<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:51 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Join the 2017 High Performance Club! New 2017 Gibson High Performance Models CONTEST]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:58:46 +0000

Check out the next generation of Acoustic Guitars by demoing the new 2017 Gibson Acoustic High Performance Models and enter to win one of 10 great prizes. It’s simple! Visit our store and take a photo of yourself demoing your favorite 2017 Gibson Acoustic High Performance model.

Enter by posting your photo to Facebook with the hashtag #GibsonAcousticHP and tell us why you love that 2017 High Performance Model. Contest ends January 31, 2017. Winners will be randomly chosen February 1, 2017 from all eligible entries.

Click here for rules and more information

<![CDATA[Hot off the production line! Fender Guitars American Professional Series]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:21:39 +0000 The NEW Fender American Professional Series guitars and basses are here at Cosmo Music!

This new series is an evolution of some of Fender's most iconic and popular instruments. Many are IN-STOCK NOW. You can also PRE-ORDER any one of these beautiful instruments today.

Series Overview:

Fender American Professional Stratocaster

American Professional Stratocaster®

Fender American Professional Stratocaster HSS ShawBucker

American Professional Stratocaster® HSS ShawBucker™

Fender American Professional Stratocaster HH ShawBucker

American Professional Stratocaster® HH ShawBucker™

The Evolution Of A Revolution

Often copied, but never surpassed, the Stratocaster is arguably the world’s most-loved electric guitar. Electrifying the music world since its debut in 1954, its natural, versatile sound made the Stratocaster the benchmark for exceptional guitar tones. The American Professional Stratocaster isn’t a re-imagining of the classic design; it’s the authentic original model, evolved.

View All American Pro Stratocasters

Fender American Professional Telecaster

American Professional Telecaster®

Elegantly Simple Design

Fender is guided by one clear, simple directive: make life better for musicians. While the original Telecaster certainly did that (and then some), we weren’t content to rest on our laurels. Our team of mad scientists examined every component in near-microscopic detail. If we were able to improve it with a new design or modern materials we did; if it didn’t need improvement, we left it alone. When the wood chips and solder fumes settled, what was left was the American Professional Telecaster—everything you need to play your best.

Fender American Professional Telecaster Deluxe ShawBucker

American Professional Telecaster® Deluxe ShawBucker™

Smooth Feel, Fat Sound

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s guitarists wanted hum-free tone based on the sound of an amp about to blow up. You asked—so we listened and created the Telecaster Deluxe in 1973. Today’s version, the American Professional Telecaster Deluxe ShawBucker, brings modern, player-oriented features to the stage and studio, and can still make an amp sizzle without breaking a sweat.

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Fender American Professional Jaguar

American Professional Jaguar®

Slightly Dangerous

An eye-catchingly adventurous design—an exercise in chrome, plastic and wood—the Jaguar guitar’s delightfully off-kilter aesthetics and unique sound made it a darling of underground artists from the ‘70s to today. Though it was the pinnacle of guitar technology when it was released in 1962, time (and technology) marches on so we updated the Jaguar with modern features and materials, hot-rodding it for today’s players. The result? The American Professional Jaguar—a dangerous instrument with bite.

View All American Pro Jaguars

Fender American Professional Jazzmaster

American Professional Jazzmaster®

Sophisticated Style And Sound

Originally intended for sophisticated jazz guitarists, the Jazzmaster was quickly embraced by musicians attracted to its left-of-center looks and fat sound. A direct descendent of the guitar that powered underground music from the late-‘60s to today, the American Professional Jazzmaster is ready to lend its unique sound to your playing.

View All American Pro Jazzmasters

Fender American Professional Jazz Bass

American Professional Jazz Bass®

A Seismic Shift

At Fender, we live and breathe electric instruments. We never rest—pushing craftsmanship to its limits, we design, test and endlessly experiment to create the best instruments on the planet. The Jazz Bass, a refinement of concepts first introduced in the Precision Bass, is the earliest example of this philosophy in action. Evolved for today’s musician, the American Professional Jazz Bass combines modern features and materials with Fender’s craftsmanship and expertise to produce a truly contemporary bass.

