Last month, we announced the return of Searchlight 2018, inviting Canadian musicians of any genre to submit an original song and compete for amazing prizes courtesy of the Juno Awards and the National Music Centre. And you responded in a big, big way: we received thousands of your original songs, for which we thank you.
As of today, round 1 of Searchlight 2018 is now officially open! It means you can do exactly what we'll be doing behind the scenes at Searchlight: listening for Canada's next great undiscovered talent. You can show your love for any song by voting for your favourite one every day.
Voting for round 1 of Searchlight will continue until Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. ET.
Our next round begins on March 1. It will be a national top 100. Fifty artists will make it through by popular vote, and the other fifty will make it through by internal judging from a team of CBC Music producers.
From there, we'll proceed to the top 10 finalists on Thursday, March 8, and finally, the winner of Searchlight 2018 will be declared on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. ET to kick off Juno Week in Vancouver.
Good luck to all Searchlight 2018 participants!
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