Update: Vote for Round 2 until Friday April 29 at 2:59 p.m. ET here.
After receiving more than 2,000 applicants from across the country, we're pleased to finally share with you this year's contestants. The winner will receive $50,000 in prizing, plus exposure on national TV and radio.
You can watch, share and vote for your favourites until April 20 at 2:59 p.m. ET, once per artist, per day, for as many artists as you like (one day being between midnight and 11:59 pm EST). In order to avoid voter fraud, you will be asked to use Facebook verification in order to vote. Click on the image below to access all the entries.
Each time you vote, you will also be entered to win one guitar and amp prize pack from Yamaha Music Canada, given at the end of each round. It includes one RS420 guitar, a THR10 amp, hardshell case and accessories and is valued at approximately $1,300 each.
To recap how Round 1 will work. Ten finalists from each region will move on to the next round. One of those will be based purely on votes, and the other nine will be based on scores by CBC Music judges.
During Round 2, our industry panel will select the regional finalists, plus one artist with the most votes nationally will move on.
See something you like? Let us know on Twitter (@CBCMusic) and don't forget to use the #Searchlight hashtag.