View All American Pro Jazz Basses

Fender American Professional Precision Bass

American Professional Precision Bass®

A Bass-ic Revolution

Bass—it’s where rhythm meets melody, creating a righteous groove that forces you to move with it. Without the Fender Precision Bass, the original electric bass, dance floors everywhere would be empty. As music evolves, our instruments change in lockstep; the end result is today’s version of this seminal instrument—the American Professional Precision Bass.

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<![CDATA[The Martin Guitars Legacy - An Evening with C.F. Martin & Co. CEO Chris Martin and Special Guest Craig Thatcher ]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:54:43 +0000 UPDATE: Watch the Overview and Performance by Craig Thatcher below:

“Since 1833 musicians have connected with audiences everywhere the world over, showcasing their talent and virtuosity over all genres. Martin's significance and cultural impact over 175 years is simply immeasurable.”
-Chris Martin

Cosmo Music is proud to welcome C.F. Martin & Co. Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for a rare and special evening of talk, demos and entertainment celebrating one of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers.

The evening's festivities include:

The Ballad of the Dreadnought Documentary

• Special Screening of "THE BALLAD OF THE DREADNOUGHT" - Narrated by actor and Martin player Jeff Daniels, "THE BALLAD OF THE DREADNOUGHT" traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world.

• History and Philosophy of Martin Guitars with Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin

• Martin Guitar Demos and Performance with Martin Clinician, Craig Thatcher

Help us give Chris and Craig a warm Cosmo welcome on Wednesday, November 9th at 7PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for an unforgettable night!

The Martin Guitars Legacy - An Evening with C.F. Martin & Co. CEO CHRIS MARTIN and Special Guest CRAIG THATCHER


Wednesday Nov 9th at 7PM


Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 0B6

Get your FREE RSVP Tickets here!


One-day in-store sale on all new, in-stock Martin Guitars, Martin Guitar strings and accessories! Wed Nov 9th, 2016 only.


Chris Martin

C. F. Martin IV, known as “Chris,” is the Chairman and CEO of the world-renowned C. F. Martin & Co. and the sixth generation of Martin family members to run the business. Martin acoustic guitars are prized worldwide for their exceptional tone, design, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The iconic company’s contributions in music history are unparalleled and Chris Martin is a key figure in its long and illustrious history. Under Chris Martin’s direction, the 182-year-old company has maintained its integrity and industry wide respect, while growing and prospering to unprecedented manufacturing and sales levels.

Born and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Chris’s familiarity with the family business was limited to occasional visits to his grandfather, Christian Frederick Martin III, and to summer jobs working at the factory. While in Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA, Chris apprenticed at Westwood Music, building a classical guitar and familiarizing himself with the retail end of the business. After just a year, he moved back to Nazareth to work in the guitar factory, where he learned more about the design and construction of the Martin guitar and became familiar with many of the different operations. He eventually became more involved in the company, first as Assistant to the President, then as Vice President of Marketing. When C. F. Martin III passed away in 1986 at the age of 93, Chris Martin became the company’s 30-year-old Chairman.

After taking over a family business that had been in existence for over 150 years, Chris implemented new strategies to invigorate the brand, refocusing the company on its primary strengths: steel-stringed acoustic guitars and strings. Chris’s decade-long efforts to turn the company around has helped them achieve impressive business milestones and reestablished the company’s reputation worldwide for building the highest quality guitars. Martin has also maintained its long history of collaborative relationships with artists and brand ambassadors, always a key component to its success, and has continued to attract artists from all over the world and musical landscape. The current Americana and singer/songwriter explosion has also generated renewed interest in acoustic guitars and widened Martin’s fan base immensely. Over the past two years, Martin Guitar has also experienced the acoustic guitar boom virtually, with a rapidly growing online community of musicians and players engaging with the brand.

“The current acoustic guitar boom – and for that matter, ukulele boom – these are exciting moments I have had the joy of experiencing several times throughout my career with Martin,” says Chris Martin. “This is the third time in my history with the company that the acoustic guitar has been the go-to instrument for the pop world. We are well positioned and ready to take the lead on being the guitar of choice for singer/songwriters looking for the best instruments to help express their creativity.”

Chris Martin’s commitment and dedication extends beyond the factory floor. He is recognized as one of the leading philanthropists in the Lehigh Valley, working to serve the local community on various levels.

