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Local singer caught in CBC’s Searchlight – and that’s a good thing

February 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Brock Weir


“Brother, I see you in my dreams,” could very well be the first words Canadians from coast-to-coast hear from local singer Julian Bachlow.

And so begins his latest single, Family Ties, which has garnered Bachlow a place in the first round voting of CBC’s Searchlight competition, an annual competition from CBC Music looking for Canada’s best undiscovered talent.

Open to all “ambitious” Canadians who have an original song, the competition offers musicians the chance to take their craft to the next level with songwriting, marketing, networking and opportunities to perform live.

Bachlow, 31,  a native of New Tecumseth, has been an aspiring musician since the age of 12.

As a child, he and his late brother, used to perform their music in home movies and otherwise enjoying music in their very musically-inclined family.

“I played classically until I was about 15 and then what happened was I started making my own music,” Bachlow recalls. “I started walking around high school selling keyboarding CDs after I made arrangements and compositions, and then I was in my room and my brother would come in and say, ‘Julian, that’s a great track. Keep going with that.’ Ultimately, I decided to take my music a bit further.

“My brother passed away when I was 22 and that struck a huge thing with me. Since then I have put out my first album and I was really determined to finish it. A lot of it was for my brother and I really wanted to get something out there – and that really sparked my whole music career.”

Submitting Family Ties into the CBC Searchlight competition, Julian was looking for a way to springboard into the next phase of his career. Having worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a case and peer support worker, he has put that on the backburner to focus on performing and seeing what he can truly achieve giving 100 per cent to his passion.

“I want to be able to tour, be able to live off making music and put my whole life into music, and that is what giving 100 per cent means to me,” he says. “I am ready for things to come.”

But in order to achieve this dream through the CBC’s Searchlight, he will need you to vote – and vote often.

The ultimate winner will receive a Juno Master Class with Allan Slaight and what is described as a “Juno Awards Experience” featuring a mentorship program with industry leaders, a live performance for industry honchos in Toronto, a performance at JunoFest and an opportunity to attend the Juno Awards themselves.

The top prize also includes a residency at Studio Bell, part of the National Music Centre in Calgary where the winning musician will have a chance to access more than 300 historic musical instruments and immerse themselves in 450 years of music innovation and technology.

Finally, the winning artist will have a chance to pull together all the skills they have learned through the Searchlight program and bring it to thousands of music fans at the CBC Music Festival this May, which will be held at Toronto’s Echo Beach.

“The thing that stuck out most for me was the artist development opportunity,” says Julian. “I have always had a difficult time with artist development, being one person and having so many ideas. It’s hard to know where to concentrate them and hone down exactly where you want to put all your finances when it comes to developing your musical career. You can spend $500 on a music marketing campaign and yet nothing can really happen from it.

To vote for Julian, and to hear Family Ties, visit

It’s a crowded field, and when asked why readers should vote for him, perhaps aside from hometown pride, Julian offers a succinct response.

“I want them to vote for a Canadian who is going to be a great artist for Canada,” he says. “If they want an artist who is going to thrive in the music industry and be a Canadian music artist, start in Canada and end in Canada, and hopefully affect the whole world by being Canadian, [vote for me]. Even if I don’t win this, even just getting coverage is really important and I am blessed. Give me a chance and I’ll show you what I can do.”


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