<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:48:20 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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!

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<![CDATA[The Suhr 2015 Collection has arrived at Cosmo Music!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:47:54 +0000 Inspired by nature. Suhr's 2015 Collection features some truly awe inspiring guitars, and we have a bunch of them! Suhr's attention to detail is truly stunning, with every effort, down to the wooden tuning pegs and wooden pickup covers, to create the most earthy feeling guitars we've ever seen.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha's GEAR UP FOR SPRING event - On Now until March 21st, 2015 (In-Store Only)]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:39:41 +0000 Yamaha is looking forward to spring (aren't we all!) and offering a 10% INSTANT REBATE on a variety of Yamaha products! This offer is valid for IN-STORE purchases only on eligible new and in-stock instruments. See in-store for details.

Please print the COUPON below and present at time of purchase. Offer may not be combined with any other discounts. Offer excludes Acoustic, Hybrid & SILENT™ Piano, Clavinova (CLP/CVP), and Concert & Marching Percussion. Valid from March 1st - March 21st, 2015.

 

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<![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
Click here for more details!

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!
Click here for more details.

Acoustic guitar wizard Ewan Dobson will be performing live at Cosmo Music on February 21st!
Click here for more details.

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!

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<![CDATA[Protect your guitar, join the #fightfor45! Find out what it's all about here.]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:01:41 +0000 The climate here in southeastern Ontario is really great if you love the outdoors. Depending on the time of year, you can skate, ski, snowboard, swim, cycle, and swing a golf club, all within a reasonable radius. The variation in temperature and humidity levels that keeps driving interesting and wardrobes versatile does have a downside, though: guitars hate it.

With few exceptions, guitars are made of pieces of wood glued together. Most guitars use a few different species of wood in their construction, and some combine solid woods with laminates. As humidity levels change, the woods react by expanding or contracting, and each piece of the guitar will do this at a different rate. Unless action is taken to prevent it, these downward swings in humidity will have a negative effect on your guitar (it bears mentioning that although acoustic guitars are most at risk, solid-body electric guitars and basses will be negatively affected by dryness as well).

A guitar will show signs of dryness in a few different ways. The action will get higher as the neck is less able to resist the tension of the strings. As the top dries, the bridge will lift up and be pulled forward, also causing higher action. The fretboard will start to shrink, causing the fret edges to become exposed and feel sharp. Cracks will start to appear, small at first, often around seams or where the top has been book-matched. In extreme cases, the bridge may crack or become unglued from the top. Many of these things can be repaired, but prevention is the best medicine.

It would be an understatement to say that keeping your guitar at a comfortable humidity level of at least 45% is challenging in the winter. Some furnaces have the ability to add some moisture to the air, but most will dry it up at an alarming rate. Room humidifiers can be used, but they must be refilled often and can be loud. A guitar humidifier that goes in the guitar's case will work well, but again must be monitored almost daily. A combination of these methods will yield the best results, and using a hygrometer to know exactly what your humidity level is will tell you if you are doing enough.

In short; dryness bad, 45% humidity good. It isn't easy, but your guitar is worth it.

Join me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the tag #fightfor45 to show us how YOU fight against dryness or with pictures of symptoms. For helping spread the word, you'll be entered into a draw for some great guitar care products (prize package and deadline to be announced very soon).

Ryan Casselman
Department Head, Guitars
905.770.5222 x360
ryanc@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Ewan Dobson, Sat Feb 21, 2015]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:36:32 +0000 EWAN DOBSON - Acoustic Metal North American Tour 2015
Guitar Virtuoso & YouTube Sensation performing solo acoustic instrumental guitar



UPDATE! Watch Ewan Dobson perform "Paganini's Hip" Live at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!

Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant and exhilarating guitarists, having won first prize in many guitar competitions across the country. His impressive list of credentials include winning the Grand Prizes from both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival where he emerged victorious, after having competed against the top prize winners of all of the other disciplines. In addition to dominating the provincial competition circuit, Dobson has made his mark nationally having represented Ontario twice at the National Finals of the prestigious Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) and having been awarded the top prize in guitar. In the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the prestigious 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after this victory, he captured another first prize in the acoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. However, the highlight of this season took place when he caught the attention of the world by capturing 3rd place at the 38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield, Kansas.

In February 2015, EWAN DOBSON embarks on a 3 month coast-to-coast North American Tour, hitting all major markets (Cosmo Music is Ewan's 2nd stop)!  North America is big, so Ewan Dobson will release not one, but two new albums to support his North American tour. ACOUSTIC METAL II is the first of these two new releases and is the follow-up to the Acoustic Metal 1. 12-String Guitar includes 12-string versions of material from Ewan´s previous albums along with 5 new unreleased songs. The show will include material spanning Ewan´s entire catalogue performed fingerstyle and with flatpick.

For more information on EWAN DOBSON check out his website.


LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - EWAN DOBSON

Buy Ticket: Ewan Dobson, Sat Feb 21, 2015 at Cosmo Music
Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.


