<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:12:14 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[It's Coming Back! CosmoFEST's $10000 OPENING LINEUP GIVEAWAY]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:44:51 +0000 Back by popular demand

We are pleased to announce that our CosmoFEST $10000 OPENING LINEUP GIVEAWAY is making a return to CosmoFEST 2016 on Saturday, June 4th, 2016.

$10000 opening lineup giveaway

Some may call us "crazy." Yes, we're crazy, "crazy for giving more stuff away."

Want to know how you can get in on this sweet giveaway? Here's the inside scoop...

Cosmo Music store vouchers will be given out on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE basis between 8AM and 9AM to only the FIRST 300 people in line.*

Best to arrive before 8AM as last year's lineup got pretty BIG.

All vouchers will contain a minimum of $25, 10 RANDOM VOUCHERS will contain $300*

You have a 1 in 30 chance of getting $300 to spend at CosmoFEST on whatever gear you want. Not too shabby.

*Additional Details: $10000 Opening Lineup Giveaway will be available for a limited time and while quantities last; Vouchers will be given on a first-come first-serve basis between 8AM and 9AM on June 4, 2016 to only the first 300 people in line at the front entrance of Cosmo Music. All vouchers contain a minimum of $25, 10 random vouchers will contain $300; the maximum sum of all potential vouchers issued is $10,250. One per household and/or family. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to cashier. Limit of one Voucher per purchase.

And there's more...

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are comingahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[Just Announced: SPECIAL SUHR GUITARS PRESENTATION with Rock/Fusion Virtuoso ANDY WOOD at CosmoFEST!]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:39:35 +0000 We're pleased to announce that rock/fusion virtuoso ANDY WOOD will be joining our 'Justice League' of musicians on Saturday, June 4th for CosmoFEST 2016! Andy will be  performing LIVE in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for a special SUHR GUITARS presentation .

Andy Wood

Experience the latest and greatest from SUHR GUITARS, schmooze with on-site Suhr Factory Representatives and bear witness to one of this generation's top influential guitarists.

FREE RSVP Tickets (Will be available soon)

A full list & schedule of CosmoFEST Cosmopolitan Music Hall events and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Here's a little taste of Andy's incredible musicianship to hold you over until CosmoFEST:


ANDY WOOD is recognized as part of the forefront of this generation’s top influential guitarists. Currently touring as the guitarist and mandolinist for country super group, RASCAL FLATTS, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE, the new double album which showcases Andy’s vast musical influences and abilities.

Looking for an outlet for styles other than hard rock, Andy also released his debut solo album A DISCONCERTING AMALGAM. This instrumental record covers a broad range of genres including fusion, rock, metal, and acoustic bluegrass. Andy Wood is known for blurring the lines of preconceived genres. Andy has toured as a guitarist for various acts, including Rascal Flatts (current) Sebastian Bach, Disciple, and Scott Stapp.

For more on ANDY WOOD, check out his website.


Based in Lake Elsinore, California, JS Technologies was co-founded in 1997 by John Suhr and Steve Smith to produce the award winning Suhr Guitars and Custom Audio Amplifier brands. Cosmo Music is Suhr Guitars #1 retailer in Canada. Cosmo Music can also custom build your Suhr guitar to tailor you, contact us at support@cosmomusic.ca to get started.

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[Over 200 EXPERTS from over 120 Brands under a 12,000 SQ FT EXPO MEGA TENT Coming to CosmoFEST!]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:42:25 +0000 "We're going to need a BIGGER Boat..." JAWS anyone?!

Sorry, we mean... "We're going to need a BIGGER EXPO TENT!"

We're are pleased to announce that 200+ EXPERTS representing over 120 BRANDS will be on hand at CosmoFEST on Saturday, June 4th in our EXPO MEGA TENT! We have had to almost double the size of our tent this year - bringing it to more than 12,000 SQ FT of musical instrument & gear goodness!

See if you can pick out some of your FAVOURITE BRANDS below:

EXPO Tent BrandsBesides getting to ask questions and mix n' mingle with these experts in person, you'll  have the opportunity to test out the latest product releases from NAMM & Musikmesse 2016!

PLUS make sure to visit ALL BOOTHS to get your ballots for your chance to WIN some truly sweet GRAND PRIZES (over  $30,000 in product will be up for grabs)!

GRAND PRIZES will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned!

