CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021: listen and vote for your favourite songs now!

The voting period has officially begun.

The voting period has officially begun.

It's time to vote for your favourite song in Toyota Searchlight 2021. (CBC )

Last month, we announced the return of CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021, inviting musicians of any genre to submit an original song and compete for incredible prizes courtesy of Toyota Canada, the National Music Centre, Play MPE and CBC Music. And you responded in a big, big way: Canadian musicians from every province and territory entered thousands of songs this year. 

We are now into the rounds of public voting. Listeners and fans can do exactly what we've been doing behind the scenes at Searchlight: listening for Canada's next great undiscovered talent. You can show your love by voting for your favourite song once a day, every day.

Voting for Round 1 of Searchlight is now officially closed.

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

The Top 100 will be revealed on Tuesday, June 1, at 3 p.m. ET and another round of voting will begin. Fifty artists will make it through by popular vote, and the other 50 will make it through by internal judging by a team of music industry experts. Voting to see who makes it into the Top 10 will also begin on June 1 at 3 p.m. ET and will end on Tuesday, June 8, at 3 p.m. E.T.

The Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday, June 15, at 3 p.m. ET. Seven artists will be chosen by judges, three will make it through based on the popular vote. Public voting ends. 

The judges will reveal the grand prize winner and four runners-up on Tuesday, June 22, at 9 a.m. ET.

Good luck to all of the Toyota Searchlight 2021 participants. And if you want to let the world know who you're voting for, be sure to use #searchlight2021 and tag @CBCMusic in your posts!

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