<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:41:21 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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.

 

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<![CDATA[and the Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Winners are.....]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:11:39 +0000 We thank our CosmoFEST & EXPO participating suppliers for their generosity for providing over $13,000 in prizes.

 

25 Grand Prizes have all found happy homes across Southern Ontario; check out the photos below.

 

Let's do it all again next year!

 

Taylor GS Mini-e RW

courtesy of Taylor Guitars
Daniel of Pickering

Taylor Guitars GS Mini-e RW - Winner Daniel of Pickering

Alesis Pro X Kick Pedal Professional Bass Drum Pedal

courtesy of InMusic Canada
Diego Jose of Mississauga

Ibanez JEMJR Electric Guitar

courtesy of Efkay
Conner of Bowmanville

Ibanez JEMJR Electric Guitar - Winner Connor of Bowmanville

MXL RF-100 Reflection Filter

courtesy of Hal Leonard
Raj of Vaughan

MXL RF-100 Reflection Filter - Winner Raj of Vaughan

MXL GENESIS Mic

courtesy of Hal Leonard
Wayne of Markham

MXL GENESIS Mic - Winner Wayne of Markham

Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

courtesy of Fender
John of Markham

Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Winner John of Markham

D'Addario Bar Stools

courtesy of D'Addario
Glenn of Oakwood

 D'Addario Bar Stools - Winner Glenn of Oakwood

Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic

courtesy of Erikson Audio
Chris of Vaughan

Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic - Winner Chris of Vaughan

Digitech TRIO Pedal Effect

courtesy of Erikson Music
Tyler of Innisfil

Digitech TRIO Pedal Effect - Winner Tyler of Innisfil

Walking Dead Omni V4 Rockmaster Electric Guitar

courtesy of Peavey
Joe of Vaughan

Peavey Walking Dead Omni V4 Rockmaster Electric Guitar - Winner Joe of Vaughan

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

courtesy of Intellimix
Stephen of Aylmer

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 - Winner Stephen of Aylmer

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro 2

courtesy of Intellimix
Amy of Markham

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro 2 - Winner Amy of Markham

Electro-Voice N/D767A Dynamic Supercardioid Lead Vocal Mic

courtesy of Bosch
Nicholas of Richmond Hill

Electro-Voice N/D767A Dynamic Supercardioid Lead Vocal Mic - Winner Nicholas of Richmond Hill

Pair of JBL LSR305 Monitors

courtesy of SC Media
Patricia of Markham

Pair of JBL LSR305 Monitors - Winner Patricia of Markham

Yamaha AC1R Acoustic-Electric Guitar

courtesy of Yamaha
Ching of Markham

Yamaha AC1R Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Winner Ching of Markham

Sterling JP100D-PBB John Petrucci Series Electric Guitar

courtesy of Coast Music
Mike of Moonstone

Sterling JP100D-PBB John Petrucci Series Electric Guitar - Winner Mike of Moonstone

Jupiter 1167GL Alto Saxophone

courtesy of Coast Music
Andrew of Newmarket

Jupiter 1167GL Alto Saxophone - Winner Andrew of Newmarket

Sabian 22" AA Apollo Cymbal

courtesy of Sabian
Neil of Richmond Hill

Sabian 22" AA Apollo Cymbal - Winner Neil of Richmond Hill

Chauvet Radius 2.0 LED Effect Light

courtesy of Erikson Pro
Penny of Aurora

Chauvet Radius 2.0 LED Effect Light - Winner Penny of Aurora

Richmond Dorchester Black MN Electric Guitar

courtesy of Godin Guitars
Guy of Toronto

Godin Richmond Dorchester Black MN Electric Guitar - Winner Guy of Toronto

Roland TD-1K Electric Drum Kit

courtesy of Roland
Daphne of Markham

Roland TD-1K Electric Drum Kit - Winner Daphne of Markham

Shure SE112-GR Headphones

courtesy of SF Marketing
Gerson of Newmarket

Shure SE112-GR Headphones - Winner Gerson of Newmarket

Sennheiser XSW 35 - Wireless Vocal Microphone System

courtesy of Sennheiser
Erez of Vaughan

Sennheiser XSW 35 - Wireless Vocal Microphone System - Winner Erez of Vaughan

Sennheiser HD280 PRO Headphones

courtesy of Sennheiser
Vivek of Newmarket

Sennheiser HD280 PRO Headphones - Winner Vivek of Newmarket

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<![CDATA[Did we take your picture with Steve Vai? Find them here!]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:39:44 +0000 We love this guy. Steve Vai met every fan at the Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO. We took pictures and uploaded them here.

