<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 04:15:41 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[NXNE is Back! June 17 - 21, 2015, Toronto]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:46:55 +0000

Signs of summer are cropping up in Toronto and one of the main events of the season kicks off on June 17th. In its 21st year, NXNE takes over TO with a five day festival that brings in local music and international acts and major label headliners. This year, discover over hundreds of bands while seeing your current favourites take the stage. Here's a simple 5 step program to make the most out of the best 5 days/nights of the year.


Step 1.5: Take a deep breath as to not overwhelm yourself. Vital step as your head exploding is a natural reaction to so many great artists.

Step 2: Prioritize by getting advanced tickets to Northby Advanced shows. Don't be that chump who strolls up to the door of the coolest show only to be turned away because it's at capacity. I mean what did you expect? WILLow Smith is the spawn of WILL Smith and it WILL sell out.

Step 3: For 5 days/nights, NXNE takes over Toronto's best venues/general-places-of-gathering-turned-venues and one of the city's most well known event space is no exception. This year Action Bronson, The New Pornographers and a few more not to be missed acts take the stage at Yonge Dundas Square for free. FREE. Get there early and make friends with the YDS regulars to secure a prime spot on the pavement/dance floor.

Step 4: Stay out all night, way past last call because you know what's more beautiful than watching the sun rise with your best friends (and new friends, sorry Drake) after an epic night out? Watching the McDonald's menu change into the breakfast menu. It happens at 5 am and it's Instagram worthy. #NoFilter

Step 5: Accept the fact that the highlight of your summer, and possibly year happened so early in the game and that everything after it will be slightly disappointing in comparison. Good thing we live on nostalgia so no one will ever get tired of you starting a sentence with "Remember that time at Northby?..."

And there you have it, and it's only the beginning. More events to be announced soon; follow @NXNE on Twitter and Instagram and like NXNE on Facebook for the latest updates.

<![CDATA[It's happening. A Masterclass with the legend himself, Steve Vai.]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 14:43:08 +0000 There's way too much to be said about Steve Vai. Once a student of the great Joe Satriani, he has risen to become one of the most respected electric guitar virtuosos of all time. He's a critical part of the G3 tour, hosted by him, Joe Satriani and other legendary guitarists such as John Petrucci and Yngwie Malmsteen. His full discography encompasses over 60 albums, as well as three Grammy awards.

He's an absolute master, and now he's hosting an Alien Guitar Secrets masterclass here at Cosmo Music. Have you listened to "Passion and Warfare" and been astounded by the artistry and technical brilliance? Do you find yourself just getting lost in the guitar bliss of "For The Love Of God"? Have you watched the G3 tour and realized just how much you need to step up your guitar game? You need to be here.

This isn't a ticket to view a performance where you need to squint to see what's happening. This is up close and personal the legend himself, in an intimate setting of 200 people in our Cosmopolitan Music Hall. He'll be sharing his wisdom, advice and experiences. If you are a fan, you'll get to know more about your hero. If you're a guitarist, you'll be inspired to become better.

It's happening on Saturday June 6th at the Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO at 1:00PM - 3:30PM. Tickets are available now. Click below to purchase your ticket online. Buy soon, because trust us, these won't be available for long.

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Steve Vai's Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass

Date: Saturday June 6, 2015
Time: 1 PM (arrive 1 hour early)
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Saturday June 6]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:05:40 +0000 Our flagship June sale has been a Cosmo Music staple since 1985. From an auction-style outdoor BBQ event to a more-focused in-store sale experience, our customers have come to expect big things from us each and every June.

For our 30th Anniversary of this event... we're going BIG!


ONE DAY ONLY Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 9AM to 7PM
Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Lots more to announce!

Expect more updates here as we get closer to this ONE DAY ONLY free event.

Steve Vai at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO
Meet & Greet with guitar legend Steve Vai.

Autographs available on a first-come first serve basis as time permits.

Steve Vai's Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass

Availability is VERY limited - please be aware that this class will sell quickly.

More Detail & How to Get Your Ticket

Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. At age 12, he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani. At 18, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, 15-million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, one of music's true originals. Vai's full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Zappa, others from his stints with David Lee Roth (just after he left Van Halen) and Whitesnake at the peak of its popularity-live releases, collaborations, compilations and orchestral works.

This is ACTUALLY happening... he’s coming to Cosmo Music!

Steve Vai at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Cosmo MusicFEST LIVE on the Main Stage

I Mother Earth

Canadian alt-rock band I Mother Earth (IME) are back and we couldn't be more excited to have them headline our Main Stage this year! Rising to the top of rock radio charts across Canada throughout the mid-late 90s into the early 2000s with singles like SO GENTLY WE GO, ONE MORE ASTRONAUT and SUMMERTIME IN THE VOID, the band took an eight-year hiatus between late 2003 until early 2012 when IME fans learned that they were regrouping. Following up that announcement a few months later, IME released the kick-ass single, WE GOT THE LOVE - proving that IME doesn't miss a beat when it comes to re-capturing their iconic dirty riffs, rich drum & percussion and passionate vocal delivery. IME's appearance at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO couldn't have come at a better time with the recent release of the raw and punchy single, THE DEVIL'S ENGINE. If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t leave this page until you've had a spin of the YouTube video below.

