Submissions for CBC Music’s SEARCHLIGHT 2017 Now Open, Deadline is Feb. 7 to Find Canada’s Next big Music Act

CBC Music’s annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act kicks-off today! 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 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 our 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 Check out this video that highlights what you can expect,


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