What is Searchlight?

Searchlight is CBC Music’s long-running hunt for Canada’s undiscovered musical talent, judged by a combination of audience voting and a panel of celebrity judges, who represent a cross-section of the best that the Canadian music industry has to offer. Could that be you? Or a Canadian musician you know? If so, enter now.

Vote now on the Top 100

Voting and judging on the Searchlight 2019 Top 100 has begun! You can vote once per day for your favourite artist to make it into the Top 10.


This year, CBC Music has partnered with the Juno Awards to search for that one artist or band that could be a Juno Award winner very soon. The Searchlight 2019 grand prize includes the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience, a week in a recording studio at the National Music Centre in Calgary and a chance to perform at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. Besides our amazing grand prize, your song could be showcased on CBC Radio One, CBC Music, Radio 3, CBC Digital, and CBC-TV at any point during the contest.