Scan through and find your pic with the legend himself below:
http://bit.ly/stevevaifanphotos

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<![CDATA[NXNE is Back! June 17 - 21, 2015, Toronto]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:46:55 +0000

Signs of summer are cropping up in Toronto and one of the main events of the season kicks off on June 17th. In its 21st year, NXNE takes over TO with a five day festival that brings in local music and international acts and major label headliners. This year, discover over hundreds of bands while seeing your current favourites take the stage. Here's a simple 5 step program to make the most out of the best 5 days/nights of the year.

Step 1: Check out the lineup at NXNE.com. ACTION BRONSON, ANGEL OLSEN, TINK, WILLOW SMITH, RAE SREMMURD, TY DOLLA $IGN, AIDEN KNIGHT, WAR PAINT, IBEYI, ZOLA JESUS, DCF, GLASS ANIMALS, BLONDE REDHEAD, BETTY WHO, CAIRO, OM, VINCE STAPLES, PENTAGRAM, BAD GIRLS, ROUGH SPELLS, NICK WATERHOUSE, REAL ESTATE AND MORE! SO! MUCH! MORE!

Step 1.5: Take a deep breath as to not overwhelm yourself. Vital step as your head exploding is a natural reaction to so many great artists.

Step 2: Prioritize by getting advanced tickets to Northby Advanced shows. Don't be that chump who strolls up to the door of the coolest show only to be turned away because it's at capacity. I mean what did you expect? WILLow Smith is the spawn of WILL Smith and it WILL sell out.

Step 3: For 5 days/nights, NXNE takes over Toronto's best venues/general-places-of-gathering-turned-venues and one of the city's most well known event space is no exception. This year Action Bronson, The New Pornographers and a few more not to be missed acts take the stage at Yonge Dundas Square for free. FREE. Get there early and make friends with the YDS regulars to secure a prime spot on the pavement/dance floor.

Step 4: Stay out all night, way past last call because you know what's more beautiful than watching the sun rise with your best friends (and new friends, sorry Drake) after an epic night out? Watching the McDonald's menu change into the breakfast menu. It happens at 5 am and it's Instagram worthy. #NoFilter

Step 5: Accept the fact that the highlight of your summer, and possibly year happened so early in the game and that everything after it will be slightly disappointing in comparison. Good thing we live on nostalgia so no one will ever get tired of you starting a sentence with "Remember that time at Northby?..."

And there you have it, and it's only the beginning. More events to be announced soon; follow @NXNE on Twitter and Instagram and like NXNE on Facebook for the latest updates.

NXNE
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<![CDATA[It's happening. A Masterclass with the legend himself, Steve Vai.]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 14:43:08 +0000 There's way too much to be said about Steve Vai. Once a student of the great Joe Satriani, he has risen to become one of the most respected electric guitar virtuosos of all time. He's a critical part of the G3 tour, hosted by him, Joe Satriani and other legendary guitarists such as John Petrucci and Yngwie Malmsteen. His full discography encompasses over 60 albums, as well as three Grammy awards.

He's an absolute master, and now he's hosting an Alien Guitar Secrets masterclass here at Cosmo Music. Have you listened to "Passion and Warfare" and been astounded by the artistry and technical brilliance? Do you find yourself just getting lost in the guitar bliss of "For The Love Of God"? Have you watched the G3 tour and realized just how much you need to step up your guitar game? You need to be here.

This isn't a ticket to view a performance where you need to squint to see what's happening. This is up close and personal the legend himself, in an intimate setting of 200 people in our Cosmopolitan Music Hall. He'll be sharing his wisdom, advice and experiences. If you are a fan, you'll get to know more about your hero. If you're a guitarist, you'll be inspired to become better.

