Last month, we announced the return of Searchlight, inviting Juno-ready Canadian musicians of any genre to submit an original song and compete for incredible prizes courtesy of the Juno Awards, the National Music Centre and CBC Music. And you responded in a big, big way: thousands of Canadian musicians entered songs this year.
As of Tuesday, Feb. 5, public voting for Searchlight 2019 officially opens! It means you can do exactly what we've been doing behind the scenes at Searchlight: listening for Canada's next great undiscovered, Juno-ready talent. You can show your love by voting for your favourite song once a day, every day.
Voting for round 1 of Searchlight will continue until Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. ET.
Our next round begins on Wednesday, February 20. It will be a national top 100. Fifty artists will make it through by popular vote, and the other 50 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, Feb. 28, and finally, the winner of Searchlight 2019 will be declared on Thursday, March 7.
Good luck to all Searchlight 2019 participants. And if you want to let the world know who you're voting for, be sure to use #searchlight2019 and tag @CBCMusic in your posts!