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6 early standouts from Searchlight 2016: JDSYN, Made Them Lions, Midwest Mindset and more

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

Searchlight 2016 officially begins today. Starting at 3:00 pm EST, you can watch the best and brightest up-and-coming artists from your area. Over 2,000 musicians from across the country entered, but only one can win the $50,000 in grand prizing.

With so many entries, we're going to continue to highlight artists each week. Today, we take a closer look at moody R&B singer JDSYN, one-woman tour-de-force Cassandra Bangel, Montreal rockers Made Them Lions, Calgary's hip-hop sextet Midwest Mindset, rural Alberta duo Jo-Jo O' & the Woods and Ottawa band of brothers Forestier.

Click the video below for more, and don't forget to vote for your favourites, beginning today at 3:00 pm EST. You can vote for as many artists as you like, once per day, at