<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:08:51 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Get Your Strum On! Join the Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:28 +0000 GET YOUR STRUM ON!

The Toronto North Ukulele Jam is BACK this fall! 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 (basic ukulele skills are required - Beginners are encouraged to inquire about UKE 101).

Every Monday Evening

7 - 9 PM (Sign-in 6:45 PM; Workshop 7 PM; Jam 8 PM)

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

Drop-in - $10/session (HST incl.)
Pre-paid - $90 for 10 sessions (HST incl.)

More Information:
Call 905-770-5222 x232
Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Toronto North Ukulele Jam

<![CDATA[AMPLIFi Educational $50 Mail-In Rebate: On Now until Dec 31, 2014]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:58:30 +0000 AMPLIFi is more than an amp. AMPLIFi is unlike any guitar amplifier you’ve ever played. A revolutionary multi-speaker configuration delivers sonic details that other guitar amps simply can’t produce. A ton of built-in DSP provides amazing-quality tones and effects. One hundred onboard presets offer all the tones for your gigs. And it comes in a powerful 150-watt model or portable 75-watt version—both of which can get loud. Really loud.

At Line 6, we want to support guitar players of all skill levels, musicians, students and teachers. We are happy to offer a $50 Educational Mail-In Rebate* to all qualified customers. If you are a full-time student, teacher, taking guitar lessons, or teaching guitar you qualify for this rebate!

Eligible products: AMPLIFi 75 and AMPLIFi 150

To Receive The Rebate:

Purchase any eligible AMPLIFi product from Cosmo Music between Sept 1 - Dec 31, 2014. Complete the following FORM and include the required proof of qualification with this rebate coupon, cut out the UPC code form the box (no photocopies), and a copy of the original purchase receipt (keep the original receipt) and mail to the address below. Rebate requests postmarked by January 15, 2015 to qualify.

Submit your rebate application to:

Line 6 Rebates
c/o C & S Sales
12947 Chadron Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Line 6 Amplifi Mail-In Rebate

*Offer expire December 31st, 2014. Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2015. Eligible products must be purchased as new from an authorized Line 6 dealer in the US or Canada. Available only while supplies last. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Offer only valid in the US and Canada. Submission return addresses must be a valid US or Canada address. Limit 3 submissions per customer. Line 6 does not allow product substitutions, deletions, additions or other modifications to this offer regardless of any information you learn from other sources. This rebate cannot be transferred or combined with any other offer. Please allow up to 8 weeks for rebate delivery. Rebates paid in US Dollars. For questions, please email: Line6rebates@cssales.com. No phone calls please.

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents JACOB MOON on Thurs. Sept 25 at 7 PM]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:43:08 +0000 "JACOB MOON is an exceedingly watchable performer... seems completely at home on stage." Ron Sexsmith

Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It's a compliment that JACOB MOON keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon's renditions of their songs and have lavished him praise and a spotlight that has gained him international attention. It is these inventive covers that draws the fans in, but it's Moon's original material and his compelling live show that make them pull up a chair.

Danny Miranda (bassist for Queen) concurs "Tremendous command of the instrument...amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music".

JACOB MOON is known for his giftedness as a singer, songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with an equally unforgettable talent!

Cosmo Music Presents JACOB MOON

Buy Ticket
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

 For more on JACOB MOON, click here.

Jacob Moon

<![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE!]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:32:39 +0000 Cosmo Music wants to send YOU to the Taylor Guitars Factory! Customers purchasing one of our Taylor Guitars Brazilian Rosewood Guitars will receive a VIP Package Trip to the Taylor Guitars Factory in El Cajon, California, USA!



Package Details:

  • A VIP Tour of the Taylor Guitars Factory and a chance to select woods for your future custom Taylor;
  • Round trip economy class airfare to Los Angeles, California;
  • Hotel accommodation for 2 nights;
  • Ground transportation & meals in Los Angeles included

More details on the Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE can be found here.

The Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE!


Check out our teaser trailer of the Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars below:

Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars

<![CDATA[What's New You Ask? Ryan has August's Cosmo Minute Video Report]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:12:55 +0000 Ryan Casselman, manager of our guitar department, walks us through some new things this month at at Cosmo Music.


The rundown...

Collector's Series Icon Snare Drums were created by DW Drum Designer John Good to pay tribute to some of the most iconic drummers in the history of Rock:
• Roger Taylor of Queen
• Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
• Neil Peart of Rush

The first clinic sold out, so Terry Bozzio will be hosting a SECOND CLINIC date here at Cosmo Music: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 7PM. It's the only Ontario stop for his 2014 North American tour - this is the first ever of it's kind - never before has this drumming legend embarked on a full on coast to coast North American tour with his monster drumset.

