Polls are open in the first round of Searchlight voting. You can head to the Searchlight homepage, start up the player and browse, or search by name, region or genre. You can vote for 10 songs per region per day. That means artists can help support other artists without hurting your chances of advancing. In fact, working together will help artists advance (and it's a great way to meet other bands around the country).
Polls for this round close on Monday, April 13, at 2:59 p.m. ET. The acts that make it to the next round will be announced on the radio and online the following afternoon (Tuesday, April 14), so make sure you tune in to your afternoon CBC Radio One program (they'll be playing Searchlight music throughout the competition, so tune in and feel free to reach out to them on Twitter).
Voting is open to anybody, anywhere, and we hope fans from all over the world will discover the music entered in Searchlight.
Artists: Searchlight is what you make of it, so connect with your fans, and other bands, and come up with fun and creative ways to promote Canadian music. Producers are listening, and the music they find will work its way into CBC programming. We've collected some tips based on what worked in previous years, and some graphics to help you share your music. We hope you'll find that useful.