<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:14:55 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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!

ONE DAY ONLY ~ FREE EVENT
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall in 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.

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<![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 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

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music is THE destination for Boutique Guitars]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:52:23 +0000 No other store in Canada comes close; Cosmo Music has the largest selection of in-stock high-end, boutique and vintage style guitars. Our Assistant Store Manger Peter Walden highlights five favourites.




Gibson Hummingbird Modern Classic
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Beautifully floral patterned pickguard, double parallelogram inlays,
square shoulders, deep rich cherry finish...this guitar can make it on looks alone!

What does it sound like?...OK close your eyes, this is what you'll hear:
solid sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, hand scalloped bracing.
These features contribute to the Hummingbird’s incredible sound:
the bass response is smooth and well balanced with the highs; the less focused
mids allow the percussive elements of the strumming to really cut through making this guitar a great match for singers. The Hummingbird is a very playable
guitar with a 24 3/4" neck scale and 12" radiused fingerboard contributing to a
very comfortable, almost "electric guitar" feel.

With eyes open or closed, you are playing a truly iconic guitar.



Martin HD-28V
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The Martin D28 is an iconic acoustic guitar which many guitars are often
compared to and inspired by. Making its first appearance more than 70 years ago,
the design, like its current one, gives guitarists a much louder, richer
better projecting guitar. Its big bold body style, aptly named the "Dreadnaught" was named by Martin after the largest battleship in the British fleet in the early 1900’s, and is the term used by other guitar companies to describe their guitars as well.

From Martin’s vintage series comes the HD-28V, a superbly crafted guitar featuring a solid sitka spruce top, solid east Indian rosewood back and sides, beautiful herringbone trim (a popular feature from the 30s,40s), ebony fingerboard and bridge, with an inlayed bone saddle.

After the first strum, you'll hear why it was named after a battleship...big, booming,
cannonlike projection, beautiful resonance, enhanced bottom with crisp highs.
The feature that creates these attributes are inside the guitar called “forward shifted scalloped bracing" - this allows the top to resonate more freely while maintaining its structural integrity contributing to its great sound qualities. The neck has a modified V profile. Its ergonomic shape fits the palm of your hand quite nicely, creating a very comfortable feel.

The HD-28V, icon and influence for many years to come...



Fender Custom Deluxe Telecaster 2013
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From Fenders famed Custom Shop, the Custom Deluxe Telecaster 2013
is an amazingly enhanced, raised version of the iconic Telecaster model.
The Tele, a standard choice in the rock and country music genres, shows up as standard equipment for blues and jazz players as well.

So how do you enhance standard equipment? Easy! (well, for Fenders Custom Shop that is!) how about contouring the front of the hand selected ash body (ala stratocaster), don't stop there, contour the back, creating the "belly cut", then contour the neck heel. These enhancements improve the overall comfort whether your sitting or standing. The top is capped with gorgeous AAA flamed maple. The bridge comes from Fenders Research Special Division (RSD), featuring a lowered sidewall and compensated saddles, improving comfort, tone and intonation. The AAA flamed maple neck features a 60s style C profile shaped neck, medium jumbo frets and pearloid Sperzel machine heads.

The tone..well its awesome. The Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickups with neck and middle together produce amazing sparkle and robust tone. The bridge, has great midrange punch giving great definition to overdriven open chords, the same very recognizable tones you hear in new country and rock today. The "Greasebucket" tone control circuit (such a cool name) has been added, whose function is to roll off highs without adding bass. Wow, that’s a bucket load of enhancements.

An incredible version of an incredible iconic guitar!



60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster 1954
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1954 - year commemorated
1954 - vibe
1,954 - number available in limited edition

When you pick up a Stratocaster, you immediately know why it's a benchmark
electric guitar: its comfort, balance, ergonomics, ease to play -
are the features you still see on this guitar today.

