<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:06:28 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Mercedes Cheung at Flato Markham Theatre | Wed Oct 29 at 8 PM]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:25:45 +0000 12-year old Canadian-Chinese violinist, Mercedes Cheung (Zhang), has been hailed as being “A True Music Prodigy” having performed the 24 Caprices of Paganini at New York City's Carnegie Hall by heart at the age of 10, in addition to recording the same most virtuosic repertoire in one take on CD and DVD the same year (Available NOW in our Print Music Dept.).

Mercedes has been invited to perform as a soloist with one of the foremost and legendary violinist of our time, Shlomo Mintz, with the orchestra in Switzerland.  She was the Silver Medalist in the 2014's Teen's Talent Show - American Youth Talent Competition in New York. Ms. Cheung will be accompanied by Jeanie Chung on the piano.

Programme: Bach, Paganini, Waxman, Gluck, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Gade, Vieuxtemps, Brahms and Khachaturian.

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MERCEDES CHEUNG
Wednesday, October 29th at 8 PM
Flato Markham Theatre

Click HERE for tickets or Call the Box Office at 905-305-7469

For more information on MERCEDES CHEUNG, visit mercedescheung.com

Mercedes Chung Concert

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<![CDATA[Auralex Day at Cosmo Music (Thurs. Oct 16th at 7 PM | Audio Garage)]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:13:02 +0000 Join us in welcoming Terry Hayes from Auralex to Cosmo Music for a LIVE DEMO of some of their incredible acoustical and soundproofing solutions. Some of the products Terry will be demonstrating include: MoPads, GRAMMAs, ProPads, ProMax + more!

FREE to attend!

Date: Thurs, October 16, 2014
Time: 7 - 8:30PM
Where: Cosmo Music (in the Audio Garage Dept.)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Contact the AUDIO GARAGE at 905.770.5222 x340

Auralex Day

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<![CDATA[Get Your Strum On! Join the Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:28 +0000 GET YOUR STRUM ON!

The Toronto North Ukulele Jam is BACK this fall! Check out this weekly gathering of Uke-minded musicians for a fun and inspiring evening! We welcome adults of all ages, backgrounds, style interests and abilities to join in making music together (basic ukulele skills are required - Beginners are encouraged to inquire about UKE 101).

Date:
Every Monday Evening

Time:
7 - 9 PM (Sign-in 6:45 PM; Workshop 7 PM; Jam 8 PM)

Where:
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill

Cost:
Drop-in - $10/session (HST incl.)
Pre-paid - $90 for 10 sessions (HST incl.)

More Information:
Call 905-770-5222 x232
Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Toronto North Ukulele Jam

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<![CDATA[Peter Baartmans at Cosmo Music | Oct 11 at 11AM - 2PM]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:46:19 +0000 Join us in welcoming International Yamaha Keyboard Demonstrator Peter Baartmans for a special visit to Cosmo Music! Come and get all of your keyboard answers, tips and tricks from one of the best in the "biz".

Please RSVP to John Ebata at john@cosmomusic.ca.
Space is limited. Don't wait... RSVP today!

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 11AM - 2PM
Where: Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

See Peter in Action!

Peter Baartmans
About Peter Baartmans

Peter Baartmans started to play music at the age of five. From 1969, he studied piano and church-organ at the music school of Bergen op Zoom. In 1977, he continued these studies at the conservatory of Tillburg, the Netherlands. During this time, Peter started to play jazz in several jazz combos, was the pianist in a popular Big Band and played in various pop bands where he was the keyboard player for many well-known Dutch artists. In 1980, he participated in the Yamaha Electone Festival and won first prize in the national and European finals.

One year later, he started to work for Yamaha Musical Instruments in the Netherlands. In 1985, he started to do presentations and play concerts for Yamaha digital pianos and keyboards all over Europe. Since 1991, Peter performs presentations and concerts for Yamaha Corporation of Japan all over the world.

His great experience, unique style of presentation, the mixture of classical, jazz and pop, and the superb sound quality of Yamaha's latest digital instruments results in a unique and exceptional performance.

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<![CDATA[Club Cubase is BACK! Tues Sept 30th at 7 PM (Free Event)]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:59:50 +0000 Cosmo Music and Yamaha Canada Music are pleased to present the September meeting of Club Cubase North Toronto.

Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and anybody interested in making music with their computer. Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend. Users of all experience levels are welcome.

This month's meeting topic: Groove Agent 4

Groove Agent 4

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Club Cubase North Toronto

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<![CDATA[What's New? Cristina has September 2014's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:34:25 +0000 Cristina D'Alessandro, our Print Music Department Head, has some exciting news on what's happening at our store.

New Arrivals! Vinyl Records!

We're avid music lovers here, so we decided to host a catalogue of vinyl records. Come browse our collection of classic rock to modern pop. We stock a wide selection of your favourite bands and artists on vinyl from Warner Music Canada. This has just begun, so we'll be constantly adding more!

Fall Group Programs!

With the fall season upon us, The Cosmo School of Music is busier than ever with private lessons on every instrument and theory and group classes for all ages and abilities! Come and join the ukulele movement! We have two classes starting October 1st, for ages 5 to 8 and ages 8 to 11. This fun group class will introduce kids to the ukulele and have students playing in no time!