Martin Guitar also works diligently to support key issues that affect the broader guitar industry and make the company stand out as a leader, including environmental sustainability.

Chris is very enthusiastic about the company’s future, especially when it comes to his family’s legacy. Chris’s ten-year-old daughter, Claire Frances Martin (“C. F. Martin!”) is the seventh generation of the Martin family in America and of course, there are high hopes that one day she will wish to be involved in managing the company that bears her name.


Craig Thatcher

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Craig Thatcher has been entertaining audiences with his exciting brand of blues/rock music for over 35 years. He’s been a featured performer at Bethlehem’s Musikfest for many years and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and most recently in the Far East, performing mainly in theatres and outdoor festivals. Craig has led his own band since 1993 and is also the guitarist for Simone, daughter of jazz legend Nina Simone. Craig has released five CDs under his own name.

While best known for his blistering electric blues style, Craig also has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding acoustic guitarist, having won many regional awards in that category. He is the Martin Guitar Company’s "on-call" artist, performing at Company functions throughout the year. Craig has opened for many international touring artists including Derek Trucks, John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower, Kim Simmonds, Chris Smither, Jonny Lang, Jorma Kaukonen and others.

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<![CDATA[Austin reviews Victory Amps "The Kraken" and "The Duchess"]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:21:34 +0000

Victory Amps are the kind of boutique sounding amps that don't destroy your bank account. This is premium quality stuff, each amp with numerous unique voicings and plenty of character.

Austin reviews "The Kraken" below:

Order "The Kraken" here

Austin reviews "The Duchess" below:

Order "The Duchess" here

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Promotion: Instant Savings & Freebies from Live Sound, Keyboards, Drums & Guitars]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:01:51 +0000 Save up to $900 on select products PLUS get FREE products and merchandise on selected items.*
Yamaha Promotion: Instant Savings & Freebies from Live Sound, Keyboards, Drums & Guitars


Until Wednesday November 30, 2016.


Instant Rebate for In-store & CosmoMusic.ca. Free Gifts require online Yamaha registration. See below for details.

Yamaha Live Sound & Mixer Rebates

Yamaha Live Sound & Mixers Rebates


DBR10 $479.99 $50.00 $429.99
DBR12 $599.99 $60.00 $539.99
DBR15 $699.99 $70.00 $629.99



DXR10 $739.99 $75.00 $664.99
DXR12 $849.99 $85.00 $764.99
DXR15 $949.99 $95.00 $854.99
DXR8 $679.99 $65.00 $614.99



DXS12 $879.99 $90.00 $789.99
DXS15 $999.99 $100.00 $899.99
DXS18 $1,699.99 $250.00 $1,449.99



PRODUCT ORIGINAL PRICE INSTANT SAVINGS NEW PRICE HS5 $239.99 $25.00 $214.99 HS5 WHITE $239.99 $25.00 $214.99 HS7 $359.99 $35.00 $324.99 HS7 WHITE $359.99 $35.00 $324.99 HS8 $419.99 $40.00 $379.99 HS8 WHITE $419.99 $40.00 $379.99 HS8S $529.99 $55.00 $474.99



PRODUCT ORIGINAL PRICE INSTANT SAVINGS NEW PRICE MG06 $129.99 $10.00 $119.99 MG06X $149.99 $15.00 $134.99 MG10 $185.99 $20.00 $165.99 MG10XU $249.99 $25.00 $224.99 MG12 $339.99 $35.00 $304.99 MG12XU $389.99 $40.00 $349.99 MG16XU $549.99 $50.00 $499.99 MG20XU $829.99 $85.00 $744.99



MGP12X $779.99 $80.00 $699.99
MGP16X $959.99 $100.00 $859.99
MGP24X $1,439.99 $150.00 $1,289.99
MGP32X $1,679.99 $180.00 $1,499.99