It's here in a matter of days.... an evening of guitar talk featuring experts from Taylor Guitars at the Cosmo Music stop of the 2014 Taylor Road Show.


Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Content Manager

<![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars Road Show is Stopping by Cosmo Music! Thurs. August 21 @ 7 PM]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:49:24 +0000 UPDATE!

The Taylor Road Show was a great success! Wayne Johnson and Michael Lille from Taylor showed off some truly stunning guitars (and played some great pieces too!). Catch a glimpse below:


The Taylor Guitars Road Show is all about guitars, giving you a chance to talk shop with the team from the Taylor factory. Whether you're new to Taylor, a longtime Taylor owner, or thinking about getting your first guitar, we think you'll find our Road Show a fun, informative event.


Grammy Award Winner, Wayne Johnson will be in attendance with the Taylor Guitars Team.


Admission is FREE!
RSVP by filling out your information below.**


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Taylor Guitars Road Show at Cosmo Music


* Must be over 13. Please read the Official Rules can be found HERE.

** RSVP does not include a seat reservation. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

<![CDATA[Heard the new Death From Above 1979 Single? Here's how to get that bass tone!]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:57 +0000 It's been 10 years, but Death From Above 1979 is finally releasing a new album in September. The new single 'Trainwreck 1979' has got bass players everywhere salivating over that deliciously dirty bass tone.

After reading that this crushing distortion is actually achieved by running a cranked high wattage solid state amp through a lower wattage 8x10 cab, a few of us in the guitar department sought out to replicate that tone without having to destroy our speakers! So we experimented with some awesome pedals on our shelves and found that can you achieve the same effect right at your feet!

The MXR M81 Bass Preamp

The DFA tone is tight with a growly midrange and biting treble. The MXR M81 Bass Preamp will help you shape your bass tone just right before you kick it into overdrive. Add some treble and midrange, dial back the low end, and your tone will have that serrated edge even before the distortion. The circuitry is designed to retain the warmth and organic tone of the bass even in a trebly, midrange-y setting.

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi has the versatility to shape that killer driven sound exactly the way you want it to. Blend the effect and dial in the high and low pass filters just right and you can nail that DFA 1979 drive. The regular Bass Big Muff Pi is also more than capable to give you that desired drive.

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer can give you that gritty, growly midrange and achieve a nice overdriven sound. If you're really going for that ultimate Death From Above 1979 tone, put this before a Bass Fuzz pedal and use it to add some gain and meat to your bass tone before the distortion stage.

[NOTE: There are 2 different product listings with 2 different prices on the site]

The Electro Harmonix Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

You'll often notice a bit of a wah element in Jesse Keeler's bass tone. Electro Harmonix's Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz can give you that treble edge that comes from a wah, but with bass fuzz built in. Dial it back a bit from the max to get that dirt without getting too buzzy.

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe is another great option for driving your bass rig. A great pedal with the versatility to achieve that optimal tone. For the DFA 1979 sound, you may be tempted to turn the fuzz up to the max, but don't! Dial it back to get that grit without too much buzz.

Come in and speak to a Cosmo Music specialist in our guitar department for all your tone needs. When the new Death From Above 1979 album 'The Physical World' comes out in September, we'll be playing those riffs all month long!

Do you have any other ideas to achieve this killer tone? Visit our Facebook page or @CosmoMusic on Twitter and post away (just don't start a flame war!)

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager (and Guitar Enthusiast!), Cosmo Music

<![CDATA[What's New? Ryan has July's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:05:29 +0000 Ryan Casselman, manager of our guitar department, walks us through some exciting new arrivals at Cosmo Music.

The most popular portable action camera is here in our Audio Garage! Showing off your drum chops on YouTube? Recording your live gig from the stage? GoPros are easily mountable and extremely versatile, giving your music or live videos some edge. Click here to order a GoPro and related accessories.

There's simply too much to say about these exquisitely crafted guitars. Click here to find out what they are all about. Absolute masterpieces.

Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager

<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE Custom Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars at Cosmo Music!]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:32:20 +0000 A year to plan and build, and now they are finally here at Cosmo Music. Exclusive, custom Taylor Brazilian Rosewood acoustic guitars. Just one glimpse at the wood and it immediately becomes clear: this is craftsmanship at it's finest.


