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First Play Live: Desirée Dawson at the 2016 CBC Music Festival

Reuben Maan

This past year has been pretty amazing for Desirée Dawson: the singer from Surrey, B.C., won the CBC Music Searchlight competition, which came with $50,000 in prizes and a chance to perform at the CBC Music Festival in May 2016.

At the festival, Dawson showed music lovers why she won the talent competition, confidently charming the audience with her powerful voice and sparse ukelele arrangements.

Watch her performance in the videos below: