CBC Music Launches 2018 Searchlight Contest

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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[](

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

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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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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