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9 more standouts from Searchlight 2016: Port Cities, Maje, Ainsley Elisa, FWLR / KINLEY, more

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

The first round of Searchlight 2016 closes April 20th, and already we've been overwhelmed by the quality and variety of contestants this year. We've been highlighting Round 1 acts from across the country each week in this space. This week: Calgary pianist Shafa, Toronto's classically-trained Jessica Leung, busker extraordinaire David Morin, Montreal septet Eager Dance, Ainsley Elisa, a 15-year-old from Edmonton, Waiting for Winter out of Ottawa, Halifax rapper Maje, Cape Breton super group Port Cities and electronic duo FWLR / KINLEY, out of P.E.I.

Click the video below for more, and don't forget to vote for your favourites for a chance to win a guitar and amp prize pack from Yamaha Music Canada. Go to to discover your next favourite band.