Todd Richard makes first cut in contest

Harrison country singer moves forward in CBC Radio contest

He did it — with a lot of help from his friends.

Harrison Hot Springs’ country singer Todd Richard has made it through to the second round of CBC Radio’s Searchlight contest, which is seeking out top music artists from across the country.

He is now a regional semi-finalist, one his way to the big prize.

Hundreds of entries were posted online last month and the musicians were broken into regions of the country, and were searchable by music type. Fans could vote online for up to 10 contestants per region, per day.

Richard is among 25 contestants from the Vancouver area, competing against acts like Robyn & Ryleigh and Hayley McLean.

Richard had promised his fans that if he were to make it through to the second round of the contest, he would post a video of himself running through the Village whooping it up in celebration.

And true to his word, he posted that video on Monday afternoon, shortly after learning he’d made the cut.

“It’s all thank you to everybody that was involved in helping us vote,” he said. “Thank you so much everybody.”

This portion of the contest is open until Sunday, April 13. The top 10 regional finalists will be posted online the following day, and continue narrowing down with the help of votes, and eventually a panel of celebrity judges. The eventual grand prize winner will walk away with $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording with CBC Music, and a spot on the bill with Tegan and Sara, and Spoon at the CBCMusic.ca Festival in Vancouver.

“Vote every day,” he encouraged his fans. “Go crazy.”

To vote, visit music.cbc.ca.

Just Posted

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Harrison Hot Springs to partner with Sts’ailes for reconciliation event

The event will be funded by a grant meant to build dialogue between cities and local First Nations

Chilliwack vintage shop swings open doors at new location

Marion’s Dressing Room the newest place to shop on Mill Street

Agassiz-Harrison Museum showcases refreshed galleries, exhibits

The museum opened for the season on the May long weekend

Ryan McMahon brings new tunes to Acoustic Emporium in Chilliwack

Album is ‘snapshot of a soon-to-be middle-aged man trying to beat the blues,’ says singer-songwriter

VIDEO: Quadriplegic man takes flight over Harrison Mills

Jim Ryan hasn’t moved his arms or legs for three years, but that didn’t stop him from paragliding

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

UBC prof says report citing $89B home equity loss a ‘grassroots movement of the rich’

Report says longtime homeowners are being taxed out of their homes by the NDP

RCMP target speeders between Abbotsford and Surrey in month-long blitz

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

TransLink fares to go up on July 1

Fares will increase by a few cents to a few dollars

Roadside device to weed out THC can’t detect impairment, B.C. lawyer says

‘This fact alone is likely to have serious implications for Canadians’ Charter Rights,’ lawyer Sarah Leamon warns

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most Read