<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:08:06 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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

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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

<![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)

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.

<![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars Road Show is Stopping by Cosmo Music! Thurs. August 21 @ 7 PM]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:49:24 +0000 UPDATE!

The Taylor Road Show was a great success! Wayne Johnson and Michael Lille from Taylor showed off some truly stunning guitars (and played some great pieces too!). Catch a glimpse below:


The Taylor Guitars Road Show is all about guitars, giving you a chance to talk shop with the team from the Taylor factory. Whether you're new to Taylor, a longtime Taylor owner, or thinking about getting your first guitar, we think you'll find our Road Show a fun, informative event.


Grammy Award Winner, Wayne Johnson will be in attendance with the Taylor Guitars Team.


Admission is FREE!
RSVP by filling out your information below.**


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Taylor Guitars Road Show at Cosmo Music


* Must be over 13. Please read the Official Rules can be found HERE.

** RSVP does not include a seat reservation. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

<![CDATA[FREE Workshop for Piano Teachers: "All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano" with Helen Marlais! ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:45:35 +0000 Cosmo Music and FJH Music Company Inc. invite you to a FREE pedagogy workshop for piano teachers (RSVP Required). This summer's workshop will introduce the All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano ®

The All in One is perfect for a 30 minute lesson. Busy students learn the essentials of piano playing all in one book!  Dr. Marlais’ will share videos of her students in this new approach so that you can see first-hand how to use the All-in-One in your studio. Dr. Marlais will also discuss how to integrate both the respected Succeeding at the Piano® core method and the All-in-One Approach into your studio for success with all types of students. Best of In Recital® Solos, the newest addition in the ever-popular In Recital® series, will also be included in this workshop and you will learn more about the Play Your Scales and Chords Every Day® and Energize Your Fingers Every Day® technique books, as well as the popular supplementary reading series Succeeding with a Notespeller.  All of these books in The FJH Pianist's Curriculum® are designed to supplement every lesson according to each of your student’s needs.

Register today and don't miss this chance to attend a highly informative and insightful workshop with this outstanding clinician.

When: Saturday, August 16th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Where: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro, Print Music Dept. Head to register! 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

FJH Workshop

*Workshop attendees will also be eligible to SAVE 25% off all FJH Publications on this day (Saturday, August 16th, 2014).

About Helen Marlais

Helen MarlaisDr. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano music and an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company Inc. The critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series: Succeeding at the Piano® –A Method for Everyone,
Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Every Day®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, included in The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum® by Helen Marlais, are designed to guide students from the beginner through advanced levels. Dr. Marlais gives pedagogical workshops worldwide and the method Succeeding at the Piano® is published in South Korea and Taiwan. She presents showcases for The FJH Music Company at national conventions and internationally.

Dr. Marlais has performed and presented throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Italy,
England, France, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, New
Zealand, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Russia. She has recorded on Gasparo, Centaur
and Audite record labels with her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell. Their
recording, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the 2013 International
Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical
musicians today. She has also recorded numerous educational piano CD’s for Stargrass
Records®. She has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota,
Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras,
and has premiered many new works by contemporary composers from the United States,
Canada, and Europe.

Dr. Marlais received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern
University, her MFA in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and was
awarded the Outstanding Alumna in the Arts from the University of Toledo, where she
received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance. As well as being the
Director of Keyboard Publications for The FJH Music Company, Dr. Marlais is also
an Associate Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. Visit: www.helenmarlais.com

<![CDATA[A Legend Arrives! AN EVENING WITH TERRY BOZZIO at Cosmo Music]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:00:36 +0000 Update: 2nd Show Announced!
Cosmo Music is pleased to announce that TERRY BOZZIO will be hosting a SECOND CLINIC date here at Cosmo Music on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 7PM. The first date sold out fast - be sure to secure your tickets now and join us for an evening in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall and prepare to learn and be amazed!

Terry's worked with world class artists such as Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and Steve Vai, living up to their high standards of musicianship. His monstrous beast of a kit isn't just for show. He takes an inventive approach to drumming, tuning the kit in unique ways to bring a heightened level of creativity to the drums. But these technical aspects don't distract from his natural feel and musical groove.

Cosmo Music is excited to be the ONLY ONTARIO STOP for his 2014 North American tour - this is the first ever of it's kind - never before has this drumming legend embarked on a full on coast to coast North American tour with his monster drumset.

Rolling Stone
Checkout the Rolling Stone article on Terry's North American Tour: Zappa Drum Legend Terry Bozzio on Touring the World's Largest Tuned Kit


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Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Friday VIP Tickets: SOLD OUT!
Friday Regular Tickets: SOLD OUT!


Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[Club Cubase - Tues. June 24 @ 7PM (Last Meeting Before September)]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:21:59 +0000 Cosmo Music and Yamaha Canada Music are pleased to present the June 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 are free and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend. Users of all experience levels are welcome.

We will continue our discussion of audio production techniques, and this will be our last meeting before we adjourn for the summer, before resuming in September.

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (Last Meeting Before September)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Club Cubase Toronto North

<![CDATA[Music Monday @ Cosmo Music - May 5th, 2014 #MM10]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:55:32 +0000 Music Monday - 10th Anniversary
Monday, May 5th, 2014

Join Canadians from every region of the country to emphasize the importance of music education as Music Monday turns 10! Let’s take a stand in our communities and perform the same song on the same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song.

On Monday, May 5th, Music Monday celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country; ending with synchronized nationwide performances of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Four schools from York Region will be here at Cosmo Music to join Mr. Hadfield and other schools from across the nation via webcast for a special performance of I.S.S.

Visit musicmonday.ca and there will be a link to watch the live webcast. The webcast will focus on special events in 10 cities across Canada, representing music education from each region. This live showcase will include performances by school groups and local musicians, to messages from prominent Canadian musicians, politicians and leaders, and inspiration and encouragement from local youth, parents and industry advocates.


<![CDATA[Club Cubase with Special Guest Speaker, Brent Bodrug (Alanis Morissette, Ron Sexsmith)]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:36:58 +0000 This month, Club Cubase North Toronto is excited to welcome BRENT BODRUG as our special guest speaker.

Brent is a songwriter, producer, and engineer who relies on Steinberg's Nuendo and CMC controllers as the centrepiece of his studio, the Sly-Fi Chapel. Brent studied under jazz great Oscar Peterson, and he has worked with artists ranging from Alanis Morissette, Alan Frew, Sarah Harmer, Ron Sexsmith , Jimmie Vaughan, and Duke Robillard, among numerous others.

He will join us to discuss his craft as an artist and engineer, as well as his experience running a successful independent studio in a rapidly changing media and business landscape.

Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Club Cubase Brent Bodrug

<![CDATA[Introducing Kanile'a Ukulele's HAWAIIAN LAUNCH PARTY at Cosmo Music]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:45:13 +0000 Say "Goodbye" to Winter and "ALOHA" to Spring!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music

UPDATE: Kanile'a Ukulele Presentation at Cosmo Music

Spend the evening at Cosmo Music with Kanileˋa Ukulele President, Mr. Joe Souza & Vice President, Kristen Souza to learn about all the exciting products offered by Kanileˋa Ukulele. Learn about the history of the ukulele, discover the many tone woods, designs and playing options by one of the Hawaiian Island’s foremost Ukulele manufacturers. Kanile'a Ukulele will have instruments on hand for attendees to experience up close. People will also be treated to a special Hawaiian ukulele music performance featuring hula dancing!

Have your questions answered by industry professionals and learn some insider tips on how to take your Ukulele skills to the next level.

Here's a SNEAK PEEK at some of the Kanile'a Ukuleles coming to Cosmo Music!

PLUS Save 10% on all Kanileˋa Ukulele products on April 10th!*

RSVP to events@cosmomusic.ca Today! Space is limited.

Kanile'a Ukulele Hawaiian Launch Party

*Offer valid only April 10, 2014. Offer only applies in-stock, specially selected items and new purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music + Ibanez Present: A Performance Clinic With TOSIN ABASI]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:51:41 +0000 Cosmo Music + Ibanez Present...

A Performance Clinic With TOSIN ABASI
Thursday April 24, 2014
7 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music

Tosin Abasi plays The Woven Web, CAFO & demonstrates "thumping" technique at Cosmo Music

TOSIN ABASI is best known for playing the 7 and 8 stringed guitar in the instrumental progressive metal band "Animals as Leaders". Based out of Washington D.C., he utilizes the power of techniques and the endless possibilities of guitar playing in any genre.

Tosin is primarily self taught, but studied jazz and classical guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, learning an extended range guitar can offer a lot of possibility's for composition, the resources available to 6 string guitarist don't exist in the same prominence for the 7 string (especially the 8 string guitar), through his compositions he hopes to break down the approach to utilizing the 7 and 8 string guitars, in both lead and rhythm work. Also examining multiple techniques such as; hybrid picking, sweeping, taping and slapping.

Artist that have inspired and influenced him include; Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Adam Rogers, and Kurt Cobain.

This is an evening YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

Tickets: $15
Note: your purchase confirmation email is your ticket to the event. Please print and bring your confirmation with you to the event.

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Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Tosin Abasi