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST 2016 - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[Gretsch TWANG-O-RAMA Celebration & Concert Event - FREE EVENT!]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:18:58 +0000 LIVE in person…

JOE CARDUCCI – Gretsch Product Marketing Specialist &

PAUL PIGAT – Canada’s TWANG-MASTER Guitarist

Multi-media presentation, “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going with Gretsch Guitars

LIVE band performance featuring PAUL PIGAT

Free of Charge, Open to the public, All Ages

Free Gretsch Swag & Prizes

PLUS attend for your chance to WIN a Gretsch G2420T Streamliner Electric Guitar! Must be present at event to be eligible for draw.

Gretsch TWANG-O-RAMA Celebration & Concert Event


Gretsch TWANG-O-RAMA Celebration & Concert Event

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Time: 7PM (doors open 6:30PM)
Where: Cosmo Music (10 Via Renzo Drive Richmond Hill, ON)


You'd never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man's sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo's soul, there aren't many genres of music that don't pull at Pigat's wayfaring imagination like a magnet. In many ways, it's a mystery why Paul Pigat isn't a household name yet. Maybe he'd be a lot easier to pin down if he wasn't so darn good at so many different things.

Click here for more about PAUL PIGAT.

<![CDATA[Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience Coming to CosmoFEST!]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:46:14 +0000 FEEL THE RUMBLE


Davies Harley-Davidson from Richmond Hill is bringing something real special to CosmoFEST this Saturday, June 4th! Introducing The Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience!

CosmoFEST 2016 - Harley-Davidson Jumpstart Rider Experience

You may have heard people say that there’s nothing like being on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Now, you can find out for yourself – even if you have no previous experience with motorcycles.

The Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed, stationary support stand.
• No knowledge or previous motorcycle experience necessary
• Motorcycle will not tip over

You’ll mount the bike, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of trained personnel. Give the throttle a twist and hear that unforgettable Harley sound. Sitting comfortably on the bike, you’ll continue to shift through the gears – all safely and securely attached to the JUMPSTART™ platform.

Ready to try it out? Then you better mark Saturday, June 4th on your calendar and make it out to ride this bad boy in person at CosmoFEST!

Davies Harley-Davidson

Can't wait until June 4th to ride a Harley? It's ok, we don't blame you. Visit Davies Harley-Davidson on 8779 Yonge Street here in Richmond Hill and check out their extensive inventory of brand spanking new and pre-owned hogs today!


RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST 2016 - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music & Ernie Ball Music Man Present JOHN PETRUCCI Exclusive Limited Meet N' Greet Session]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:28:59 +0000


Did we snap your meet n' greet photo with JOHN PETRUCCI? Find them here! 

You heard right folks! "GOD" also known as JOHN PETRUCCI is stopping by Cosmo Music
THIS SATURDAY, April 16th between 2:30 - 3:30 PM



Cosmo Music & Ernie Ball Music Man Present JOHN PETRUCCI

In Conjunction with 94.9 The Rock

Date: Saturday April 16, 2016
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM (check-in an hour early, 1:30 PM)
Where: Cosmo Music (10 Via Renzo Drive Richmond Hill, ON)

100 fans have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the man himself PLUS a signing card!



Photography for MEET N' GREET Ticket Holders

A photographer will be on-hand to take photo of you with John. A web link will be sent to all attendee email addresses within 48 hours of the event to access your photo. Attendees will not be allowed to take any selfies. The use of any personal recording devices (smartphones, point & shoot cameras, DSLRs etc.) will not be permitted.

DREAM THEATER at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Get your complete DREAM THEATER fill as the group presents "The Astonishing" Live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts later that evening! Very few tickets are left!



He is best known as the Grammy-nominated guitarist and founding member of the progressive metal band DREAM THEATER. JOHN PETRUCCI is also the band's producer and main lyricist as well as an original member of the acclaimed LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT with Tony Levin. John is a long standing veteran of Joe Satriani's prestigious G3 tours with Steve Vai, Erick Johnson and Paul Gilbert.

<![CDATA[Taylor Guitars Takeover at Cosmo Music]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:08:59 +0000 Thursday, October 1st - Saturday, October 3rd, 2015



Watch Michael Lille and Kenny Echizen go over the different Taylor body shapes at the Taylor Roadshow.


The experts from Taylor Guitars are making the trip from El Cajon, California to TAKEOVER Cosmo Music for 3 incredible days of free events, music, great deals, guitar giveaways and more! Admission is FREE for all events!

Taylor Guitars Cosmo Music Takeover

Here's the rundown...

Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM

Taylor Guitars Roadshow

Taylor Guitars Road Show

Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

An evening of guitar talk and demos with Taylor's friendly factory experts:
• Test-drive the latest Taylor models
• Hear how guitar shapes and woods affect tone
• Enjoy special pricing on custom Taylors
• Road Show GS Mini Giveaway*




*Attendees will have the opportunity to enter a ballot upon entry into the Road Show. Maximum of ONE (1) ballot per ticket holder will be accepted at the door upon entry into the Music Hall. ONE (1) winning ballot will be selected at random at the end of the evening to take home a GS Mini guitar. Specific GS Mini guitar model for giveaway will be announced at Road Show. Must be present at Road Show to be eligible for giveaway.


Friday, October 2nd at 4 - 8 PM

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room Open House

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room (inside Cosmo Music)

Schmooze with Taylor staff in Cosmo Music's brand new Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room - the only one of its kind in Canada!
• Mix n' mingle with Taylor staff
• Try out more than 100 Taylor guitars in-stock
• Wine tasting and an assortment of cheese will be served**
• Receive a FREE re-string voucher and a set of Elixir strings with Taylor guitar test-drive***

**Available while supplies last. Must be legal drinking age in Ontario to participate in wine tasting.

***A limited number of re-string vouchers and Elixir strings will be available for this promotion. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. ONE (1) set of strings and ONE (1) re-string voucher per person, per household, regardless of the number of guitars test-driven. While quantities last. Full details of FREE re-string voucher will be stipulated on printed voucher. Guitar must be in good playing condition to be eligible for a complimentary restringing. Cosmo Music reserves the right to determine complimentary guitar restringing eligibility by a Cosmo Music guitar repair technician. Vouchers are for re-string appointments made between Oct 5th - Oct 31st, 2015 only. Cosmo Music does not guarantee that service times will be available for this complimentary service. Limit of ONE (1) instrument per person. Complete set-up is not included in this promotion. Intonation, neck, nut, and saddle adjustments are also not included in this promotion. Regular rates and wait times will apply to any instrument that requires extensive adjustment.


Saturday, October 3rd at 11 AM - 6 PM

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Tom's Guitar Hangar (inside Cosmo Music)

Taylor’s Find Your Fit program offers you a personal consultation with an expert from the Taylor factory to match you with the Taylor guitar that’s right for you. We’ll identify your player profile and recommend the body shape and tonewood pairings that best match your playing style. We’ll answer any questions you have. And if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ll help you understand the basics. Come see us and find your fit.

A variety of giveaways will take place throughout the day.

Appointments are FREE and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of appointments available. Approx. length of appointment is 20 minutes.




But wait, there's more...

Visit Cosmo Music between Mon Sept 28th - Sat Oct 3rd, 2015 during store hours, test-drive any Taylor guitar and YOU could WIN A GS Mini PLUS 4 FREE guitar lessons from the Cosmo School of Music!†

All Taylor Guitars purchased during the Taylor Guitars Takeover event will receive a FREE bag of swag from Taylor Guitars!††

†Customers who test-drive a Taylor guitar will be given ONE (1) ballot from a Cosmo Music staff member. ONE (1) ballot maximum per person, per household regardless of the number of guitars test-driven. Ballot box will be displayed in the guitar dept. on Sept 28th - Oct 3rd, 2015 only. Winning ballot will be selected at random and winner will be contacted via phone and/or email the week of Oct 5th - 9th, 2015.

††available on a first-come, first-serve basis. While supplies last.

<![CDATA[FREE Guitar Workshop with Jeff Gunn - Hidden Sounds]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:26:06 +0000 "Jeff balances his knowledge of theoretical concepts with a very helpful and friendly tone that appeals quite easily to musicians of a myriad of skill levels"
- Andrew King, Editor, Canadian Musician

Jeff Gunn is a guitar tips columnist and has published over 70 articles internationally in Canadian Musician, Muzik Etc and The Guitar Magazine. He is endorsed by Godin Guitars, D'Addario Canada, Planet Waves and Levy's Guitar Straps and has performed Emmanuel Jal, Swizz Beatz, DMC, Kae Sun and opened for Peter Gabriel, K'naan, Janelle Monae and Bonnie Raitt.

With this workshop, discover your own method on guitar and also go beyond guitar performance examining 10 life lessons learned through musical study and performance.

  • a two-hour interactive workshop
  • guitar techniques
  • self-empowerment through music
  • personal storytelling
  • Q & A
  • book signing


Cosmo Music & Mayfair Music present Jeff Gunn's New Guitar Series Workshop

Date: Sat Sept 12, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents: SONOR DAYS 2015]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:37:05 +0000 Cosmo Music Presents


Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Powered by: SONOR / Zildjian / Vic Firth / REMO

UPDATE: Watch a live performance of the Steve Smith clinic with Trichy Sankaran

UPDATE: Watch exclusive interviews below with Steve Smith, Tyler Stewart, and more!