The Mohrs

Taking on a tinge of heralded rock icons of years past – from AC/DC to Heart to The Pretenders – and combining it with the hard-hitting melodicism of modern masters like the Foo Fighters, The Mohrs deliver a unique take on anthemic, big-riff rock that’s simultaneously fresh and familiar. Tracks like BETTER and PERFECTLY SANE anchor Mohr’s impactful lyrics and soaring, intense singing with arena-ready riffs and a rock-solid rhythm section. Having just released their rocking debut album, KINGS OF NOWHERE (produced with Hawksley Workman), Cosmo Music couldn't be happier to have booked The Mohrs at the start of what is sure to be a long and successful music career (parental caution: the video may show a boob).

Absolute Journey Tribute

Who doesn’t like Journey? If you don’t, you should just stop reading this now… like seriously, we can't be friends any more! For those that do… Absolute Journey Tribute brings audiences a faithful reproduction of the Journey live experience, enriched by audience interactivity and true-to-the-original costume changes - oh yeah! Performing Journey to the highest level of musicianship with outstanding vocals as sung by Riccardo Curzi. His vocal talents are one of the closet things you will ever hear compared to Steve Perry. Absolute Journey Tribute will take you right back to those days of blasting Journey while riding shotgun with your best buds in that black and gold Firebird convertible with the smell of just way too much hairspray.

Hotel California Eagles Tribute

The Original Tribute to The Eagles have thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans around the globe for almost three decades now. You may ask yourself - what makes Hotel California so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies and top flight live performance - just for starters. They represent a masterful celebration of The Eagles’ music - playing one of the most game-changing song catalogs in the history of rock n’ roll. If you love The Eagles, then welcome to the Hotel California - you've just found the next best thing!

Vendor's EXPO

Over 70 leading brands and over 80 of their experts under a massive 7000 sq ft EXPO Tent.
A BIG thank you to all our sponsors!

• Exclusive One Day Deals with Participating Vendors
• Giveaways & Swag all day long
• Test Drive new gear
• Free Worship Seminar presented by Peavey
• Lots of Free Workshops

So much more to announce...


Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Free Money Vouchers - see additional details

Vouchers will be given on a first-come first-serve basis between 8AM and 9AM to only the first 300 people in line.

All vouchers contain a minimun of $25, 10 random vouchers will contain $300.

One per household. Valid for in-store purchase only on June 6 - 9AM to 7PM. No cash value. See Additional Details* below for details.


Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Scratch N' Save Cards

SAVE between 10% - 50% on regular priced items with our Scratch N' Save Cards.

Scratch in-store to reveal your savings.

See Additional Details* below for details.


Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Door Crasher Deals

Lots of door crasher deals to be announced!

Check our Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Flyer in June for some of the highlights.

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Kidz Zone & Food Trucks

It’s science! Hunger + bored kids while mom and dad shop = “what were we thinking”. We’re making sure bellies and minds are fully-satisfied and there's lots of family fun.

• Uke & Hand Drumming Jams
• Face Painting
• Lots of Super Heroes to meet
• Fire Truck! (while not on call)
• Food Truck Alley sponsored by the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Event Partners

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Event Partners

*Additional Details

Scratch N' Save Cards are not applicable to Door Crasher products featured on the flyer and to products on sale as they are at their lowest prices. Void unless scratched by a cashier in the Cosmo Music Store Atrium. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Scratch Card valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to cashier. Limit of one Scratch Card per purchase.

Free Money Vouchers 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 6, 2015 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.

The Scratch N' Save Cards and Free Money Vouchers promotions are:
• available for a limited time and while quantities last
• not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part
• valid only during the event (June 6, 2015 - 9AM to 7PM ) for in-store purchases
• cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers
• excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons, consignment items, price matches, taxes, shipping charges and gift cards

Door Crasher Deals & Sale Prices for items sold during event (June 6, 2015 - 9AM to 7PM) are for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale.

The Event or Special Sale Pricing policy remains in effect.

The Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect; applies to items purchased on or before sale dates but is only applicable to products that are in-stock and have a published, specifically marked down price. Scratch N' Save discounts do not qualify for best price guarantee.

In the event of a printing error, or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend these offers without notice.

Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at cosmomusic.ca//promo-exclusions.

Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times.

<![CDATA[LIVE at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Acoustic sensation Maneli Jamal]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:34:22 +0000 Maneli Jamal is way more than just a solo acoustic guitarist. His inventiveness and unique style is truly something to behold.

