115 Hamilton bands entered the CBC's Searchlight music competition. Five remain, but there are only a few hours left to get your votes in for your favourite Hamilton artist.

Voting closes at midnight ET Thursday, March 7.

The winning Hamilton band will compete against groups from all over the country for cash and prizes.

Mark Furukawa, a.k.a. Dr. Disc and owner of the downtown music shop of the same name, said the number of entries is representative of the deep musical talent pool in Hamilton.

"I definitely think it shows the diversity of music in Hamilton," he said. "I think just the number [of entries] is phenomenal. I'm really pro anything that is voter-based, equal and unbiased to give local artists an opportunity."

By voting, you could help a Hamilton band win the title of Canada's best new artist — along with $20,000 in gear from Yamaha, an opening slot on a high-profile music showcase and a recording session with CBC Music.

Homegrown rocker Tom Wilson said while the opportunity is a great stepping stone for artists to broaden their audience, he warned about getting too complacent.

"There's no simple break. The greatest break you can give yourself is your own drive," he said. "But it is a cool opportunity and a great one. CBC is probably the last organization that actually gives a shit about music."

In round two of the competition there were 15,345 votes for Hamilton bands.

Here are the top five contestants from Hamilton as voted by you:

  • Poor Angus - Something I Can't See
  • The Bends - I Don't Know What You're Eyes Have Done
  • The Human Orchestra - Heavy Handed Heart
  • Joel Geleynse - The One
  • Live How You Live - What Makes A Man

To listen to their tracks, head over to the CBC Hamilton Searchlight playlist.

Vote at Hamilton's CBC Music page.