Steve Smith talks about his clinic with Trichy Sankaran, his masterclass, his start with Journey, and his passion for Indian rhythms.

Tyler Stewart talks about the Barenaked Ladies new record, Silverball, and maple syrup!

Chuck D Keeping talks about Big Wreck, touring, and more.

Watch Davide DiRenzo, Anthony Michelli, and Dave Patel share a few thoughts about Cosmo Music.

All events at Cosmo Music


TWO jammed-packed days: Clinic, Workshop, Masterclass, Meet n' Greets, incredible drum Deals & Offers, Giveaways and a whole lot more!

Schedule of Events


Steve Smith Clinic Performance with Invited Guest, Trichy Sankaran

• Featuring the all-new SONOR Vintage Series Drums (2015 NAMM Show Best in Show winner)
• Meet several SONOR Artists & Product Representatives
• A chance to WIN Steve's Signature Snare Drum or other door prizes!
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
• Limited Tickets Available ($15)


Chris Lesso: "Life Through Rhythm" Workshop

• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

For this workshop, we will be harnessing the connection between the passion of drumming and music, and achieving peak performance in everyday life! We will be expanding skills that directly impact our lives everyday and lead to achieving our success: Focus, Energy, Passion, Team Building and Relationships, Handling Stress and Other Challenges, and having FUN!

• Find your peak potential and success through drumming and music
• Cultivate real life tools towards achieving success in music and life
• Explore the connections between the rhythm of the drum, to the rhythm of life and our habits and best practices

Experience the thrill of reaching your untapped potential, and exploring the art of possibilities in everyday life through the power of drumming and music. This is where life skills and rhythm meet! Chris Lesso’s LTR event inspires not only musicians, but anyone looking to learn real life tools that connect the passion of music to living a life of our dreams, achieving our success, and living our fullest potential every day.


Steve Smith Masterclass

• Masterclass ticket includes ONE complimentary ticket to Steve's Friday evening clinic performance (Fri Sept 18th) and an EXCLUSIVE private meet n' greet with Steve
• Be sure to bring a notepad, pencils, drumsticks and rubber practice pads
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
• Limited Tickets Available ($50)

Steve will share his philosophy of musicianship, using a cycle of Study, Practice, and Performance, and his ideas on how to develop efficient hand-and-foot techniques for playing the drum set. Smith will also discuss and demonstrate his approach to playing odd times, referencing his woodshed master class in the article Drumming in Odd Time Signatures (DownBeat magazine, November 2013), which includes his concepts for integrating rhythms from India into his drum-set approach. Smith will play a variety of solo pieces and will be open to answering questions from the audience and addressing any drumming-related topic.


SONOR Artist Meet & Greet/Signing Session

• This is YOUR chance to get up close with some of the best drummers working today
• This event is FREE!

Featuring Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Davide DiRenzo (Tom Cochrane/ Cassandra Wilson), Steve Smith, Chris Lesso, Dave Patel (Emmanuel Jal) and several Canadian Sonor Artists!



• Featuring Chris Lesson (drums), Ian De Souza (bass) and Brownman Ali (Trumpet)
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

MODUS FACTOR is a Toronto-based trio that emphasizes real-time creation & in the moment improvisation while colliding world music traditions and modern electronic music. Each performance is always unique and etched in real-time, bringing together band and audience into a singular shared intense musical experience.

• See the latest from SONOR including the all-new SONOR Vintage Series
• Sonor’s Flagship German Production Series: PROLITE
• Several Artist Signature / German-Made and One-Of-A-Kind Limited Edition Snare drums
• Meet and talk with Sonor product specialists & Sonor Artists all weekend-long
• Special promotional offers and incredible deals on All SONOR products
• YOU CAN WIN! Each event offers the chance to win a STEVE SMITH SIGNATURE SNARE DRUM!

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Drum Clinic and Masterclass with Former Journey Drummer STEVE SMITH]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:15:57 +0000 The man who sat in the drum throne of legendary rock band Journey in the classic years of the late seventies and early 80s is coming to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for a Drum Clinic and Masterclass - As part of the SONOR DAYS Weekend (Fri Sept 18th & Sat Sept 19th)

UPDATE: Watch a live performance of the Steve Smith clinic with Trichy Sankaran

Steve Smith He's been voted #1 all-around drummer for 5 years in a row by Modern Drummer, and it's easy to see why. The man is a legend, be here and learn from the best!

Here are the details:

Performance Clinic:
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: $15
Click here to get your ticket!

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: $50*
*Limited number of tickets available. Masterclass ticket also includes ONE (1) ticket to Performance Clinic.
Click here to get your Masterclass ticket!