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5 more standouts from Searchlight 2016: Havelin, Mattie Leon, aRc Aurelia, more

Jesse Kinos-Goodin


April 4, 2016


Each week in this space, we bring you some standout Searchlight submissions from across the country.

This week, we have Calgary folk-pop band Magnolia Buckskin; a 17-year-old Albertan singer-songwriter who goes by Havelin; aRc Aurelia, a musician with a message about acceptance and understanding from the Greater Vancouver Area; the smooth and soulful sounds from Toronto's Mattie Leon; and some quirky folk-pop from Ottawa, courtesy of Big Snail. Click the video below to see more.

With more than 2,000 artists applying for the $50,000 in grand prizing this year, there's a lot of amazing new music to discover. You can watch and vote for your favourites at, and for your efforts, you will be entered into a draw to win a guitar and amp prize pack from Yamaha Music Canada, valued at approximately $1,300. We're giving out one per round for the first three rounds.

Click the video above for more, and don't forget to vote for your favourites, beginning today at 3 p.m. ET. You can vote for as many artists as you like, once per day, at