<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:15:07 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Spring into Savings with Signet 105 Series Drums from Ludwig]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:32:58 +0000 ON NOW until June 30th, 2014

Spring into Savings with Signet 150 Series Drums Mail-In Rebate

Take Advantage of a Special $100 MAIL-IN REBATE when you purchase a Ludwig Signet 150 Series Drum Kit from Cosmo Music.

Click Here for the MAIL-IN REBATE FORM. All mailing instructions are featured on this form.

Have a Question?
Contact a Cosmo Music Drum Specialist at 905.770.5222 x320.

Ludwig Signet Rebate

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<![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[Just Picked Up a New Instrument? These Play-Alongs Can Help!]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:04:54 +0000 Hal Leonard is out with a new book series for beginning instrumentalists! Their Easy Instrumental Play-Along series is perfect for players who have just picked up a new instrument. As of now, the collection is comprised of three books: Classic Rock, Disney and Classical Themes. The books feature fun and recognizable songs arranged for beginners, making them ideal for encouraging regular practice!

All songs included in these three books stay in B flat concert, which is the key most beginner instrumental method books begin with. Furthermore, the notation and rhythms are carefully edited to suit a novice playing level. Each piece provides the ‘lead’ or melody line for the student to play along with a recorded track. These tracks are included in the price of the book and can be accessed online through a code provided inside each book. By simply going to the website provided (on your computer, tablet or cell phone) and entering your unique code you will gain access to a Demonstration track and a Backing track for each of the 10 songs in your book. The Demo track features recordings of an instrumentalist playing the melody line. This helps the student hear how the song should sound. The Backing track contains an accompanying orchestra that the student can play along with. These great-sounding intricate audio tracks compliment the simplicity of the instrumental line.

Upon entering in your online access code, users will have the option to create a music library in which all the audio tracks from any books purchased from this series can be kept. Creating this library will allow users to have the music for future access and guarantees their music will never get lost. It also ensures ease and convenience in allowing the storage of all Hal Leonard music files in one place.

These books are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello and keyboard percussion.

Upon your next visit to Cosmo Music come in to Corner Books and speak with a Print Music Specialist about previewing these books!

Stephanie & Victoria
Print Music Specialists

Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310

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<![CDATA[Play Now Pay Later! On NOW until March 31st!]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:21:41 +0000 ON NOW until March 31st, 2014!  

It’s back again! Our NO Payments NO Interest for 12 months OAC promotion when you spend $500 or more with Desjardins Accord D payment options. Why wait to play the instrument or get the gear you really need when you can get it now and pay at a later date?

Ask a Cosmo Music Specialist in-store for more details.

This is a limited time offer so hurry in to the store today!

Play Now Pay Later

*Offer valid only from March 1 through to March 31, 2014. Offer only applies to new purchases. 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[EXTENDED to April 15th: LIQUIDATION Super Sale! ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:29:45 +0000 EXTENDED to April 15th! 

It’s our first ever LIQUIDATION Super Sale where thousands of music gear products MUST GO! This is your opportunity to SAVE BIG on a HUGE selection of items – up to 90% OFF!!!

SAVE!

  • 10% - 90% off thousands of select music gear items*
  • 20% - 90% off thousands of select print music titles*

 

Click HERE to to start the Full Liquidation Super Sale Experience!

PLUS don’t forget about FREE Shipping for purchases over $99 when you shop at cosmomusic.ca!

Liquidation Super Sale

*Offer valid only from March 8 through to April 15, 2014. Offer only applies in-stock, specially selected items and new purchases. 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 March 7, 2014 publication date. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to the Liquidation Super Sale. Some sale items may be demos, open box or scratch & dent. 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[Purchase a CB Drum Kit and get a Stagg Cymbal Set for $1]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Looking for a great deal on a student drum kit? Well we have one with this spontaneous spring savings! This was already a great kit for an amazing price - now we are adding a Stagg Cymbal Set for just a $1 more!

Perfect for the beginner drummer, this five-piece kit has great looks, sound and has everything you need to get started! Available in Black, Dark Green, Silver and Red finishes. Drum Kit size is 22" x 15" bass, 12" x 9" deep and 13" x 10" deep toms with heavy duty mounts, 16" x 16" floor tom, and a 5-1/2" x 14" 6 lug matching wood snare.

Purchase any of the following CB Drum Kits for $364.99
DIDACB5NPX
DIDACB5NLX
DIDACB5NMWR
DIDACB5NPX

Get the Stagg Cymbal Pack for $1.00 (regular price of $99.99)

DICMSTGCXASET
How?

After you add any of the four CB Drum Kits above, add the Stagg Cymbal Set and your cart subtotal will be adjusted by $89.99.

- One CB Drum Kit / Stagg Cymbal Set combination per order.
- Offer is from NOW until March 31st, 2014 - while quantities last!

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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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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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