Live this morning on q with Tom Power, Shopé was announced as CBC Music’s SEARCHLIGHT 2019 winner. With over 2,000 songs entered in the competition sincJanuaryry, acts from all across the country have been working to gain the top spot, which was chosen by a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel and celebrity judges.
Upon finding out he won SEARCHLIGHT 2019, Shopé told CBC q that he’s “beyond honoured, beyond grateful. It’s incredible validation that this journey that I set out on 10 years ago isn’t a fools’ errand. At the end of the day when you truly believe something and you’re willing to work hard for it, you can achieve it.”
As part of the grand prize, Shopé will take part in Canada’s premiere artist development program: the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. This includes a performance spot at the 2019 JUNO Master Class music industry showcase in Toronto, and a trip to the 2020 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon where he will perform at JUNOfest. Shopé has also earned a five day residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, with access to recording studios, professionals, and a historic instrument collection that spans more than 450 years of technology and innovation, in addition to a performance slot at this year’s CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach.
For more information on CBC Music’s SEARCHLIGHT, 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.