It's happening on Saturday June 6th at the Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO at 1:00PM - 3:30PM. Tickets are available now. Click below to purchase your ticket online. Buy soon, because trust us, these won't be available for long.

Steve Vai's Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass

Date: Saturday June 6, 2015
Time: 1 PM (arrive 1 hour early)
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

UPDATE:

Did we take your picture with Steve Vai? Find them here!

Check out a sample what what happened - Steve Vai performing Tender Surrender:

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<![CDATA[Hot Docs! Look out for these documentaries on musicians]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:38:10 +0000 Hot Docs is the second only to TIFF in Toronto when it comes to the film industry. We always like it when music gets explored in new and interesting ways on film. These are some of the documentaries we are looking forward to.




Mavis!

Mavis Staples is an ICON of soul music. During the civil rights era, her music inspired people to transcend racial divides and be a part of one musical family. Her career has been long and storied, and a force for positivity in American culture. Hot Docs will shed an intimate light on Mavis’ incredible career. Find out more here.

Breaking A Monster

You may remember a video a few years ago of some 12 year olds shredding the streets of New York with a TIGHT HEAVY METAL performance. They weren’t just good for being their age, they were just GOOD, period. Some artists land a viral hit on YouTube and fade away, but Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins kept the momentum rolling and swept up a 1.8 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT. The rise of these young metalheads is going to be explored at Hot Docs. Find out more info here.

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<![CDATA[Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Saturday June 6]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:05:40 +0000 Our flagship June sale has been a Cosmo Music staple since 1985. From an auction-style outdoor BBQ event to a more-focused in-store sale experience, our customers have come to expect big things from us each and every June.

For our 30th Anniversary of this event... we're going BIG!

 

UPDATE:

ONE DAY ONLY Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 9AM to 7PM

Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO 2015 Map

Steve Vai at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

FREE 4PM Meet & Greet with guitar legend Steve Vai.

Steve Vai's Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass

Availability is VERY limited.

Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. At age 12, he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani. At 18, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, 15-million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, one of music's true originals. Vai's full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Zappa, others from his stints with David Lee Roth (just after he left Van Halen) and Whitesnake at the peak of its popularity-live releases, collaborations, compilations and orchestral works.

Steve Vai at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

This is ACTUALLY happening... he’s coming to Cosmo Music!

Cosmo MusicFEST LIVE on the Main Stage

I Mother Earth

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Canadian alt-rock band I Mother Earth (IME) are back and we couldn't be more excited to have them headline our Main Stage this year! Rising to the top of rock radio charts across Canada throughout the mid-late 90s into the early 2000s with singles like SO GENTLY WE GO, ONE MORE ASTRONAUT and SUMMERTIME IN THE VOID, the band took an eight-year hiatus between late 2003 until early 2012 when IME fans learned that they were regrouping. Following up that announcement a few months later, IME released the kick-ass single, WE GOT THE LOVE - proving that IME doesn't miss a beat when it comes to re-capturing their iconic dirty riffs, rich drum & percussion and passionate vocal delivery. IME's appearance at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO couldn't have come at a better time with the recent release of the raw and punchy single, THE DEVIL'S ENGINE. If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t leave this page until you've had a spin of the YouTube video below.

The Mohrs

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Taking on a tinge of heralded rock icons of years past – from AC/DC to Heart to The Pretenders – and combining it with the hard-hitting melodicism of modern masters like the Foo Fighters, The Mohrs deliver a unique take on anthemic, big-riff rock that’s simultaneously fresh and familiar. Tracks like BETTER and PERFECTLY SANE anchor Mohr’s impactful lyrics and soaring, intense singing with arena-ready riffs and a rock-solid rhythm section. Having just released their rocking debut album, KINGS OF NOWHERE (produced with Hawksley Workman), Cosmo Music couldn't be happier to have booked The Mohrs at the start of what is sure to be a long and successful music career (parental caution: the video may show a boob).