STAGEPAS400i $899.99 $100.00 $799.99
STAGEPAS600i $1,149.99 $150.00 $999.99



TF1 $2,999.99 $300.00 $2,699.99
TF3 $3,699.99 $400.00 $3,299.99
TF5 $4,299.99 $500.00 $3,799.99


Yamaha Keyboard & Synthesizer Rebates

Yamaha Keyboard & Synthesizer Rebates

NP12 Black $249.99 $50.00 $199.99
TYROS 5-61 $5,699.99 $850.00 $4,849.99
TYROS 5-76 $5,999.99 $900.00 $5,099.99
P255 Black $1,699.99 $250.00 $1,449.99


Yamaha Electronic Drum Rebates

Yamaha Electronic Drum Rebates

DTX720K $2,999.99 $300.00 $2,699.99
DTX760K $4,799.99 $500.00 $4,299.99
DTX920K $5,999.99 $600.00 $5,399.99
DTXM12 $599.99 $75.00 $524.99


Yamaha Guitar & Amp Rebates

Yamaha Guitar & Amp Rebates


RS720B AGR $1,199.99 $200.00 $999.99
RS720 WLF $1,199.99 $200.00 $999.99
RS820 CR RRT $1,199.99 $200.00 $999.99
RS820 CR STR $1,199.99 $200.00 $999.99



THR10 $349.99 $50.00 $299.99
THR10C $349.99 $50.00 $299.99
THR10X $349.99 $50.00 $299.99
THR5 $249.99 $50.00 $199.99
THR5A $249.99 $50.00 $199.99

And now for the Freebies!

FREE PCY90AT from Yamaha Canada with any DTX502 Series Kit purchase.
Free PCY90AT
Eligible Kits:

Click here for details on redeeming your FREE pCY90AT from Yamaha Canada

FREE dust cover and "Playing With Styles DVD from Yamaha Canada with any new PSR-E purchase.

Eligible keyboards: MONTAGE6, MONTAGE7, MONTAGE8

Click here for details on redeeming your FREE gift from Yamaha Canada

FREE Bag from Yamaha Canada with any synthesizer or stage piano purchase.
FREE Bag from Yamaha Canada with any synthesizer or stage piano purchase
Eligible products: MOXF6, MOXF8, MX49BK, MX49BU, MX49WH, CP4, CP40, reface CS, reface CP, reface DX, reface YC

Click here for details on redeeming your FREE gift from Yamaha Canada

* Additional Details

Valid on eligible new in-stock instruments at purchased at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada. Submission deadline: 12/15/16. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All Promotions are while supplies last. Bonus Pack contents may vary. Only Valid in Canada. Yamaha Canada Music reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Shipping to physical mailing addresses only; we cannot ship to PO boxes.

<![CDATA[Eastman Promotion: FREE Gift Card with Guitar or Mandolin]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:15:02 +0000 There hasn't been a better time to snag that Eastman guitar or mandolin that has caught your eye.

This month and for a limited time, buy any new in-stock Eastman acoustic & electric guitar or mandolin and receive a Cosmo Music gift card worth up to $200!*



Monday October 3rd to Saturday October 15th, 2016.


In-stock items for In-store & CosmoMusic.ca. See additional details*.

For Eastman guitar purchases between $500 - $1,000 before taxes, receive a $100 Cosmo Music gift card.
$100 Cosmo Music gift card

For Eastman guitar purchases $1,000+ before taxes, receive a $200 Cosmo Music gift card.
$200 Cosmo Music gift card

See Our Inventory of Eastman Guitars Now

* Additional Details

Promotion valid on eligible, new and in-stock instruments only. Offer valid from Oct 3rd - Oct 15th, 2016 while quantities last. Promotional gift cards cannot be exchanged or transferred for cash. Gift card cannot be used towards purchase of eligible Eastman instrument during the promotional period. It can only be redeemed between Oct 16th - Dec 30th, 2016 and in-store only. This card can only be used at the store (10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON) and cannot be used for online purchases. The value of this card will not be replaced if lost, stolen or used without permission. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to amend or cancel this promotion at any time for any reason without notice.

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<![CDATA[Watch our review of the boutique Milkman 20w Creamer guitar amp]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:23:37 +0000 Milkman is all about boutique quality. Handwired and well-voiced, this is a truly unique and special guitar amp for the guitarist with a discerning taste.

Watch Austin review the amp below.

Order the Milkman 20w Creamer guitar amp here.

