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The hunt for Canada's next undiscovered talent.

You can now listen to the top songs from the 2022 Toyota Searchlight contest
on CBC Listen or by downloading the CBC Listen app.

Jhyve “Down” - 2021 Searchlight Winner
SUBMISSIONS April 20 - May 5
VOTING May 19 - May 30
Top 100 June 8
TOP 10 June 21
WINNERS June 28
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Top 10

The wait is over! Here are the Top 10 in CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022. Have a listen to the entries and rank your favourites. Our industry judges will announce the Grand Prize winner and four runners' up on June 28th at 8 am ET.

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Meet The Judges

Industry 101

It takes more than talent to become a successful musician, every prosperous artist either has a team of experts around them or has access to the knowledge experts provide. No matter what stage you are in your music career, there will always be new things to learn and new challenges you’re trying to overcome. Your artistry is a journey, not a destination, so here you’ll find a continuation of our Industry 101 series, with lessons from music industry experts.

Get ready for Toyota Searchlight 2022, Our hunt for Canada's next great undiscovered talent.

CBC Music's annual talent search returns with revved-up prizes for aspiring musical artists

Toyota Searchlight is CBC Music's long-running hunt for Canada's undiscovered musical talent. Could that undiscovered talent be you? Or a Canadian musician you know?

Starting on Wednesday, April 20 at 2:59 p.m. ET, all you have to do is upload an audio file or video to YouTube — what you consider to be your very best original song in any genre

Everything you need to know about Toyota Searchlight 2022 can be found here.

You'll be able to sign up with our new easy-to-use Toyota Searchlight entry form. Get a head start by uploading your best song (audio or video) to YouTube now, before the competition officially opens.

Meet Jhyve, our grand prize winner of Toyota Searchlight 2021.

Please note that you will be judged on the following:

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

Please also note that the quality of your song will be judged on audio, not video.

Meet the former Toyota Searchlight winners who are nominated for Juno Awards in 2022.

There are a few other exciting changes to Toyota Searchlight 2022 that we want to give you a heads up on:

  • Public voting will only occur in the opening round.
  • Three artists will make it into the next round, which will be the Top 100, based on the popular vote. The other 97 artists will be chosen by our judges.
  • After being voted into the Top 100, the three top-voted artists will each receive Fan Choice Awards (see below for more details).
  • The Top 10 artists and winners will also be chosen by our judges.

And with expanded prizes, Toyota has pulled into our V.I.P. parking as our title sponsor to once again support the search.

CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022 grand prize is bigger than ever before:

1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience

By winning Toyota Searchlight, you will have earned your spot in Canada's premier talent development program — the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class — for a week in Toronto (or its virtual equivalent), surrounded by the music industry's best. It will all cumulate in a live industry showcase, plus a trip to Canada's national music awards in 2023.

2. A recording residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary:

Studio time is expensive, but if you win Toyota Searchlight, you'll spend five days in Calgary at the National Music Centre's Studio Bell, where you will be given access to more than 300 musical instruments, a recording studio and a recording engineer to create your next album.

3. Play MPE Distribution Deal:

Your single or album will get a full promotional distribution campaign sent out by the most widely used secure digital distribution system available in the music industry. Play MPE is used by all major labels, as well as thousands of independents, promoters and artists globally.

4. CBC-TV/radio/digital feature on your song/band:

Your winning song and story will be turned into a cross-platform Toyota Searchlight feature hosted by CBC Music Top 20 host Grant Lawrence. The feature will air nationally on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and on digital platforms.

5. Prize pack courtesy of Toyota Canada:

  • $2,500 worth of recording studio time.
  • $2,500 worth of musical equipment/instruments.

6. Gift certificate courtesy of Long & McQuade:

  • A $1,000 gift certificate from "Canada's music store," Long & McQuade, for anything including instruments, equipment rentals, repairs, lessons.

7. CBC Music Festival performance:

Your own performance slot at the next CBC Music Festival.

8. There will be 4 Toyota Searchlight runners-up that will each receive these prizes courtesy of Toyota Canada:

  • Play MPE distribution deal for your single.
  • $1,000 worth of recording studio time.
  • $500 worth of musical equipment/instruments.
  • A $1,000 gift certificate from "Canada's music store," Long & McQuade, Canada's music store, for anything including instruments, equipment rentals, repairs, lessons..
  • A one-hour meeting with a mentor from Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) to help address your 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.

9. Our new Fan Choice awards:

This year, fan voting for Toyota Searchlight will only occur in the opening round. The top three vote-getters from our opening round will receive:

  • An automatic placement in our Top 100.
  • A $1,000 gift certificate from "Canada's music store," Long & McQuade, Canada's music store, for anything including instruments, equipment rentals, repairs, lessons.
  • Play MPE distribution deal for your single.
  • A one-hour meeting with a mentor from Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) to help address your 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.

