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Searchlight 2019: the top 100 announced

Grant Lawrence


Please check back here on Thursday, February 28 for the top ten finalists of Searchlight 2018.

For Searchlight 2019, the first cut is the deepest.

Here's how the national top 100 was decided: half of the list was decided by your votes, meaning that the 50 artists with the highest number of votes have automatically made it through (check them out in alphabetical order below); the remaining 50 made it through by internal judging from a team of CBC Music producers (you can check out that list below as well).

The top ten finalists will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Three artists will be determined by votes, while the other seven will be chosen by our CBC Music staff judges. Once the top 10 is announced, our panel of celebrity judges will take over to determine a winner of Searchlight 2019, which will be announced on Thursday, March 7 at 10:45 a.m. AT on CBC's q with Tom Power.

Good luck and congratulations to all Searchlight 2019 top 100 national contenders!

Top 50 as judged by CBC Music

3-Card, "Vices," Toronto
Ainsley Elisa, "Let This Love Go," Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Alexa Goldie, "Keep it to Yourself," Newcastle, Ont.
Alexis Lynn, "Promises," Surrey, B.C.
Amir Brandon, "Fallback," Toronto
Anna Haverstock, "How Nice it Is," Saskatoon, Sask.
Aphrose, "Move On," Toronto
Autumn Kings, "Want You to Stay," Windsor, Ont.
Ayva, "Saturday," New Westminster, B.C.
Beach Season, "Keeping You Up," Calgary
Benita, "Anything," North York, Ont.
Boychoir, "Hometown," Toronto
Caardia, "Soap," Markham, Ont.
Catlow, "Scrapes," Vancouver
Dagan Harding, "I Learned How," Regina, Sask.
Daniella Vega, "Shades of Red.," Cambridge, Ont.
daysormay, "Role Model," Vernon, B.C.
Don Mills, "Overtime Ft. Jrdn," Mississauga, Ont.
Electric Religious, "Revolution," Edmonton
Evan Farrell, "Playlist," Stouffville, Ont.
FM Berlin, "Ransom," Moncton, N.B.
Glass Forest, "Anywhere," Vancouver
Grizzly Coast, "Zuzu's Petals," Toronto
ImAwake, "Swimminout," Laval, Que.
Jacqui Verellen, "Home is Home," Etobicoke, Ont.
Jeremy Glenn, "Able to Fall," Toronto
JonoJosh, "Better," Brampton, Ont.
Kat Beck, "Hooked on Your Love," North Vancouver, B.C.
Killjoy, "Spotlight," Saskatoon, Sask.
Kolton Stewart, "Hear Me Out," Delhi, Ont.
Madison Olds, "Thank You," Kamloops, B.C.
MD Lyonga, "Iya (Buea Pikin)," Calgary
Menage, "They Never Call," Toronto
Nancita Kapi, "Desloee," Ottawa
Naya Ali, "Ra Ra," Montreal
Planb-strik9, "Heritage," Thunder Bay, Ont.
Rachel Cousins, "Let Go," Portugal Cove, N.L.
Reeny Smith, "Good Girl Swag," North Preston, N.S.
The Royal Foundry, "Don't Know," Sherwood Park, Alta.
Russell Louder, "Cost of Living," Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Sara Diamond, "Know My Name," Montreal
Shay Esposito, "All We Ever Do," Sturgeon County, Alta.
Shope, "Come Wid It," Toronto
Sky Terminal, "Never Giving Up," Kinburn, Ont.
Steve Benjamins, "Purification Ritual," Toronto
Stevie Jewel, "Earthquake," Huntsville, Ont.
Strange Breed, "Closer," Burnaby, B.C.
Titus Calderbank, "Mistakes," Vancouver
Tyler Del Pino, "Anywhere You Wanna Go," Winnipeg
What If Elephants, "Middle Ground," Montreal

Top 50 as decided by vote

Aisle 6, “Blackout,” Ottawa
Alana McKenzie, “Love is Hard,” Wawa, Ont.
Andre Pettipas and the Giants, “The Swedish Motel,” Port Hastings, N.S.
Aza, “Strangers,” Revelstoke, B.C.
Barb Beaton, “Ana,” Sydney, N.S.
Brenna Parker, “Envy,” Surrey, B.C.
Britty, “Stay Gold,” Pointe-Claire, Que.
Broken Road, “Paycheque,” Sydney, N.S.
Brooke Bruce, “Smoke,” Sudbury, Ont.
Catherine Kennedy, “Maybe Tomorrow,” Saint John, N.B.
Charles Cleyn, “Keep On,” Ottawa
Charlie PS, “Little Miss Dysfunctional,” Vancouver
Christian Parry, “Velvet,” Grimsby, Ont.
The Crescent Sky, “Northern Lights,” New Westminster, B.C.
Derina Harvey Band, “The Fallen Man’s Daughter,” Edmonton
Darcy Scott, “Happy Place,” Conception Bay South, N.L.
Emily Will, “Walking Away,” Miramichi, N.B.
Emrey, “Summer Days,” Penetang, Ont.
Foggy Road, “Chezzetcook,” Chezzetcook, N.S.
The Free Label, “All Night,” Richmond Hill, Ont.
Gabriela Geneva, “You Were Right,” Toronto
Giulia., “Back to Shore,” Toronto
Jelynne Samson, “Still in Bed,” Berwick, N.S.
Kate Stevens, “Right Choice,” Calgary
Laura Hickli, “Midnight,” Calgary
Little Cities, “These Days,” Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Magnetic North, “Beauty & Love,” Halifax
Mitch Jean, “Feel the Rain,” Cochrane, Ont.
Northern Hearts, “Power Trip,” Hamilton TWP.
Quincy Morales, “JUMP!,” Toronto
Rani Chatoorgoon, “Hello,” Etobicoke, Ont.
The Redhill Valleys, “Living in Yesterday,” Hamilton, Ont.
Robyn Slade, “I Know Who She Is,” Gander, N.L.
Rudy Nakashima, “I’ll Keep Waiting,” Toronto
Samael Pelletier, “Archaic Love,” Saint-Léonard, N.B.
Sara Gougeon, “Would You See Then,” Sudbury, Ont.
Shane Cloutier, “Shape of Me,” Stayner, Ont.
Shane Pendergast, “Birchbark Wings,” Mount Stewart, P.E.I.
So Dirty the Flamingos, “Daughters,” Toronto, Ont.
Soul Filter, “Like Water,” Summerside, P.E.I.
The Southdowns, “Continental,” Mississauga, Ont.
Taken By Sanity, “Sleepwalker,” Chestermere, Alta.
Tim Brink, “I Ain’t Leavin’,” Waterville, Que.
Transit22, “Slingshot (Feat. Ciele),” Calgary
Tyler Lorette, “High Frequency,” Courtice, Ont.
Uforia, “What it Means to You,” Toronto, Ont.
Will Driving West, “Anchors,” Montreal
Willis Pride, “I’m Your Man,” Vancouver
Wreckin’ So, “Mess Around,” Pinawa, Man.
Zerah D’Munz, “My Paradise,” West Vancouver, B.C.


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