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<![CDATA[Taylor Guitars' Factory Experts are Coming Back to Cosmo Music This October!]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:07:30 +0000 UPDATE: WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TAYLOR ROADSHOW BELOW

The experts from Taylor Guitars are making the trip from El Cajon, California to Cosmo Music THIS OCTOBER for 2 fun and FREE events! This is your chance to get expert advice straight from Taylor Factory Experts PLUS there will be some sweet guitar deals, giveaways and more.

Thursday, October 27th at 7PM

Taylor Guitars Road Show

Taylor Guitars Road Show

Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music, 2nd floor)

Learn how guitar shapes and woods affect tone, get helpful tips on how to find the right guitar PLUS there will be special pricing on custom Taylors. Don't forgot to pay a visit to Canada's only Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room where you will bear witness to more than 100 in-stock Taylor guitars. This is the largest selection of Taylor Guitars in Canada!

Taylor GS Mini

One last thing... one lucky Road Show attendee will be going home with a brand new Taylor GS Mini!* $739.00 retail value


Road Show attendees will have access to SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY PRICING on all new, in-stock Taylor guitars. Available in-store and on Oct 27th, 2016 only.


Saturday, October 29th at 11AM - 6PM

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Tom's Guitar Hangar (Guitar Dept.)

Taylor’s Find Your Fit program is all about finding the Taylor guitar that is right for you. You'll get a personal one-on-one consultation with a Taylor Factory Expert, helping identify your player profile and recommend the body shape and tonewood pairings that best match your playing style. They will answer any questions you have. And if you’re not sure where to begin, they will be more than happy to help you understand the basics.

Consultations are approximately 20 minutes, FREE to book and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a limited number of appointments are available.

Book your Find Your Fit Consultation Now!

Taylor Guitar Strap and Stand Offer

SPECIAL EVENT OFFER - Score a FREE Taylor Guitar Stand & Strap

Buy any new and in-stock Taylor 100 Series guitar or higher at the Road Show (Thurs Oct 27th) or Find Your Fit event (Sat Oct 29th) and get a FREE Taylor Guitars travel stand and guitar strap! Travel stand may vary from photo. Special event offer applicable on Thurs Oct 27th and Sat Oct 29th, 2016 only. While supplies last.

Taylor Guitars Cosmo Music

See the LARGEST SELECTION of Taylor Guitars in Canada

Additional Details:

*Roadshow 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 for guitar giveaway. Specific GS Mini guitar model for giveaway will be announced at the event. Winner must be present at Roadshow to be eligible for giveaway.

<![CDATA[Rockstars In Cars (visiting Cosmo Music) with JOHN PETRUCCI - Watch the web series here]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:53:49 +0000 A few months ago, we picked up Dream Theater guitar god John Petrucci from his hotel downtown and drove him up to Cosmo Music. We geeked out on The Astonishing, Disney, Game Of Thrones, guitars, and much more.

Watch Rockstars In Cars (visiting Cosmo Music) with John Petrucci. STAY TUNED for more NEW videos every Monday and Friday!

Episode 10:

John Petrucci gives you some solid advice about getting out of a writing funk, and tells us what he thinks about John Myung's fingers.

Episode 9:

John Petrucci's talks about his favourite chord, the 'Alex Lifeson' Chord, and more

Episode 8:

John Petrucci answers fan questions from our Facebook page (Part 2)

Episode 7:

John Petrucci answers fan questions from our Facebook page (Part 1)

Episode 6:

John Petrucci talks about adapting 'The Astonishing' into a show and video game

Episode 5:

John Petrucci loved the tone of the MESA/Boogie Mark IIC+ on Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets'

Episode 4:

John Petrucci thinks being called 'God' is hysterical

Episode 3:

John Petrucci compares 'The Astonishing' to Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Godfather

Episode 2:

John Petrucci compares the Tesla Model S to the NOMACs from 'The Astonishing'

Episode 1:

John Petrucci feels the groove of Disney's 'Let It Go'

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<![CDATA[Dave Miner from Yamaha looks at the amazing amp modeling of the THR100 series of Guitar Amps]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:41:38 +0000 The Yamaha THR100H Single and Dual Amp heads are next-level amp heads with superior modeling features. Dave Miner goes through what makes this series unique and versatile.

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