CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021: vote soon!

CBC Music's annual hunt for Canada's best undiscovered talent has begun.

CBC Music's annual hunt for Canada's best undiscovered talent has begun


The best song wins — that's what it takes to triumph in CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021. The entry period has officially closed. Voting begins on Tuesday May 11. 

Everything you need to know about Toyota Searchlight 2021 can be found here.

CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight is our annual hunt for Canada's best undiscovered musical talent, and soon it will be time to vote for your favourite songs.

We're searching for musicians who are truly deserving of a major career boost courtesy of CBC Music and Toyota. Could that be you? If so, we asked you to follow these three steps:

  • Step 1: Upload your best original song (audio or video) to YouTube.
  • Step 2: Register your song with CBC Music here. (The entry period has closed for this year).
  • Step 3: Let your fans and friends know you've entered CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight and get them ready to start voting for your song on May 11.

You had until Monday, May 3, at 3 p.m. ET to upload your original song to YouTube and enter. Voting and judging will begin on May 11. Our winners will be declared on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

The incredible prizes you could win this year include your own spot in the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Canada's premier talent development program. As well, you'll win five days of recording at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as a distribution deal from Play MPE, and a Toyota prize pack for our winner and four runners-up. Check out more information on our amazing prizes here.

All you need is one great original song to win it all. 

Previous winners of Searchlight:

2020: Shawnee Kish (Edmonton)
2019: Shopé (Toronto)
2018: aquakultre (Halifax)
2017: The Long War (Vancouver)
2016: Desirée Dawson (Vancouver)
2015: Orange O'Clock (Sherbrooke, Que.)
2014: Lauren Mann (Brooks, Alta.)
2013: Sherman Downey (Corner Brook, N.L.)