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CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022: the Top 100 artists

The votes are in: these are the Top 100 artists, as chosen by you and our industry experts.

These are the Top 100 artists, as chosen by you and our industry experts.

The Top 100 artists in Toyota Searchlight 2022 have been announced. (CBC)

For CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight, the first cut is always the deepest.

Here's how this national Top 100 were decided. Each artist was judged on the following:

  • Potential for success in the Canadian music industry.
  • Vocal performance, quality of music and lyric composition.
  • Our judges' impression of your song and your career to date.
  • Social media engagement and streaming numbers.

Please also note that the quality of each song is being judged on audio, not video. 

The top three artists who received the most votes have automatically made it into our Top 100 by winning our Fan Choice Award. Those artists include a teenage indie-rock band from Windsor, a country artist from the mountains of B.C., and a hard-rocking roots singer from Wellington County, Ont.:

Congratulations and great job getting out the vote! Besides the artists' placement in the Top 100, their Fan Choice Award also includes:

  • A $1,000 gift certificate from Long & McQuade, Canada's music store, for anything including instruments, equipment rentals, repairs, lessons.
  • Play MPE distribution deal for the song.
  • A one-hour meeting with a mentor from Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) to help address immediate music business challenges or questions. CMI is a Toronto-based, national, not-for-profit organization specializing in professional development, ongoing mentorship and live events for artists, managers and music companies.

The other artists in the Top 100 have made it through by internal judging from a team of CBC Music producers and leading Canadian music industry experts.


Toyota Searchlight 2022 Top 100 

Congratulations once again to our Top 100. Please check back in on Tuesday, June 21, at 8 a.m. ET when our Top 10 finalists will be revealed. All 10 artists will be chosen by our judges, as there is no further fan voting this year. 

Our grand prize winner and the four runners-up of CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022 will be announced on Tuesday, June 28. 

Good luck and congratulations to all Searchlight 2022 Top 100 national contenders, and thank you to every artist who has participated this year!

And hey, check out this great news: You can now listen to more than 100 of the top songs entered into the 2022 Toyota Searchlight contest. Listen to the playlist here on CBC Listen or via the CBC Listen app. 

CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022 is brought to you in part by Toyota.

Questions? Email searchlight@cbc.ca.

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