Hotel California Eagles Tribute

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Original Tribute to The Eagles have thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans around the globe for almost three decades now. You may ask yourself - what makes Hotel California so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies and top flight live performance - just for starters. They represent a masterful celebration of The Eagles’ music - playing one of the most game-changing song catalogs in the history of rock n’ roll. If you love The Eagles, then welcome to the Hotel California - you've just found the next best thing!

Absolute Journey Tribute

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Who doesn’t like Journey? If you don’t, you should just stop reading this now… like seriously, we can't be friends any more! For those that do… Absolute Journey Tribute brings audiences a faithful reproduction of the Journey live experience, enriched by audience interactivity and true-to-the-original costume changes - oh yeah! Performing Journey to the highest level of musicianship with outstanding vocals as sung by Riccardo Curzi. His vocal talents are one of the closet things you will ever hear compared to Steve Perry. Absolute Journey Tribute will take you right back to those days of blasting Journey while riding shotgun with your best buds in that black and gold Firebird convertible with the smell of just way too much hairspray.

Lots of Ways to Save!

FREE MONEY VOUCHERS

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Free Money Vouchers - see additional details

Vouchers will be given on a first-come first-serve basis between 8AM and 9AM to only the first 300 people in line.

All vouchers contain a minimum of $25,
10 random vouchers will contain $300.

One per household. Valid for in-store purchase only on June 6 - 9AM to 7PM. No cash value.

See Additional Details* below for details.

DOOR CRASHERS

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Door Crasher Deals

All Door Crasher deals are for in-store and EXPO Tent purchase only; be sure to get here early!

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Flyer

See Additional Details* below for details.

SCRATCH N' SAVE CARDS

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Scratch N' Save Cards

SAVE between 10% - 50% on regular priced items with our Scratch N' Save Cards.

Scratch in-store to reveal your savings.

See Additional Details* below for details.

BONUS BUCKS

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Vendor Bonus Bucks

Exclusive One Day Deals for over 25 brands:

SAVE $25
on an item priced between $250 to $499.99

SAVE $50
on an item priced between $500 to $999.99

SAVE $100
on an item priced at $1,000 and up

See Additional Details* below for details.

Guitar Guy

Free Guitar Restringing

With the purchase of a set of strings - includes minor adjustments if needed
9AM to 5PM at the Guitar Repairs Counter

• Limit of 1 guitar per person
• First-come first-serve, while service times are available
• Complete set-ups are not included
• Guitar must be in good playing condition
• Any instrument that requires extensive adjustment is not included in this offer; regular rates and wait times would apply

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Grand Prizes
Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Grand Prizes

Vendor's EXPO


Over 70 leading brands and over 90 of their experts under a massive 7000 sq ft EXPO Tent.
A BIG thank you to all our sponsors!

• Ask the Experts
• Test Drive new gear
• Giveaways & Swag all day long
• Over 50 Free Workshops & Presentations
• Free Peavey Live Sound Seminar
• Free Taylor Guitars Shapes & Tonewoods Presentation

Demo Stage Schedule

FREE to Attend – Outside, Adjacent to the EXPO Text

9:30AM

From DDJ-SZ to DDJ-WEGO - Pioneer Controllers Explained

(Andy Foster)
Pioneer have clearly set out to produce the ultimate all-in-one DJ controller when embarking on the creation of the DDJ-SZ. Along with this flagship Professional DJ Controller, Andy Foster will explain some of the key features of the ultra-compact and affordable DDJ-WEGO DJ Controller and demonstrate how easy it is for beginners to learn how to mix with its built in effects and features.

10:00AM

Life Through Rhythm

(Chris Lesso)
Chris Lesso began studying drumming and piano at the age of 7 and has studied with many world-renowned artists such as Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Jim Blackley, and in India with Swapan Chaudhuri. Chris’s unique blend of hard rock, jazz, and world flavoured rhythms can be heard with his band modus factor, and has also recorded and toured internationally with many acts including Cavalia Odysseo and Wild T And The Spirit. The LTR event inspires not only musicians, but anyone looking to learn real life tools that connect the passion of music to living a life of our dreams, achieving our success, and living our fullest potential every day.