This Commemorative Strat has the same vibe as an1954 model, but with some great modern accoutrements. The classic elements still on this guitar are the ash body, two- tone sunburst gloss finish, single ply pick guard and bent metal saddles. The modern parts are the jumbo frets, compound radius neck, micro tilt neck adjustment, contoured neck heel, 2 point synchronized tremolo, satin finish neck, pearloid tuners, specially designed pickups (for this model) and a no-load tone control round up some of its new features.

The combination of the specially designed pickups and no load tone control give
this guitar a higher output with shimmering highs and boost in the midrange. The body is very resonant and responsive. The neck has a C profile, comfortable, modern feel with the jumbo frets.

This guitar bridges the best of the old and new, a truly mature, and modern icon.



Gibson Custom Shop 59 Reissue 3 pickup Burst
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The sound, the look, the tone, that was the 59 Les Paul Burst.
The guitar "they" all wanted, the guitar "they" will pay thousands for.
I recently had the opportunity to play an actual 59 Burst, realized, oh... thats what "they" are talking about, then realized it was one of a little more than 600 that ever existed, then I started to shake.

I'm fine now, Thank you.

With the sound and feel of that 59 burst still in my mind, I picked up the reissue
Customshop 59 and was quite impressed with how resonant the guitar is, the pickups
sound fat, with great bite and definition, like the real 59. The middle pickup gives it added punch, really beefing up the sound for soloing. At just under 9 lbs, the weight is very comfortable, fretwork is superbly done, right out of the case it has a smooth, even feel all the way up the neck. The Customshop 59 features a gorgeous figured maple top, classy Kluson Deluxe tuners, and a nitro cellulose finish which gives this guitar its vintage look and feel.

Now, there are two guitars I can't stop thinking about...(Thanks Tony!)

Rob Vendrasco
Guitar Specialist
905.770.5222 x360
robv@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music & Coast Music Present: JAMES HILL | Thurs. March 27 at 7 PM]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:02:59 +0000 Cosmo Music & Coast Music Present...

A Ukulele Performance Clinic with JAMES HILL
Thurs. March 27, 2014
7 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music

JAMES HILL is a rare and surprising combination. He has become Canada's foremost ukulele player, earning recognition among Hawaii's premier artists. His genre-busting reputation knows no bounds… hip-hop, big-band jazz, bluegrass… the list goes on!

Teacher, author, songwriter and presenter, Mr. Hill has also become a not-to-be-missed inspiring ukulele-based motivational speaker.

A dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” – Edmonton journal

The perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity” – Wellington-Dominion Post

Possibly the best ukulele player in the world…Hill wowed and charmed the audience.” – Waikato Times

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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PLUS… YOU could WIN a signed Kala Makala KA-JH2 James Hill Concert Ukulele Package! We'll draw for this incredible package at the show for ONE lucky audience member to take home!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

James Hill

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Update:
James Hill Live at Cosmo Music

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<![CDATA[Uke 101 With Steve McNie - Saturday, March 8 at 1 PM]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:27:28 +0000 Learn to play the world's most happening instrument. No experience necessary! Take advantage of this one-time opportunity to learn to play the ukulele in just 3 hours with Toronto North Ukulele Jam's Steve McNie!



Date:
Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time:
1 PM (Doors Open - 12:30 PM)

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

Who:
Anyone over 18 with a ukulele & a desire to learn!

Cost: $22.50 (50% Off, $45 Value)

Space is limited. Please RSVP to torontonorthukulelejam@outlook.com.

Uke 101 With Steve McNie



AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT…

Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie

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 (basics required - Beginners are encouraged to register for UKE 101).

Date:
Every Monday Evening

Time:
8 - 10 PM (Sign-in 7:45 PM; Workshop 8 PM; Jam 9 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 torontonorthukulelejam@outlook.com
Check out more information on Steve McNie

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Instant Savings Event: On NOW until Dec 31, 2013]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Yamaha is offering Instant Savings this season up to $700 on their instruments! This fantastic offer is available until December 31, 2013.