For kids 10 and up, check out our Rock Ensemble classes beginning Tuesday October 7th. If you’re passionate about rock music than this is your chance to rock out with a real band and learn from some of Cosmo’s most experienced music coaches! Or, if you’re looking for something a little mellower, then you’ll want to check out the group Didgeridoo program which begins on October 5th. Open to ages 12 and up, enjoy a truly meditative experience as you discover the essentials of contemporary didgeridoo playing. To register or for more information about our Group Lesson Programs, call 905-787-2090.

Exclusive Performances!

It's coming up this week! Legendary drummer Terry Bozzio is here this Friday and Saturday on September 19th and 20th! Friday tickets are sold out but there are still tickets left for Saturday. Click here to buy your tickets fast!

Canadian Singer Songwriter and guitarist, Jacob Moon will be here to perform on Thursday Sept 25. Artists like Rush and Gordon Lightfoot have praised Jacob Moon for his renditions of their songs. Tickets to this exclusive concert are only $8 and are available on our website. Click here for more details and to order your ticket.

And looking ahead to October, the world renowned A Cappella group Cadence will be performing here Wednesday October 22nd. This a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing. Click here to find out more and to get your tickets!

Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents CADENCE on Wed. Oct 22 at 7 PM]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:41:23 +0000 "Instruments are for Surgeons" 

The stage lights fall, the crowd goes quiet, and four harmonious voices rise up and fill the air. The melodies unfurl into something both familiar and fresh. What comes next may be a classic song by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima. It may be an old bebop standard or cheeky arrangement of a 1980s hit. But these are arrangements like you’ve never heard them before — containing all the richness of a full band, but performed using just four voices.

This is CADENCE, Canada’s premiere vocal group. Based in Toronto, this a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. The group’s four critically acclaimed studio albums, Cool Yule (2011), Speak Easy (2010), Twenty for One (2005), and Frost Free (2000) have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including three nods from the JUNO Awards and 10 from CARA, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Cadence’s live shows are always a hit. They feature a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun. On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course at any Cadence show, but so too is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. What these boys can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.

Check out this vocal phenomenon for yourself. One listen and you will agree; instruments are for surgeons!

Cosmo Music Presents CADENCE with Special Guests Wibi
Buy Ticket
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Cadence

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<![CDATA[FREE Webinar: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed (Part I)]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:10:27 +0000 You’re invited to a FREE Webinar on Friday, September 12 - Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed - Pt 1 - Courtesy of Ultimate Music Theory.

If you're a music teacher, a music student or interested in Music Theory in any way, this FREE Three Part Music Theory Teacher Training is for you. Sign up today – Spaces are limited! Join Founder and CEO of Ultimate Music Theory, Glory St. Germain for this special Part 1 Teacher Training. She will reveal the PROVEN Interval Teaching System on the What, Where and Why Secrets of how to teach Major, minor and Perfect intervals.

Plus, as an added BONUS, you will also learn a little "Secret Salute" that will help you become a master interval teacher and have more fun than a Perfect 5th with two accidentals!

Mark Your Calendar and Register Now!

Friday, September 12:

9:00 a.m. Pacific
10:00 a.m.  Mountain
11:00 a.m. Central
12:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Here: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed.

Ultimate Music Theory

This webinar is so special, we want you to share this and invite your teacher friends and colleagues  – it’s FREE but you must register today as spaces are limited.

P.S.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to watch the webinar later, you MUST register to be eligible to view the recording later.

Till Next Time...  Teach with Passion!

Glory St. Germain
Founder and CEO

 

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents JACOB MOON on Thurs. Sept 25 at 7 PM]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:43:08 +0000 "JACOB MOON is an exceedingly watchable performer... seems completely at home on stage." Ron Sexsmith

Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It's a compliment that JACOB MOON keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon's renditions of their songs and have lavished him praise and a spotlight that has gained him international attention. It is these inventive covers that draws the fans in, but it's Moon's original material and his compelling live show that make them pull up a chair.

Danny Miranda (bassist for Queen) concurs "Tremendous command of the instrument...amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music".

JACOB MOON is known for his giftedness as a singer, songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with an equally unforgettable talent!

Cosmo Music Presents JACOB MOON

Buy Ticket
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

 For more on JACOB MOON, click here.

Jacob Moon

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<![CDATA[Toronto North Ukulele Jam SPECIAL EDITION Featuring Manitoba Hal (Mon. Aug 11th, 7 - 9 PM)]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:41:41 +0000 Manitoba Hal is the ukulele world's foremost bluesman. He's an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, but he is best known for his ukulele chops. Hal proves that the uke can be small, but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies.

Hal uses a looping technology to produce a one-man-band experience, adding subtle but important background beats to his extraordinary ukulele strumming and riffing. Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail.

Join Manitoba Hal for his first appearance at Cosmo Music's Toronto North Ukulele Jam! You won't want to miss this!

Date and Time:
Monday, August 11th at  7 - 9 PM (special mini-concert and workshop)

Where:
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

For more information on the Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie, CLICK HERE.

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