The 2016 search for Canada’s best new artist is back with CBC Music’s Searchlight contest. Though this year does bring some changes, musicians of all types and genres are asked to submit their music to cbcmusic.ca/searchlight before Wednesday, March 23. This year applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, along with one high-quality MP3.
The biggest change this year is that CBC-TV will be broadcasting the top four finalist competing in front of three celebrity judges. There will also be a chance for entrants to heard by an industry judging panel that include journalists, label representatives, managers and more.
The winner of Searchlight will take home $20,000 towards music equipment from Yamaha Canada, a performance opportunity on CBC Radio One’s q, a performance slot on the CBC Music Festival (featuring Hey Rosetta!, Tanya Tagaq, Whitehourse and more) and a Canadian Music Magazine Career Booster package valued at $25,000.
The key dates are as follows:
Monday, Feb. 29 – Submission period opens
Wednesday, March 23 – Submission period closes
Wednesday, March 30 – Regional round one contest opens
Wednesday, April 20 – Regional round one contest closes
Monday, April 25 – Regional round two finals opens
Friday, April 29 – Regional finals close
Tuesday, May 3 – National round opens
Monday, May 9 – National contest closes
May 23-May 27 – Top four finalists compete on CBC-TV Searchlight special to become the 2016 winner
Saturday, May 28 – Searchlight 2016 winner plays CBCMusic.ca Festival in Toronto
For more information about Searchlight, please visit cbcmusic.ca/searchlight
I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.