It’s so easy! 

  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Guitar and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Steinberg software and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Yamaha Synthesizer or Live Sound equipment and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Digital Piano and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Drum Kit and instantly save up to $300!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Wind Instrument and instantly save up to $500!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Clavinova and instantly save up to $700!*

For more details, please visit www.yamahapromos.ca.

*Valid on eligible new instruments at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada for purchases made between October 15 and December 31, 2013. Conditions and exceptions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Yamaha Canada reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time.

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<![CDATA[Get Your Strum On! Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:25:39 +0000 GET YOUR STRUM ON!

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 (basics 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 torontonorthukulelejam@outlook.com
Check out more information on Steve McNie



Uke 101 with Steve McNie

Learn to play the world's most happening instrument. No experience necessary! Take advantage of this one-time opportunity to learn to play the ukulele in just 3 hours with Toronto North Ukulele Jam's Steve McNie!

Who:
Anyone over 18 with a ukulele & a desire to learn!

More Information:
Email torontonorthukulelejam@outlook.com
Blog Post: >Uke 101 With Steve McNie

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<![CDATA[Come See The Gibson Bus @ Cosmo Music! Tues. Oct 29 from 2 - 8 PM]]> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:20:40 +0000 The Gibson bus is rolling into town and making a stop at Cosmo Music for ONE DAY ONLY! Come by and check out this Gibson loaded beauty! Some great Gibson Custom Shop guitars will be available for your viewing pleasure!

While the bus is here, we are giving 10% OFF all in-stock Gibson and Epiphone guitars! This one-day offer is in-store only.

SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
2 - 8 PM

Can't wait for the bus to stop by? Check out our inventory of Gibson & Epiphone Guitars NOW!

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE: Win Tickets to See Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck in Concert Courtesy of Fender Guitars!]]> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:02:29 +0000 October 1st – 18th

YOU could WIN 1 of 2 pairs of VIP Tickets to see Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck LIVE in Concert!

 

How? 

  1. Come into Cosmo Music and try a Jeff Beck Signature Fender Guitar.
  2. Fill out a ballot & place in the ballot box.
  3. Check your phone and email at 5:00 PM EST on October 18 to see if you WON!

Jeff Beck & Brian Wilson are currently on their North American Tour.

The tickets are for:

Saturday, October 26th at 8:00 PM
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto 

The VIP portion of the tickets include…

  • One reserved seat in the first 5 rows
  • Photo op with Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck
  • Access to VIP soundcheck
  • Parking (where available)
  • Exclusive tour gift item
  • Autographed 8x10
  • Ultimate VIP laminate
  • VIP commemorative ticket
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • Early entry into the venue
  • On-site VIP host
What are you waiting for? Come into Cosmo Music and try out one of our Jeff Beck Signature Fender GuitarsTODAY! 

 

*Entries can only be submitted when you try a Jeff Beck Fender Guitar until October 18, 2013 at 5:00pm. Draw will take place on October 18 at 5:00pm. Winners will be notified by phone and email. One entry per person. Tickets are will call and will require valid government issued ID to be picked up. Cosmo Music reserves the right to amend or cancel this promotion at any time.

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<![CDATA[Join us for the Eastman Guitars & Mandolins Factory Event - One Day Only!]]> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:03:57 +0000 ONE DAY ONLY

Saturday, September 28th from 1pm – 4pm

This is the time to really explore everything Eastman has to offer in Guitars and Mandolins including:

 

  • FREE Guitar Giveaway (you must be present to win!)
  • Acoustics, Hollowbodies, Archtops, Mandolins, Sample Models & More!
  • Save 10% on All In-Stock Eastman guitars, mandolins and ukuleles - ONE DAY ONLY (Sept 28)

PLUS an Eastman Factory Representative will be on hand at Cosmo Music to answer all your questions.

Don't Miss Out!

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