Check out more details on prizing and rules and regulations here.

Here's how it's all going to roll out:

  • The song submission period begins on Wednesday, April 20, at 2:59 p.m. ET and ends May 5 at 2:59 p.m. ET. This is when all entrants can register for Toyota Searchlight 2022 and upload a song.
  • Opening Round: Voting in this round only begins on all eligible songs on Thursday, May 19, at 2:59 p.m. ET and ends Monday, May 30, at 2:59 p.m. ET. You can vote once a day for your five favourite artists to make it into our Top 100.
  • The Top 100 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 8, at 2:59 p.m. ET. Three artists will make it through by popular vote, and the other 97 will make it through by internal judging by a team of music industry experts.
  • The Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday, June 21, at 8 a.m. ET. All 10 artists will be chosen by our judges.
  • Winners: our judges will reveal one grand prize winner and four runners-up on Tuesday, June 28, at 8 a.m. ET.

Toyota Searchlight 2022's winners will be decided by a panel made up of our producers and celebrity judges: a cross-section of the best that the Canadian music industry has to offer. This year's judges will be announced soon.

Toyota Searchlight 2022 is also a chance to engage and grow your online fanbase to support you — right into our Top 100. Together, CBC Music and Toyota are proud to support Canadian music and help give aspiring artists right across country for a chance to fulfil their artistic dreams. We are committed to supporting Canadian music, gender and racial diversity in the music industry, and recognizing the distinct communities where artists really come from.

So why should you enter CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2022? Besides our amazing grand prize, your song could be showcased on CBC Radio One, CBC Music, Radio 3, CBC Digital, and CBC-TV at any point during the contest.

Are you ready for Toyota Searchlight 2022? Get your best original song uploaded to YouTube today and enter on Wednesday, April 20, on this website. Good luck!

Everything you need to know about Toyota Searchlight 2022 can be found here.

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

Questions? Email searchlight@cbc.ca.

Toyota Searchlight 2022 Key Dates

If you’re planning to enter CBC Music’s Toyota Searchlight 2022 contest, you’ll need to keep an eye on our key dates. Good luck!

Song Submission Period

Begins Wednesday April 20th @ 2:59 ET and ends Thursday May 5th, 2:59 ET.

Public Voting on all Submissions

Begins Thursday May 19th @ 2:59 ET and ends Monday May 30th at 2:59 ET

Winners of Voting Round announced and Top 100 Revealed

June 8th

Top 10 Revealed

June 21st @ 8:00am ET

Searchlight Winner and Runners Up Announced

June 28th @ 8:00am ET.

Toyota Searchlight2022 Frequently Asked Questions.

Do you have a question about entering Toyota Searchlight? Find the answers here.

Find all the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Toyota Searchlight below.

Are there any changes to this year’s Toyota Searchlight?

Yes. There is only one voting round this year that we’re calling our Fan Choice Award. The top three vote-getters in this round of voting will win Prizes listed in our Prize section at cbc.ca/music/searchlight, and also advance to the Top 100 list. Additionally, we have expanded to allow you to vote for 5 different artists each day, from the usual single vote per artist, per day.

Why is there only one round of voting?

Past Searchlight entrants have told us that it is challenging to mobilize fans through two rounds of voting. So we’ve condensed voting to one round and added prizes. Only the top three vote-getters will advance to the Top 100 round. The other 97 spots in the Top 100 will be determined by industry judges, in an effort to advance songs by quality not by voting.

How do I enter Toyota Searchlight?

Registration for Toyota Searchlight opens on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. In order to enter, you need to upload your song to your own YouTube page as part of the submission process. Once it is uploaded, you can fill out a submission form.

Do you only accept Youtube videos?

Yes. We only accept an individual YouTube video set to ‘Public’ with no other restrictions. We do not accept any other formats (Spotify, Soundcloud, bandcamp, mp3’s etc.). Our player ONLY works with a YouTube video. Entries that do not have a public YouTube video of your song will not be eligible and disqualified from the contest.

My video is on YouTube, but not on my account. Can I still enter?

To enter, you must be the owner of the YouTube account where the song exists, or the song must be uploaded on behalf of your record label. If your song is deleted on YouTube after you have entered, this will void your entry. It is important to perform the upload yourself and ensure that your video cannot be tampered with, or be in an agreement with a label who is managing your songs for you.

I don't have a video, can I upload a song?

Your video entry does not have to be a music video, and can be as simple as your song and a static image.

There are a number of tools available to help you create your entry. All that you'll need is an image of your band, an MP3 file and your YouTube account.

Please go to audioship to upload your song.

There are step-by-step instructions that will guide you through logging into your Google account, selecting your YouTube account, uploading your MP3 file and uploading your band image.

Once this has been completed, you can fill out the entry form, on this site once submissions open April 20th at 2:59PM ET, located at: https://www.cbc.ca/searchlight

Do I lose rights to my song?

