<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:22:34 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[It's Epiphone Archtop Month at Cosmo Music! August 1 - 31, 2015]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:21:58 +0000 Buy any select Epiphone Archtop guitar from Cosmo Music, and get a FREE Tascam TC-1S Tuner from Epiphone!

The TASCAM TC-1S is the world’s first solar-rechargeable headstock tuner which charges its battery from a bank of solar cells on the front panel in just 25 minutes and a USB input is also available for quick-charging. The TC-1s features a built-in microphone with a 1/4" input for guitar and bass tuning, and its lightning-fast pitch detection is displayed with a wide easy-to-read bar graph for easy and accurate tuning.

Additionally, the TC-1S has four display modes, including a fine-pitch display for 1-cent accuracy plus strobe tuning animation. The tuner can be calibrated to an external source such as a piano or other hard-to-tune instruments. The TC-1S comes with a nylon strap and handy clip – just snap it to your guitar or bass gig bag and your ready to go!

Click here for information on how to redeem your tuner!

Epiphone Archtop Month

Click here for Terms & Conditions.

See below for a list of eligible Epiphone Archtop guitars.

<![CDATA[Fender Guitars Tune-Up and Free Strings Event - Sat July 11, 11 AM - 5 PM]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:20:10 +0000 TUNE UP and TURN UP!

Does your instrument need a little TLC? Bring in any guitar or bass to Cosmo Music on Saturday, July 11th between 11 AM - 5 PM and we'll slap on a set of FREE Fender strings at NO COST to you.* We'll also tune your guitar so you can get back to playing in no time.

Offer includes a restring with Fender strings and a tuning.** Applies to steel-stringed 6 or 12-string electric or acoustic guitars and 4 or 5-string basses only.

While you're here, be sure to take some Fender instruments for a test drive, including the California-made American Standard series guitars and basses.

Fender Guitars Tune-Up and Free Strings

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

*A limited quantity and selection of Fender strings will be made available for this promotion. Strings will be available to customers on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last.
**Guitar must be in good playing condition to receive a complimentary restringing and tune-up. Cosmo Music reserves the right to determine complimentary guitar restringing eligibility by a Cosmo Music guitar repair technician. Free restringing and tuning promotion will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis while service times are available on Saturday, July 11th between 11AM - 5PM only. Cosmo Music does not guarantee that service times will be available for this complimentary service. Limit of ONE (1) instrument per person. Complete set-up is not included in this promotion. Intonation, neck, nut, and saddle adjustments are also not included in this promotion. Regular rates and wait times will apply to any instrument that requires extensive adjustment.


<![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[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.
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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!
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Former drummer and founding member of Our Lady Peace will be hosting a drum clinic at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!
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Drum Performance Clinic with Jeremy Taggart - Sept 25, 2015

The RCM Celebration Series is out now!
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Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

<![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.

<![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.


<![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!

<![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

<![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

<![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




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