Ewan Dobson


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<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Guthrie Govan, Sun Feb 22, 2015]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:46:22 +0000 Guthrie Govan’s command of the instrument has seen him hailed as the ‘virtuoso’s virtuoso’, combining unparalleled genre mastery with his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, he’s often said to be the most complete guitarist there is and has reaped praise from his peers.


UPDATE! Watch Guthrie Govan perform "Waves" Live at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!

To Govan, learning guitar was as natural as learning to talk, starting at such an early age that English almost came as a second language to his playing. Raised on his dad’s classic rock records before being exposed to 'shredding', Govan later abandoned his studies to pursue a music career and by 1993 an instrumental demo led to him being named Guitarist magazine’s 'Guitarist of the Year'.

His ear for six-string intricacy led to work transcribing records, so that others too could develop their skills with the guidance of sheet music to accompany the sophisticated style. He would later evolve this into instructional YouTube clips, demonstrating his prowess for younger generations to learn from.

What sets Guthrie apart, is that no matter what he’s doing—picking, tapping, slapping, playing legato, whatever—is that he mixes everything up gracefully and absolutely nails each approach. And all the while the music sounds natural.' – Joe Satriani


LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - GUTHRIE GOVAN

 

MASTERCLASS (2 PM): SOLD-OUT

SHOW (7 PM): SOLD-OUT

 
Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Time: 2 PM Masterclass & 7 PM Show
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.


LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Guthrie Govan, Sun Feb 22, 2015


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<![CDATA[Holiday Giveaways from TC Electronics/Helicon! On NOW until Dec 31st, 2014]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:35:07 +0000 Tis the Season to get some FREE gear from TC Electronics/Helicon at Cosmo Music!

It's never too early to start shopping for the perfect gift and stocking stuffer for that musician in your family or circle of friends. No need to look any further, TC Electronics/Helicon has you covered!

For Guitarists

Two sweet deals for guitarists featuring two of TC Electronic's best sellers! Buy any 3 Mini Pedals and get a FREE Ditto Looper! -OR- Buy any 3 Compact Pedals and get a FREE Ditto X2!

If you purchased 3 Mini Pedals, here's your REBATE FORM to get your FREE Ditto Looper.
If you purchased 3 Compact Pedals, here's your REBATE FORM to get your FREE Ditto X2.

TC Electronics Holiday Giveaway

For Bass Players 

Can't leave bass players out in the cold! This holiday season, get a FREE Ditto Looper with the purchase of a BG250 Bass Amp (112, 115, 208, 210)!

Here's your REBATE FORM to get your FREE Ditto Looper.

TC Electronics Holiday Giveaway

For Vocalists

Here's two ways singers can get in on the action! Buy a VoiceLive Play, Play Acoustic or Play Electric, get a FREE MP-75 & gig bag! -OR- Buy a VoiceLive 3, and get a FREE MP-75 & VoiceLive 3 gig bag!

Here's your REBATE FORM to get your FREE MP-75 & gig bag.

TC Electronic Holiday Giveaway

Question? Contact TOM's GUITAR HANGAR at 905-770-5222 x360 or THE AUDIO GARAGE at 905-770-5222 x340

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<![CDATA[It's Back! 4 Day HOWL-A-THON Sale (Thurs Oct 30th - Sun Nov 2nd)]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:15:07 +0000 It’s Cosmo Music’s Annual Howl-A-Thon Scratch & Save Event! Save BIG on all in-stock music gear! Starting Thursday, October 30th until Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. Spooky deals on tons of items throughout the store! Check out our flyer below for highlights!

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4-Day HOWL-A-THON Sale

Thursday, October 30th until Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

CRAZY DEALS

Cosmo Music HOWL-A-THON Halloween Sale

Lots of scary crazy deals!

Check out our flyer

below for some of the highlights.

SCRATCH CARDS!

Cosmo Music HOWL-A-THON Halloween Sale Scratch Cards

SAVE between 10% - 50% on regular priced items with our Scratch & Save Cards!*

Scratch in-store to to reveal your savings.

WEB SAVINGS

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Shop at cosmomusic.ca and SAVE 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.**

Plus don't forget about FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!

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PLUS No Interest | Equal Payments for 12 Months OAC when you spend $500 or more in-store! See for details.

PLUS bring the kids in their Halloween Costumes to do some Trick or Treating! It's a fantastic event for the entire family!

  • Not all sale items listed in the flyer are available online at the sale prices.
  • Check out this list of manufacturers who have chosen not to participate in this online promotion.
  • Cosmo Gift Cards are only available in-store & can be used only on in-store purchases.

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

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FLYER

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DOOR CRASHERS

Limited stock so act fast! Some items will be available for in-store purchase only.

PLUS over 1000 other items on sale here (some sale items may be demos, open box or scratch & dent).

