Search is on for Canadian Miley Cyrus

Universal Music Canada offers 'Instant Star' contract

TORONTO -- Universal Music Canada has joined the search for Canada's version of Miley Cyrus.

The Canadian label will offer a record contract to the winner of "The Instant Star," a summer reality talent show from YTV, Canada's kids cable channel, and producer Tricon Films & Television, that will bow July 18.

The homegrown series will see young Canadians age 15 and younger compete for singing stardom. CTV's rival summer "Canadian Idol" series has a cutoff age of 16.

Universal Music Canada's talent stable includes Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado and Paul Anka.