Rocksearch 2023


97.7 HTZ-FM’s Rocksearch competition 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, The Glorious Sons, Crownlands and CONVERSATION!

The top 3 bands will rock out in the ROCKSEARCH FINALE on June 16 at Warehouse Concert Hall!






$2,500 CASH from 97.7 HTZ-FM

$2,000 to spend at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

$1,500 in custom merch from Presstime Design and Screenprint

A consultation session with the artist development team at Dine Alone Records

A band photoshoot courtesy of G3 Designs

PLUS, the opportunity to play a couple HTZ-FM events over the next year!




April 3 – ENTER NOW! Sure, you have until April 28 at 5pm, but don’t wait!

Now, behind the scenes we’re listening, calculating, judging, and preparing for…

May 5 – Top 12 Announcement – Tune in to Soper & Brown to hear the Top 12 Announcement. Now HTZ Nation will have their say – online voting kicks off and runs until May 18.

May 23 – Top 6 Announcement – Hold your breath and cross your fingers while tuning into Soper & Brown for the Top 6 Announcement. These six bands will go head to head in two live showcases at Warehouse Concert Hall.

June 2 – Semi Final Showcase – Mark this date in your calendar, if you’ve made it through, you’ll be hitting the stage and rocking the crowd for a 15 minute set. You’ll be performing in front of your fans, (the other bands’ fans) and a panel of esteemed judges.

June 5 – Top 3 Announcement – We’ve narrowed it down to the Top 3 bands who will compete in the Rocksearch Finale at Warehouse Concert Hall. Tune in to Soper & Brown to hear if that’s you!

June 16 – Rocksearch Finale – The Top 3 bands will give it their all on stage at Warehouse!

June 19 – THIS IS IT. KEEP IT LOCKED to 97.7 HTZ-FM as Soper & Brown announce which of the final three bands made it all the way through to being the Rocksearch 2023 Champions!