What you are waiting for, your time is NOW!  Searchlight has returned for 2018! in search of Canada’s next undiscovered talent, covering all genres..  Will it be you?  


What you are waiting for, your time is NOW!  Searchlight has returned for 2018! in search of Canada’s next undiscovered talent, covering all genres..  Will it be you?

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* 2015 Wire Award Nominees Dio or Dimitri Tadin of Clear Stone. In 2014, they place TOP 10

in their hometown of Hamilton –



* As well, check out the BIG NEWS on 2013 Wire Megazine Awarded RISING STAR Sophia Radisch.  Sophia was recognized as the TOP 20 under 20 out of over 2,000 entrants in the 2016 CBC Searchlight


It could be you if you have an original song.

Searchlight 2018 prize package will provide you with incredible opportunities to take your career to the next level of songwriting, marketing, networking and live performance.

Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018  at midnight, ending Feb 6th, 2018 at 2:59 PM and the Winner will be announced March 19, 2018.  Don’t forget to share your entry and get others to vote for you, so when sharing your music to social media realms, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, don’t forget to tag it #Searchlight2018, but don’t worry if you don’t have a big social reach.  The judges will be listening for great songs throughout.  Feel free to tag CBC on your social media, Twitter: @CBCMusic, Instagram: @CBC_Music, Facebook: CBC Music.

More than 3,000 bands register annually for a chance at being discovered.

Visit http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/19459/searchlight-2018-rules-and-regulations

You’ll be able to sign up using the new Searchlight entry form,

http://www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight/entry  which will be easier to use & found here on CBCMusic.ca.

To Enter you will need to sign up/create or log in with your Searchlight or Artist Account.  You will be required to upload an MP3 of your best original song (one song only) that is less than 10MB in size, include your artist BIO, photo(s) and other required info on CBC’s online registration form found at cbcmusic.ca/searchlight and when naming your MP3 for submission, use this naming convention:   Searchlight-bandnamesongname-date

Even if you have a record deal, you can enter, but, your label must consent to CBC.

From opening day of the submission period on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to the grand-prize winner announcement on Monday, March 19, here are all the days to circle on your calendar.

  • The submission period: All entrants can register for Searchlight 2018 by uploading a
  • song starting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 12:01 a.m. ET. Submissions close on
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 2:59 p.m. ET.
  • Round 1: Voting and judging begins on all eligible songs on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. ET
  • Round 1 ends on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 2:59 p.m. ET.
  • Thursday, March 1 – Round two finals open – Voting and judging begins on the top 100  at 3 p.m. ET
  • Round 2 ends on Wednesday, March 7, at 2:59 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, March 8 –  Round three opens for Judging for the top 10 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Round 3 ends on Wednesday, March 14, at 2:59 p.m. ET.
  • Final: the grand prize winner announced Monday, Mar 19, 11 a.m. ET

Check this it out!

  1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience The Searchlight-winning artist or band will get a prestigious placement in the 2018 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Canada’s premiere artist development program. You’ll have your song and career assessed in a week-long mentorship program led by some of Canada’s music industry leaders. The week will culminate with a live performance at an industry showcase in downtown Toronto.  The winning artist or band will take everything they’ve learned in the Juno Master Class straight to the 2019 Juno Awards, where they will perform at JunoFest and attend all the Juno festivities! This prize package includes travel, accommodations, registration, and per diems for up to four people, this prize includes:

Travel for up to four people to participate in an intensive mentorship week in Toronto in

October 2018 hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, where the winner will have workshops with industry leaders and Canadian artists.

A performance spot at a music industry showcase in Toronto.

A trip to the 2019 Juno Awards (dates TBA) including: transportation, accommodation,

and Juno Weekend packages for each artist, which includes tickets to the Juno welcome reception, the Juno gala dinner and the 2019 Juno Awards broadcast.

Performance slot at JunoFest, a two-day music festival during Juno Week.

You’ll appear in mini-docs to run on JunoTV.ca.

The opportunity for a chance to play the ultimate showcase at the 2019 Juno gala dinner & Juno Awards.

  1. A residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.  The winning artist or band will receive a week-long residency and full access to the recording facilities at the National Music Centre’s new building, Studio Bell, in Calgary. Be part of a truly one-of-a-kind recording experience after you’ve perfected your songs in the Juno Master Class.  You’ll be invited to experiment, perform and record at Studio Bell with access to more than 300 historic musical instruments spanning 450 years of music innovation and technology.

In full, this prize includes:

An all-access pass to the National Music Centre’s recording facilities for up to 10 hours a day, including an engineer, tech assistant and access to the Centre’s incredible instrument collection.

Accommodations for up to four people

Travel for up to four people.

This residency must be initiated by Dec. 3, 2018.

  1. CBC Music Festival performance.  The winning artist or band will also have the chance to take everything they’ve learned and bring it to thousands of music fans at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto, held at Echo Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2018

In full, this prize includes:

Onstage performance.

Double accommodations for up to four band members.


Ground transportation.

Performance fee      Check out the full prize information here.

Q: Who decides if my song goes through? A: Searchlight 2018 will be a combination of audience voting and votes from our celebrity judges, a cross-section of the best that the Canadian music industry has to offer.  In the opening rounds, audience votes and CBC Music producers will be judging your song. In the National Top Ten Round, our celebrity judges will decide the ultimate winner. This year’s judges will be announced soon.

Q: So I entered Searchlight, where does my music go from here?  A: Radio producers will be sharing your music with CBC Radio 1 stations across Canada, as well as with CBCMusic.ca, Radio 2 and 3, CBC TV programs, and CBC digital. From there, celebrity judges, CBC Music producers, and music industry professionals across Canada will be listening to your music as well.

Q: Do I lose rights to my song?  A: No, the song will always be yours. By entering, you agree to rules and regulations though, which allows the CBC to use your song for broadcast and editorial purposes.


Good luck to all the entrants, let’s see some familiar Ontario names this year!

GO TO CBC RIGHT NOW and get ready to unleash to Canada, your extreme talents!