Searchlight 2020: registration is now open

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

Registration for Searchlight 2020 has officially opened. (CBC Music)

The best song wins — that's what it takes to triumph in Searchlight 2020. As of January 28, registration has officially closed. Voting and judging begins Tuesday February 4. 

Searchlight is CBC Music's annual hunt for Canada's best undiscovered talent, so if you or someone you know has a really great original song from any genre, now is the time to enter.

This year, we've partnered with the Juno Awards as we search for Canadian musicians who are Juno-ready — musicians who truly desire a full-time career in music. Could that be you? If so, 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
  • Step 3: Let your fans and friends know you've entered Searchlight and get them ready to start voting for your song on Feb. 4.

You have until Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. ET to upload your original song to YouTube and register. Voting and judging will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Our winner will be declared on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

The incredible prizes you could win this year include a spot in the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Canada's premier talent development program, in Toronto. As well, you'll win five days of recording at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, plus performance slots at the 2020 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto in May, and at JunoFest in 2021. Check out more information on our amazing prizes here.

All you need is one great original song to win it all. Register now and good luck!

Previous winners of Searchlight:

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, NL) 

Searchlight 2020 is CBC Music's hunt for Canada's best undiscovered talent. (CBC Music )