchlight 2014: the hunt for Canada’s best new artist

Editorial Staff

By Mike Miner

Are you Canada’s next great musical act? Are you looking for your big break?

Not much time left! Click here to enter your song now, or if you know an act that should get involved, then let them know. You can work together with other bands to help each other out!

CBC Music and CBC Radio One want to help launch your career with Searchlight, a competition that connects artists with fans in their community and across the country. It’s your chance to show off your musical chops and win some career-boosting prizes in the process! The grand prize includes $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording from CBC Music and an opening spot on a high-profile music showcase.

This year, you can vote up to 10 times per day per region (one vote each for as many as ten acts). So encourage your friends to enter, and work with other acts and bands to share support and help each other out! The regional winners advance to the national round, where the winner is decided by a combination of public voting and decisions by a panel of celebrity judges. May the best act win!

Check here to find out in which region you should enter your band.

If you have questions, email us at

In the meantime, check out these tips on how to make the most of Searchlight. We also have these graphics for you to help you promote your efforts online and through social media. Good luck to all who enter, and enjoy listening to the best new music Canada has to offer!

Voting begins March 24.