Search is on for the best new made-in-Manitoba song

Calling all musicians. A search is underway to find Manitoba's favourite new homegrown song.
Breanna Perrelli and Robert Zirk, the producers of Manitoba Songfest, visited the CBC Manitoba studio on Monday. (Ruth Shead/CBC)

Calling all musicians. A search is underway to find Manitoba's favourite new homegrown song.

Robert Zirk and BreannaPerrelli are the producers behind Manitoba Songfest, a contest that started as a school project for Zirk and has since turned into an annual celebration of local music.

Now in its third year, Songfest is open to any and all Manitoba musicians — unheard of, breaking out, or already established. All genres are welcome.

"We just want to see what we have, I mean anything to increase awareness," said Perrelli.

More than 70 people have already submitted entries for this year's songfest. The deadline is Jan. 3 at 11:59 p.m.

"We also hope that the people who follow the contest discover some music that they like," said Zirk.

Last year's winner, Maxine Peters, has seen her career flourish.

She has since played in numerous venues in Winnipeg and has acquired an agent.

Maxine Peters "Shame on Me" Manitoba Songfest 2013