The second round of voting for the CBC Searchlight contest is over, and here are the top 10 Hamilton-area acts for this year’s competition.

Searchlight's boundaries for Hamilton stretch from Niagara to Brantford.

  • Black Rhino Riot - The Hook, from Hamilton
  • Clear Stone - Love Takes Time, from Hamilton
  • Evan Champagne - Way Back, from Brantford
  • From the Bridge - White Paper, from Dundas
  • Jordan Raycroft - We the People, from Welland
  • Paul Federici - Strange Disease, from St. Catharines
  • Rachael Kennedy - Living Your Heart Out, from Toronto
  • StereoKid - Mission For Love, from Oakville
  • The Human Orchestra - Bad Jokes, from Hamilton
  • The Medicine Hat - Old Bones, from Hamilton

These 10 acts move on to the regional finals. One act is listed as from Toronto, but they still fall within the contest’s borders for the Hamilton region.

Searchlight is a massive, coast-to-coast competition that connects artists with fans in their community and across the country. Fans get to vote on their favourite acts in an effort to push them along and compete against other artists across Canada.

The grand prize includes $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording from CBC Music and an opening spot on a high-profile music showcase.

Hamilton folk/traditional band Poor Angus made it all the way to the finals last year, before losing out to Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case from Newfoundland. On the way, the band got lots of exposure leading up to the release of their new Album, Gathering.

Head over to the Hamilton Searchlight page for more info on the contest and to vote in the next round.