10:30AM

Become a Better Guitarist

(Peter Lafferty)
Join Peter Lafferty, Boss Product Manager, as he helps to guide aspiring virtuosos on how to get the best sound out of their gear. Peter is the Boss, V-Guitar and Amplification Product and Sales Manager for Roland Canada and has over 10 years experience working as a Roland Product Specialist.

11:00AM

Fun with the Yamaha PSR-S650: How to Get the Most Out of Your Instrument

(Maria Kundakcioglu)
The PSR-S650 boasts a newly enhanced Style performance engine with MegaVoice technology for ultra-realistic instrumental Style backing - especially with guitar sounds. It also features Voice Expansion to load additional Audio Samples, Voices, Drum Kits and Styles to expand your creative possibilities.

11:30AM

Akai Professional: Sound and Rhythm Creation

(Brennan Galley)
Brennan Galley is a Product Specialist with InMusic, the home of many of the world's premier music industry brands such as Numark, M-Audio and Alesis. The refinement of Akai Professional's digital sampling technology has become the building block of today's most popular music. Akai Pro stands at the forefront of digital technology and remains one of the most influential manufacturers of musical equipment of the last 20 years. Brennan will be showing off the Akai Advance 49 and VIP Software as well as Akai Rhythm Wolf.

Noon

Blackstar HT Club 40C: A Working Musicians Amplifier

(Gregg Peterson)
Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes the HT Club 40 is the ideal gigging valve amp for club sized venues. Join Gregg, SF Marketing's Ontario Division Manager as he shows off the HT Club amplifier's amazing punch and dynamics that will easily cut through in a full band situation. Check out this creation from the passionate team of musicians that are truly passionate about what they do - making great guitar amps for players around the world.

12:30PM

Taylor Guitars

(Michael Lille)
Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Taylor guitars are renowned for their outstanding playability and stunning aesthetics which gained the respect of thousands of artists, including the likes of Taylor Swift, Prince, Jason Mraz and Zac Brown, among many others.

1:00PM

From DDJ-SZ to DDJ-WEGO - Pioneer Controllers Explained

(Andy Foster)
The morning session is repeated for the afternoon. Pioneer have clearly set out to produce the ultimate all-in-one DJ controller when embarking on the creation of the DDJ-SZ. Along with this flagship Professional DJ Controller, Andy Foster will explain some of the key features of the ultra-compact and affordable DDJ-WEGO DJ Controller and demonstrate how easy it is for beginners to learn how to mix with its built in effects and features.

1:30PM

Peavey Vypyr Pro 100 and AT200 Guitar

(Michael Smith)
Michael Smith, Product Manager at Peavey Electronics, has chalked up 9 years of industry experience with Peavey Electronics. He will be demoing the instantly perfect tuning and intonation with the simple push of a button on the new Peavey AT-200 guitar, coupled with the new Vyper Pro 100 amplifier with over 100 Amp and Effects Models, an Onboard Tuner and Looper, and USB Out!

2:00PM

Triple Play and Multiac

(Craig Skala)
Toronto-based guitarist and Godin Representative, Craig Skala, will show off a couple of Godin's newest products. Get a chance to listen to the infinite sonic possibilities of the integrated TriplePlay wireless guitar controller system that puts an unlimited palette of instruments and sounds at your fingertips followed by the state-of-the-art on-board electronics and synth access of the Multiac line-up of guitars.

2:30PM

Ibanez Guitars

(Danny Marino)
During the mid-80s, with the interest in instrumental rock guitar on the rise, Ibanez collaborated with players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert and brought out the JEM, JS, RG and S models. Today, present day versions of these models are still considered the standard in hard rock and instrumental rock guitars. As well known for its jazz guitars as it is for rock, Ibanez has an impressive line of jazz boxes including the George Benson models, two Pat Metheny models, and most recently, the new John Scofield signature semi-acoustic.

