Kamloops talent vying for votes in CBC's Searchlight music contest

Voting in the first round runs until May 20 before narrowing to the Top 100

A baker's dozen of Kamloops artists are among those hoping to get noticed in CBC's annual Searchlight music contest.

Voting in the first round, which will cut the field down to the Top 100, will end on May 20 at 1 p.m. From there, voters will further narrow the field to 10 by June 8. The grand prize winner and four runners-up will then be determined by a panel of judges, to be announced June 22.

To vote, go online to the CBC Searchlight website and search the artist's name.


Paul "Rob" Sawan goes by the moniker K.A.S.P., which stands for Keeping Stories Alive in People. The Kamloops rapper's submission this year is Keepers of the Earth.

The Houses (Where We Grew Up)

Back again this year, The Houses, a Kamloops indie rock/noise pop duo that has been productive lately. They describe themselves as, "if Radiohead decided to have fun with loud amps again." Their submission this year is Killer, from their 2019 EP of the same name. Keep an eye out for new music from the group in June.

Kenzie Cates

Kamloops-born and now Vancouver-based pop artist Kenzie Cates is following up on her single Black Magic, released in 2018. She also has another single out, called Just Ain't You, released this month. Her submission in the contest is Ruin It.

JP Lancaster

Kamloops music veteran JP Lancaster has entered a single from his latest album, Around Town. His entry is the psych-pop track West End. Lancaster is the former front-man of At Mission Dolores (among other bands) and local label Factotum CO.

Marshall Potts

Country/rock track Hearts in the Sky is Kamloops singer-songwriter Marshall Potts' submission. Potts has an album out called Long Goodbyes (2015) as well as a pair of singles available on his website, marshallpotts.com.


Loops, made up of Kevin Roy and Jon Fennell, has submitted One More Story, an elegy for Roy's father. The band has been performing virtual shows and raising money for community organizations in need.

Devon More

Shakespeare's take on Portia, the wife of Roman statesman Brutus, is the inspiration behind Devon More's submission. The track was commissioned by Western Canada Theatre and Musical TheatreWorks as part of Lady Macbeth and the Note Quite Dead, a collection of 17 songs commissioned by artists across the country.

Michelle Simpson

Simpson was born in Calgary but raised in Kamloops. The independent singer-songwriter has released two albums and is currently working on a third. Her entry is called I Won't Ever Forget.

Leon Racicot

Racicot, entering for the third year in a row, put forth his classic rock track Foolin'.

Spoils of Grace (Darryl Sharp/Daz the Punk)

Darryl Sharp, also known as Daz tha Punk, put forth his pandemic project he released under the name Spoils of Grace. His submission is Linchpin, a dark industrial soundscape.

Geo aka The Voice

Riding Bikes is the submission by Geo aka The Voice, a Skeetchestn hip-hop artist who also performs with Indigenous fusion group The Melawmen Collective.

Jeremy Androsoff

Kamloops-based Jeremy Androsoff has submitted a brand new track called Cancel Culture (Bandwagon). Androsoff hosts a radio show on CFBX called Anime-d in Japan Insanity on the Radio, which airs on Sundays at 2 p.m.


Self-described as "sinister rock music," Bitcorrupter has put forth The Empire, a track off his 2020 album Arson Record. The band's website, bitcorrupter.com, is also a sight to behold.

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