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CBC Music’s Searchlight 2018 Returns

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 via cbcmusic.ca/searchlight.

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 Canada’s premiere artist development program: the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. 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.

For more information on Searchlight, please visit: 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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