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CBC Music Launches 2018 Searchlight Contest

[![2017 CBC Searchlight winners The Long War](/content/images/2018/01/05-The-Long-War-300x188.jpg)](/content/images/2018/01/05-The-Long-War.jpg)2017 CBC Searchlight winners The Long War
CBC Music’s annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act kicks off today with this year’s edition returning to its roots as a digital-only, audio-first search for the country’s undiscovered talent. Submissions for Searchlight 2018 officially open Tuesday, Jan. 23 and CBC Music will accept entries up until the Feb. 6, 2018 deadline. A variety of musicians including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres are encouraged to enter at[ cbcmusic.ca/searchlight](http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/19524/searchlight-is-back-for-2018).

Past Searchlight contests have seen over 3,000 original song submissions, which are narrowed down through a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel, and celebrity judges.

New for 2018, the Searchlight winner will earn a place in the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class artist development program. This includes a performance spot at the 2018 JUNO Master Class music industry showcase in Toronto, a trip to the 2019 JUNO Awards, and a performance during JUNO Week. The grand prize winner will also take part in a one week residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary with access to recording studios, professionals, and a historic instrument collection that spans over 450 years of technology and innovation, as well as a performance slot at this year’s CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach.

Key dates for this year’s contest are included below. For more information on Searchlight, go to cbcmusic.ca/searchlight.

Searchlight 2018 Key Dates:

Submission period: Tuesday Jan. 23, 12:01am ET to Tuesday February 6, 2:59pm ET
1st round of voting opens: Tuesday February 13, 3:00pm ET to Wednesday, February 28 2:59pm ET
2nd round of voting opens: Thursday, March 1, 3:00pm ET to Wednesday, March 7, 2:59pm ET
Top 10 revealed: Wednesday, March 14
Grand prize winner announced: Monday, March 19 at 11am ET with a performance on CBC q

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.