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The Top 16 acts in our Searchlight contest have been revealed. These 16 contenders will now be paired off to compete for your vote starting 3pm ET/noon PT today until March 24 at midnight ET. Help determine which of these acts deserves the title of Canada's best new artist. The winning act will take home $20,000 in music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, plus they'll be flown to Toronto to perform at our upcoming CBC Music Festival.

Follow the link below to learn more about each contender, or stream our "Sweet 16" playlist below:

ListenSearchlight Top 16

Good Ol' Goats (Kelowna)
Rosie June (Victoria)

Motel Raphael (Montreal)
Poor Angus (Hamilton) (Quebec)
Close Talker (Saskatoon)

Absolute Forever (Vancouver)
Dreamz (Toronto)

Elton Adams (Winnipeg)
Randi Boulton (Calgary)

Sarah Smith (Windsor)
Ambre McLean (K.W)

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case (St. John's)
Shy-Anne Hovorka (Thunder Bay)

Henry Norwood (Ottawa)
Tristan Horncastle & Southern Drive (Fredericton)


Searchlight: Vote Now

Searchlight: Meet the national long list contestants

Grant Lawrence's hits and misses from the first 2 rounds

posted by CBC Music on Mar 18, 2013