"Brazilian is the wood that makes a flat top players' heart stop. It is the flat top guitar's royal flush, if you will. In a nutshell, aside from being very beautiful, it is the singing wood par excellence, because there isn't really a wood that has the "just right" combination like it. By just right, I mean to say internal velocity, dampening, density, rigidity, stability, and a host of other factors that manifest themselves in the musical forms of clarity, richness in overtone, sustain, projection, note separation, volume.....It has the right balance for a singing, ringing tone quality. There are other great woods, but the sheer uniqueness of Brazilian rosewood's personality traits have made it the most sought after back and side wood for as long as steel string flat top guitars have been made."
- Andy Powers, Taylor Guitars master luthier



It takes a true appreciation of tone to realize the brilliance of Brazilian Rosewood. These guitars breathe and sing, bringing out the personality of the player on a whole other level. It's a shame this wood is becoming rarer every day. A true collector's item, there's a price but owning one of these guitars is priceless.




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For more info...
Call our Guitar Department directly at 905 770 5222 x360 (1 800 463 3000)
Email us at support@cosmomusic.ca


-Neil Shukla
Media and Creative Content Manager

<![CDATA[Save a Fortune Super Sale & #CosmoRocks Summer Event!]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:30:15 +0000 Save a Fortune Super Sale &
#CosmoRocks Summer Event

• Save up to 50% on your purchase!*

• Food & Live Music

• 3 Days Only
Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A Quick Look Back at our Save A Fortune Super Sale

Save a Fortune...


Cosmo Music Save a Fortune

Tons of reduced items throughout the store!

Check out our flyer

for some of the highlights.


Cosmo Music Fortune Cookies

On top of the hot deals, crack one open to reveal your savings for in-store purchases. Save between 10% - 50% on everything in the store!



Shop at cosmomusic.ca and save 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.** Plus don't forget about the FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

Band & Orchestral Instruments

Guitars & Gear

Pro Audio

Keyboards & Pianos

Drums & Percussion

#CosmoRocks Summer Event...

The fun doesn’t stop inside the store! Check out what’s going on outside (we'll be hashtagging so the kids can see on the internet too).

FRIDAY - June 6th

FREE Hot Dogs!

5pm - 8pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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SATURDAY - June 7th

Non-perishable Food
and Monetary Donations10am - 5pm
Support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program benefiting the Richmond Hill Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to the event and help the many families in our community who rely on the Richmond Hill Food Bank.
Purolator Tackle Hunger Week
Roland Experts

11am - 6pm

Come in to speak with the experts from Roland! You’ll find them in the guitar, pro audio and keyboard departments all day! They have the answers to your hard questions… and maybe some insight into in-store deals to be had… PLUS catch them on stage under the big tent in between Lou Moore’s sets.
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Food Trucks!

11:30am - 5pm

  • Tutti Panini – Mouth-watering, home-cooked Italian selections such as veal sandwiches, pasta and stone-baked pizza!
  • Localista – Bringing creative dishes using locally-grown agricultural produce to the masses like Green Thai Goat Curry, Herb Ricotta Ravioli with fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Corn Bread!
  • Tiny Treats Ice Cream Truck – The sweet treat truck! Soft serve ice cream, Slushi & Popsicles… all the chilly favourites!

Cosmo Music Food Trucks

Live Entertainment

1pm - 5pm

Featuring Lou Moore & Friends:
Steve Piticco, Wendell Ferguson, Graham Young and many more. Don't Forget - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND STAY ALL DAY!

SUNDAY - June 8th

Drum Circle with Olaf

11:30am - 12:30pm

From the Cosmo School of Music.
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FREE Hot Dogs!

12pm - 3pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
Yamaha Logo
Live Entertainment

1pm - 3pm

The Commuters featuring Jimmy Ruddock, Andrew Blake, Tim Bond & Vic Uppal!
Ukulele Jam

3pm - 4pm

Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie of the Toronto North Ukulele Jam & Corktown Ukulele Jam
Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie
Live Entertainment

4pm - 5pm

York Region's own Kristen Manza will take us home with an all-acoustic set covering artists from Coldplay to Oasis combined with a beautiful voice sure to please all ears.

* Fortune cookies valid only on Friday, June 6; Saturday, June 7; and Sunday, June 8, 2014. Receive 10%-50% off your purchase of regular priced items. Fortune cookie discounts are not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-store that are currently on special sale price. Void unless opened in front of a cashier in the Atrium. Fortune cookies 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 a 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 May 8, 2014 publication date. Items 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 and shipping June 6-8, 2014 only online. 10% discount is not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-stock that are currently on special sale price. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at www.cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

See Rules and Regulations for further details.