He's lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. He draws his musical inspiration from his nomadic life, bringing range and versatility to his musical expression. His recent videos have gone viral on YouTube and garnered interest from around the world.

He'll be here performing live at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall on Thursday, April 30 for FREE so don't miss it!

All you have to do is rsvp at events@cosmomusic.ca!

<![CDATA[Learn FL Studio from a Pro! This Sat March 28 at 1PM (FREE Event)]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:34:38 +0000 Avicii, Boi-1da, DeadMau5, Afrojack, and countless other hit artists use FL Studio to make number one hit tracks. Join clinician Dan D as he takes you through the world's favourite DAW - FL Studio.

He'll show you how to build a simple pattern, how to arrange it in song mode, how to mix it with the mixer and effect and how to export your final creation as an MP3. This clinic will also include demonstrations of some of Image Line impressive list of Virtual Instruments like Harmor, Sytrus, Toxic Biohazard, Sawer and others. If you are an FL Studio user you should not miss this event. If you are new to music creation, this is the perfect event to get you started!

FL Studio Clinic

Click here to RSVP! Admission is FREE!

Date: Sat March 28, 2015
Time: 1 PM
Where: Keyboards & Recording Dept. (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[What's New? Ryan and Cristina have March's Cosmo Minute Report!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:06:46 +0000 Ryan & Cristina are back with January 2015's Cosmo Minute Report!

The Suhr 2015 Collection has arrived! Inspired by nature, these are some truly authentic premium instruments.
Click here to see more!

Antonio Sanchez, grammy award winner and composer for the Academy Award winning Best Picture Birdman, will be hosting an intimate clinic on the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage!
Click here for more details!

Former drummer and founding member of Our Lady Peace will be hosting a drum clinic at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!
Click here for details!

The RCM Celebration Series is out now!
Click here to find out more!

Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - ANTONIO SANCHEZ - Composer for Birdman!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:44 +0000 Antonio Sanchez, grammy award winner and composer for the Academy Award winning Best Picture Birdman, will be hosting an intimate clinic on the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage!

*UPDATE* Here's a taste of Antonio's skillful and creative drumming from Monday night!

Birdman was the biggest winner of Oscar night, and Antonio Sanchez' jazz infused score is one of the key elements that make up that stellar film. Sanchez has been a part of the Pat Metheny Group and won a Grammy Award in 2003 in the "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" category. His solo albums have been critically acclaimed in the jazz world, and we're more than excited to have him host a clinic here at Cosmo Music.

LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - ANTONIO SANCHEZ

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Date: Mon Apr 6, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans, Fri Mar 13th at 7PM]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:40:57 +0000 SUSAN ALBERS is a pianist / vocalist from Germany and performs concerts all over the world and touches the hearts with her warm and emotional voice, and her own piano-arrangements of world famous songs, including her own compositions. Encompassing a variety of styles from tender balladry to stylish uptown R&B, her vocal dexterity ensures that Susan can cover a wide range of musical bases. This versatility allows comparison with such artists as Celine Dion and Alicia Keys.

Since 1981, the Dutch pianist PETER BAARTMANS has been traveling the world as a presenter for Yamaha digital pianos & keyboards. 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.

Together they present a journey through the history of music, presenting the audience world-famous soundtracks, Jazz-standards, Classical music and Pop/Rock songs.
Inspired by many world famous Yamaha artists, the music they perform is based on their shared passion for powerful, touching music.

Please join Cosmo Music in welcoming these two incredible performers to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage for an evening to remember!

Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans 

Date: Fri Mar 13, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Tickets are complimentary and available on a first-come, first-served basis. While quantities last. Please RSVP by email to events@cosmomusic.ca to reserve your tickets today! Max. of 4 tickets per request.

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Susan Albers and Peter Baartmans

<![CDATA[Club Cubase - Wed Feb 25th at 6 PM]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:07:01 +0000 Cosmo Music and Yamaha Canada Music are pleased to present the February 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.

Date: Wed Feb 25th, 2015 
Time:  6 PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca

Club Cubase

<![CDATA[What's new? Ryan and Cristina have January's Cosmo Minute Report!]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:46:17 +0000 Ryan & Cristina are back with January 2015's Cosmo Minute Report!

The NAMM Show is coming up, and we'll be having up-to-date coverage on the latest products as the show goes on. #cosmoatnamm
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We've acquired some truly rare and regal guitars from Jens Ritter. These are true pieces of exceptional craftsmanship, with a perfect touch of eccentricity. We have a very special announcement on another arrival coming up at the NAMM Show!

Click here to gaze upon these beauties!

Guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan will be performing live at Cosmo Music on February 22nd!
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Acoustic guitar wizard Ewan Dobson will be performing live at Cosmo Music on February 21st!
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Protect your acoustic instruments from the dryness of winter. Join the #fightfor45. Find out what it's all about here!

Stay tuned for more up to date developments at cosmomusic.ca!