**CBC Searchlight Finalist: **Dylan Menzie
What: Folk, Roots
Where: Belle River, PEI
CBC recently wrapped up its latest Searchlight Competition, in which they sought to uncover some of Canada’s best up-and-coming talent. When the dust settled, Vancouver indie-soul songstress Desirée Dawson emerged victorious, beating out upwards of 2,000 artists from all across Canada. She took home a significant prize, which included a $25,000 Canadian Musician Career Booster prize pack in addition to $20,000 in instruments from Yamaha Canada Music, a slot playing the 2016 CBC Music Festival, and more. The other three finalists were Andi, Dylan Menzie, and Teo Milea.
Listening to the way he goes about crafting his songs, it is easy to understand how Dylan Menzie advanced so far in the competition. A pop songwriter with the chops of established artists like Ron Sexsmith (of whom he is an avid fan and with whom he’s shared the stage), Menzie’s sprawling vocal range and knack for melody is sure to resonate with music fans of all ages. The musician defines success in a unique way, noting: “I just want to be able to pay my bills and always have work coming in. To me, that’s success.”