No, the song will always be yours. By entering, you agree to our rules and regulations, though, which allows the CBC to use your song for broadcast and editorial purposes during the contest period.

Help! I found a problem with my entry, can I change it?

If you have discovered a problem with your entry, please email us immediately at searchlight@cbc.ca using your Artist/Band name as the email subject, for example “THE SEARCHLIGHT BAND”. Please make sure to include a detailed account of the problem with your entry, and how it should be fixed in the body of your email. A CBC Producer will contact you within a few days.

Why should I ask people to vote for my song?

There are two ways to move ahead in the Toyota Searchlight competition.

Your song could advance to the Top 100 and beyond by being chosen by our industry judges.

However, the top 3 artists who get the most votes will move on to the Top 100 and potentially further in the contest and win prizes.

Use your socials and share your Toyota Searchlight Artist page which features the “vote now” button. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Searchlight2022

How can I vote?

To vote you will need to go to our voting site where all the entries are listed under “Artist Entries.” Each video will have a button to vote, along with options to share the page on social media. Our hashtag this year is #Searchlight2022. You can also tag us @cbcmusic to let us know who you’re voting for.

How do I send my voting link to my fans?

Every Artist page has a direct link option. Click on the 'Tweet' button on your video page and that will generate a link which you can copy and paste to use in other applications. Or, simply copy and paste the URL at the top of your Artist page and share it with your fans.

Who decides if my song goes through?

In the opening rounds, your song will continue onward with a combination of audience votes and input from Music Industry Judges. In the national top 10 round, our Music Industry Experts will decide the ultimate winner.

Can we submit more than one song?

No, we’re sure you have tons of great tunes, but we ask that you only submit your very best original song for Toyota Searchlight 2022.

Are there any key dates I need to keep in mind?

Yes! Below are the Key Dates you need for this year’s Toyota Searchlight contest.

  • Song Submission Period:
    Begins Wednesday April 20th @ 2:59 ET and ends May 5th, 2:59 ET.

  • Public Voting on all Submissions
    Begins Thursday May 19th @ 2:59 ET and ends Monday May 30th at 2:59 ET

  • Winners of Voting Round announced and Top 100 Revealed
    June 8th

  • Top 10 Revealed
    June 21st @ 8:00am ET

  • Searchlight Winner and Runners Up Announced
    June 28th @ 8:00am ET

Can I edit my entry once it's submitted?

No. If your entry has an error in it we cannot edit any information in it. Instead, please submit a new entry form and email us at Searchlight@cbc.ca to let us know we should delete your first entry.

Toyota Searchlight2022 prizes.

CBC Music's annual hunt for Canada's next undiscovered talent is back for 2022!

If you're an ambitious Canadian musician with a great original song, our Toyota Searchlight 2022 prize package will provide you with incredible opportunities to take your career to the next level of songwriting, album production, marketing, networking and live performance. Check your incredible list of prizes below.

The Grand Prize

Allan Slaight Juno Master ClassAllan Slaight Juno Master Class:

The Grand Prize Winner will receive : A spot in the next scheduled Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class (dates TBA) artist development program (the “Master Class”). Includes, for up to four Band members:

  • Master Class registration fees, return economy airfare from the major Canadian airport closest to the Band members’ home origin to Toronto to attend the Master Class, accommodations at a hotel to be chosen by the CARAS in its sole discretion, and a per diem. All travel and accommodation will be pending government COVID19 guidelines and restrictions.
  • Daily Master Class workshops with industry leaders (chosen by Master Class organizers).
  • A performance spot at a music industry showcase night in Toronto. Dates and location TBA, pending government COVID19 guidelines and restrictions.
  • A trip to the 2023 JUNO Awards (dates TBA). The trip includes:
    • Return economy airfare from the major Canadian airport closest to the Band members’ home origin to the city location of the 2023 JUNO Awards pending government COVID19 guidelines and restrictions
    • Accommodations in that city at a hotel to be chosen by CARAS in its sole discretion pending government COVID19 guidelines and restrictions,
    • A JUNO Weekend ticket package.
  • Opportunity for inclusion in JUNO Awards event programming during JUNO Week.
  • Mention within marketing and promotion of the Master Class program, not limited to content promoting artists in the Master Class on JUNO Awards social channels
  • The opportunity to be considered (at the sole discretion of Master Class organizers) for a performance spot at the 2023 Night 1 awards (program where majority of the JUNO Awards are given out prior to the JUNO Awards Broadcast)

National Music Centre's Studio BellA recording residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary:

