Kelowna man in top 100

Alanna Kelly

A Kelowna artist is getting recognized across Canada for his music.

Twenty-three-year-old Shaedan Hawse has made it through to the top 100 in CBC’s Searchlight contest after over 2,000 entries were submitted.

“It’s been weeded out to 100 and thanks to the generous local community I was in the top 50 for votes,” he said.

The next round of cuts will come Thursday, and people can vote for his song "Montreal" until Wednesday at noon.

The final winner receives a weeklong master class in Toronto, a recording contract from Studio One in Calgary and a performance at the 2018 Juno’s in Vancouver.

“I think people recognize when other people are genuine and when you are not trying to put on a show you are just being yourself and laying it all on the line,” he said.

Hawse doesn't know exactly how many voted for him, but said the entire experience has been humbling so far.

“I didn’t know I would get this much support already so anything from here is kind of gravy,” he said.

The five artists with the most votes will advance along with five artists selected by a panel of judges.

To vote or to listen to Hawse’s full song, visit his Facebook page.

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