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CBC Music’s Searchlight 2017 Contest Submissions Open Today

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

2016 Searchlight winner Desiree Dawson performing on CBC TV [Screengrab: YouTube/CBC Music]

2016 Searchlight winner Desiree Dawson performing on CBC TV [Screengrab: YouTube/CBC Music]

CBC Music’s annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act kicks-off today, Jan. 17, 2017. Submissions for Searchlight 2017 are officially open, with the deadline for entry being Feb. 7, 2017. Musicians of all types, including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres are encouraged to enter via

Similar to last year, the competition will come to life on CBC, as the top four finalists compete on a live broadcast for the Searchlight title.

New for this year, the grand prize winner will also receive an original song commission for Canada’s 150 celebration and a two-week song writing residency with a celebrity mentor from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The winner will have the opportunity to debut the song at the 2017 CBC Music Festival in Toronto, followed by a Searchlight concert with the other top four finalists on July 2, 2017 in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s concert series.

Additional prizing includes a Canadian Musician Magazine Career Booster package, valued at over $25,000, provided by  media partner Canadian Musician magazine. For more information about what this package includes visit:

To enter, all applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, as well as one high-quality MP3 before the deadline date. More information and contest guidelines can be found at A video that highlights what entrants can expect is available at


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