A five-day residency at National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary, Alberta for one artist/ group of up to four musicians (the “Residency”). The Residency includes: access to the NMC’s recording facilities for up to 10 hours each day; access to an engineer, a technical assistant, and to the NMC’s instrument collection; return economy airfare from the major Canadian airport closest to the Band members’ home origin to Calgary, and; accommodations in Calgary at a hotel to be chosen by NMC in its sole discretion. The residency must be initiated by November 30, 2022. (approximate value of prize: $27,000)

Play MPE GlobalPlay MPE Global Music Promotion Distribution Package:

The Grand Prize winner of Toyota Searchlight will receive a curated full-service global music promotion distribution campaign for one release (single or album). The full-service package includes the creation of the release email, collation of content, promotional assets, materials and metadata, as well as the implementation of content distribution to customized recipient lists pertaining to the formats the winner applies to across all territories to a maximum of $4000 CAD. Recipients include radio programmers, music curators, media, bloggers, music supervisors and more.

The top prize also includes additional marketing and promotion such as:

  • A dedicated email blast to Play MPE’s global marketing email lists sent to over 39,000 music industry professionals (record labels, music promoters, radio programmers, music curators etc.)
  • A feature blog post on Play MPE Book
  • An interview with David G. on Play MPE’s YouTube channel.
  • A post across all Play MPE social media channels promoting the winner and their release.

CBC Music:

A performance slot at the next CBCMusic.ca Festival, with compensation pursuant to the terms of CBC’s collective agreements with the Canadian Federation of Musicians (the “CBC/CFM Agreement”) or ACTRA (“CBC/ACTRA Agreement”), as applicable. For up to 4 Band members, includes return economy airfare from the nearest major Canadian airport to the Band’s home origin to "host city", transfers to and from the "host city" airport, and double accommodation at a hotel to be chosen by CBC in its sole discretion. (approximate value: $10,000)

Long & McQuadeLong & McQuade:

$1,000 gift certificate from Long & McQuade for instruments, equipment, rentals, repairs. or lesions. Long & McQuade is Canada’s largest musical instrument retailer with 90 locations coast, to coast, to coast.

Toyota:

  • $2,500 worth of recording studio time at the studio of the performer’s choice provided by Toyota Canada Inc.
  • $2,500 worth of musical equipment/instruments provided by Toyota Canada Inc, in partnership with Yamaha Music.

RUNNER’S UP PRIZES

Four Top Ten runners-up will receive:

Play MPE GlobalPlay MPE Global Music Promotion Distribution Package:

Play MPE Global Music Promotion Distribution Package Canada + *additional countries (*approx two) promo distribution packages for each runner-up to promote 1 single (each). To be used within 1 year of winning. Value: Up to $1000 CAD per runner-up based on Play MPE global price list ($4000 CAD total for the runner up prize package)

Full-service campaign created and managed by Play MPE operations team which includes the creation of the release email, collation of content, promotional assets, materials and metadata, as well as the implementation of content distribution to customized recipient lists pertaining to the formats the winner applies to across preferred territories.

Each distribution will be sent in accordance with the “standard terms & conditions – list purchase order”, located at www.plaympe.com/standardterms

Only one release allowed (single or album)

Not redeemable for cash

Additional marketing 1 x social post to promote each Runner-Up’s winning single

Toyota Searchlight prize pack courtesy of Toyota Canada

  • $1,000 worth of recording studio time at the studio of the performer’s choice provided by Toyota Canada Inc.

Long & McQuadeLong & McQuade:

$1,000 gift certificate from Long & McQuade for instruments,equipment, rentals, repairs or lessons.

$500 worth of musical equipment/instruments provided by Toyota Canada Inc in partnership with Yamaha Music.

Canada’s Music Incubator Canada’s Music Incubator:

a 1-hour meeting with a CMI (Canada’s Music Incubator) mentor to help address the artist’s immediate music business challenges. Canada’s Music Incubator (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.

FAN CHOICE PRIZES

Each of the top three Fan Choice Winners will receive:

Long & McQuadeLong & McQuade:

$1,000 gift certificate from Long & McQuade for instruments,equipment, rentals, repairs, or lessons.

Play MPE GlobalPlay MPE Global Music Promotion Distribution Package:

Canada + *additional countries (*approx two) promo distribution packages for each runner-up to promote 1 single (each). To be used within 1 year of winning. Value: Up to $1000 CAD per runner-up based on Play MPE global price list ($4000 CAD total for the runner up prize package)

Full-service campaign created and managed by Play MPE operations team which includes the creation of the release email, collation of content, promotional assets, materials and metadata, as well as the implementation of content distribution to customized recipient lists pertaining to the formats the winner applies to across preferred territories.

Each distribution will be sent in accordance with the “standard terms & conditions – list purchase order”, located at www.plaympe.com/standardterms

Only one release allowed (single or album)

Not redeemable for cash

Canada’s Music Incubator Canada’s Music Incubator:

1-hour meeting with a CMI (Canada’s Music Incubator) mentor to help address the artist’s immediate music business challenges.