Rocksearch 2020



97.7 HTZ-FM's Rocksearch competition, in concert with Millstreet Brewery - Poured with Purpose​ - is a legendary hunt for the best new Rock band across Southern Ontario. In the past, we've helped launch some pretty awesome Canadian Rock acts who've gone on to be some of the biggest around, including Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Standstills and The Glorious Sons!



Additional prizing may be added throughout the contest


$2,500 in cash from 97.7 HTZ-FM and the opportunity to play FOUR 97.7 HTZ-FM events in the year following the date of Grand Prize announcement.


A photoshoot for the winning band

Presstime Logo

$1500 in customized merchandise from Presstime Design & Screenprint; The joy in our work comes from seeing a great design come to life or the look on a clients face when our product has exceeded their expectations. Our main focus has and will always be first-rate customer service, top-notch prints and the highest quality products we can produce. We are a design and screen printing shop and we don’t just do it. We do it good!

Long & McQuade Logo

$2,000 gift card to Long and McQuade Musical Instruments; Canada's Largest Musical Instrument Retailer, Serving Canadians since 1956. Full Service & Repairs. In-Store Financing. We Buy used Instruments. Types: Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Amps, Bass.


$700 Gift Card to spend on coffee & snacks on the road - that's like a free coffee every day for one person for a year!


One 3 hour in-person consultation session with the artist development team at Dine Alone Records - "Dine Alone Records is inspired by the idea of wanting to reach as many people as possible with music that moves us."






1. Read the Official Contest Rules & Regulations.

2. Upload three (3) original songs to your Soundcloud Profile. We recommend creating a private playlist for this, as the songs need to be available to us for download in the event you make it through to the voting round. Please see FAQ for additional information. 

3. Visit our Rocksearch Entry Page (this one) and complete the entry form (below) before April 3rd, 2020 at 5pm ET including your band biography, link to your Soundcloud, contact information, band image, social media and more. 



4. Our panel of judges will review all submissions between April 3rd, 2020 and April 9th, 2020 to narrow them down to the TOP 16. 

5. April 9th, 2020 - Soper & Brown will announce the TOP 16 LIVE on 97.7 HTZ-FM (around 8am)



6. April 14th, 2020 - April 26th, 2020  Starting at 9am on April 14th,  we will make the TOP 16 entries, including the 3 songs you uploaded to Soundcloud available on our website.  Listeners and fans are encouraged to visit to listen to the entries and then vote for their favourite band by (*1)texting their corresponding keyword to 977977. 8 of these entries will move on to the TOP 8 LIVE semi-final competition. 

7. April 27th, 2020 - Soper & Brown will announce the TOP 8 LIVE on 97.7 HTZ-FM (around 8am)



8. May 8th, 2020 & May 15th, 2020 - The Top 8 will compete in one of our 2 semi final showcases at Warehouse Concert Hall in St. Catharines.

9. May 19th, 2020 - Top 4 finalists will be announced on the radio with Soper & Brown.

10. May 22nd, 2020 - These 4 finalists will compete LIVE in our final showcase at Warehouse Concert Hall in St. Catharines.

Bands must be available to compete LIVE at the semi-finals (and finals if they make it through) in order to remain eligible.


Need help with your entry? Still have questions? Check out the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section and if you still need help, contact



CONTEST ENTRY CLOSES: April 3rd, 2020 @ 5pm ET
TOP 16 ANNOUNCEMENT: April 9th, 2020 on the radio with Soper & Brown
VOTING STARTS: April 14th, 2020 @ 9am
VOTING CLOSES: April 26th, 2020 @ 11:59pm ET
TOP 8 ANNOUNCEMENT: April 27th, 2020 on the radio with Soper & Brown
SEMI-FINAL SHOWCASE: May 8th, 2020 @ Warehouse Concert Hall
SEMI-FINAL SHOWCASE: May 15th, 2020 @ Warehouse Concert Hall
TOP 4 ANNOUNCEMENT: May 19th, 2020 on the radio with Soper & Brown
FINALE: May 22nd, 2020 @ Warehouse Concert Hall
WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 25th, 2020 on the radio with Soper & Brown

No purchase necessary. Contest starts at 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, February 10, 2020 and closes on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of Ontario, Canada who are nineteen (19) years of age or older. Some restrictions apply. Approx. retail value of grand prize: $8,700 CAD. Approx. retail value of second place prize: $300.00 CAD. Approx. retail value of third place prize: $200.00 CAD. The odds of winning a particular prize depend on the caliber of the performances of solo artists or bands who have qualified as finalists. Complete contest rules and entry available at