Ibanez UEW30RWE Concert Ukulele with EQ - Rosewood $149.95 $269.95
Ibanez AEW23MV Acoustic Guitar - Natural High Gloss $299.99 $499.95
Ibanez RG370FMZ Electric Guitar - Transparent Gray Burst $299.95 $549.95
Ibanez RG370FMZ Electric Guitar - Transparent Red Burst $299.95 $549.95
Ibanez GRX60 Electric Guitar - White $149.99 $209.95
Ibanez GRX60 Electric Guitar - Jewel Blue $149.99 $209.95
Ibanez FR320 Electric Guitar - Black $199.95 $399.95
Tama IP52KH6HC Imperialstar Drum Kit - Galaxy Silver $599.99 $899.99
Tama PC52HXZS B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Smokey Indigo Burst $1399 $2059.99
Tama PC52HXZS B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Volcanic Burst $1399 $2059.99
Tama PC52S B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Honey Amber Gold $1399 $1999.99
Tama PL52HXZS-BNZ B/B Starclassic Drum Kit Shell Kit - Blue Nebula Blaze $1499 $2319.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Butterscotch $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo MK1 Kahiko Soprano Ukulele in Trans Blue $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Red $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Wood $29.99 $42.99
Wharfedale Pro Titan 315A $249 $449
Yamaha CLP480PE Clavinova - Polished Ebony $2699 $4199
Adam Audio F5 Studio Monitor $199.99 $349.99
D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Regular Light 10-46 $3.99 $5.99
D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock 11-49 $3.99 $5.99
D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Super Light 9-42 $3.99 $5.99
Hallet Davis - H142C Upright Piano - Ebony Polish $7599 $9595
Yamaha CLP480 Clavinova - Rosewood Satin $2499 $3799
Yamaha PSR-A2000 Arranger Workstation $749 $1499.99
IK Multimedia iKlip 2 Universal Mic Stand Adapter for iPad Mini $26.99 $43.99
IK Multimedia iKlip 2 Univeral Mic Stand Adapter for iPad $26.99 $43.99
Ibanez RC320 Roadcore Electric Guitar - Black $199.95 $429.95
Stratus by Eastman SAS245 Alto Saxophone $699.99 $999.99
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Interface $299 $419
PreSonus AudioBox Stereo Recording Kit $249 $329
Novation Launch Control Controller $79 $99
IK Multimedia iRig Keys Pro Universal Mobile Keyboard $109.99 $164.99
iRig HD Digital Guitar Interface $87.99 $109.99
Tascam US-122MKII USB Interface $88 $144.99
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Headphones - Black $99.99 $114.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Black $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Brown $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headbones - Blue $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Ivory $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Green $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Pink $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Red $189 $219.99
Stratus by Eastman SFL215 Flute $299.99 $399.99
Tycoon TC-TJ72BN 12" Djembe - Natural $129.99 $279.99
Tycoon TKCT-29 Crate Cajon $199.99 $244.99
LP LP229 Mambo Cowbell $29.99 $46.99
Samson C01 SR850 Condenser Mic & Headphones Bundle $49.99 $89
Casio CTK-3200 Portable Keyboard $129.99 $159.99
Casio WK-225+ Portable Keyboard $219.99 $269.99
Stagg SH-SM8R 8" Cymbal - SH Regular Medium Splash $24.99 $49.99
Stratus by Eastman STB315 Trombone $399.99 $469.99
Stratus by Eastman SVA130-14-O Viola - 14" Outfit $499.99 $599.99
Korg MicroKORG XL+ Synthesizer/Vocoder $399 $549

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NOTE:

*Scratch & Save Cards valid only on Thursday, October 30, Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 2014. Scratch Cards are not applicable to products featured on the flyer and to products on sale in-store as they are at their lowest prices. Void unless scratched by a Cashier in the Atrium. Scratch card valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to Cashier. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Limit of one scratch card per purchase. Not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part. Scratch cards available while quantities last. Sale prices for items sold during event or special sale days or promotions are available on the published sale dates and for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted and excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons, consignment items, price matches, taxes, shipping charges and gift cards. Special offers or sale prices cannot be combined with teacher or student discounts, other coupons, promotions or offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times. Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect for 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-and-Save” or other “Game of Chance” discounts that apply to complete purchase at point of check-out as well as complete product category specials (ie. All “Cosmo Brand” stands on sale for 10% off) or BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) promotions do not qualify for price match or best price guarantee. Some items listed have only one item in-stock and available as of October 7, 2014 publication date. Haunted HouseItems may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

**Receive 10% off entire shopping cart subtotal when you spend $200 or more before tax October 30 - November 2, 2014 only online. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

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<![CDATA[BOSS Pedals Limited Time Offer! FREE Pedal board with purchase of 3 compact pedals!]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:48:18 +0000 Chances are if you've got a tone in your mind, you can achieve it with BOSS pedals, and now Roland is making it easier to build a stage ready tone rig.

From October 1st to December 31st, 2014, buy any 3 BOSS pedals from Cosmo Music and Roland Canada will send you a FREE BCB-30 Pedal Board!

Redeem your BCB-30 Pedal board HERE!

Questions? Contact TOM's GUITAR HANGAR at 905-770-5222 x360

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