3:00PM

Numark: Digital DJ Tools

(Brennan Galley)
Brennan Galley is a Product Specialist with InMusic, the home of many of the world's premier music industry brands such as Numark, M-Audio and Alesis. Brennan will be demonstrating some of the latest and greatest digital tools that Numark has created for the professional DJ as he presents the Numark NV, Numark Lightwave, Akai AMX and the Akai APC40II. Don't miss out on Brennan's intimate product knowledge and entertaining demonstrations!

3:30PM

Ableton Push

(DJ Shine)
From the early 90's heyday of Toronto's techno scene through to his current constant touring as a band member and Ableton programmer for Nelly Furtado and more recently hip-hop superstar Drake, Jason "DJ Shine" Spanu has delivered a brilliant history as a key player in the Canadian electronic music scene. With numerous singles, remixes, and compilation appearances under his belt, DJ Shine has made his reputation well known among some of the world's top producers and artists. His performances as a live PA/DJ combination have rocked dance floors at huge events all over the world.

4:00PM

Fender Guitars: New for 2015

(Rick Heins & Allen Abbassi)
Fender is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. Rick Heins and Allen Abbassi will share their combined knowledge of Fender's newest lineup of guitars and amplifiers. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others. It is Fender’s vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world.

4:30PM

Creating Music with Reason

(Terry Mask)
Making music should be fun! Let Reason help bring the joy of music-making back into your creative process. Join us as we explore Reason’s unique ability to function as a simple and intuitive tool for newcomers to computer-assisted composition, yet become as deep as the most seasoned producers need it to be. We’ll explore Reason 8’s new workflow, and it’s comprehensive palette of Instruments, effects, loops, & patches to create music for any genre. Need inspiration? Seamlessly collaborate with a world of music-makers using Propellerhead’s Figure or Take iOS apps and the new Discover sharing service.

5:00PM

Small Performance P.A.

(Jeremy Power)

SC Media is a distributor of many well known brands such as AKG Acoustics, JBL Pro, and Imposa to name a few. Jeremy, a Sales Representative for the Professional Sound, Lighting and Video Industries at SC Media, will be explaining some of the key factors in choosing the right P.A. system. Active vs. Passive: it all depends on the application.

Seminars & Workshops

FREE to Attend – In-store on the 2nd Floor

Taylor Guitars: Shapes & Tonewoods

Michael Lille & Nate Shivers (45 Minutes)
This 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 this show a fun, informative event. Featuring personal advice to help you find the right guitar and test-drive the redesigned 600 and 800 Series. PLUS many of our in-stock Taylor Guitars will be on special that day! Don't Miss Out!

Peavey Live Sound Seminar

Kent Morris (45 Minutes)
Kent Morris is a 35 year veteran of professional audio, video and lighting. For 20 years Kent has been a consultant to Peavey Electronics and has been involved with many aspects of the company including instruction, training and product design. He has designed and installed hundreds of media systems in theaters, clubs and performance venues and toured with many artists. Kent has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society for 30 years, teaches live sound for AES, NAMM, LDI, InfoCOMM and NAB and writes articles for many trade magazines, including Sound and Video Contractor and Live Sound International.

Fender Guitars Presentation

Danny Guion & Allen Abbassi (20 Minutes)
Fender is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. The team will share his knowledge of Fender's newest lineup of guitars and amplifiers. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others. It is Fender’s vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL throughout the world.

Akai Professional: Sound and Rhythm Creation

Brennan Galley (20 Minutes)
Brennan Galley is a Product Specialist with InMusic,the home of many of the world's premier music industry brands such as Numark, M-Audio and Alesis. The refinement of Akai Professional's digital sampling technology has become the building block of today's most popular music. Akai Pro stands at the forefront of digital technology and remains one of the most influential manufacturers of musical equipment of the last 20 years. Brennan will be showing off the Akai Advance 49 and VIP Software as well as Akai Rhythm Wolf.

Small Performance P.A.

Jeremy Power (20 Minutes)
SC Media is a distributor of many well known brands such as AKG Acoustics, JBL Pro, and Imposa to name a few. Jeremy, a Sales Representative for the Professional Sound, Lighting and Video Industries at SC Media, will be explaining some of the key factors in choosing the right P.A. system. Active vs. Passive: it all depends on the application.

KOMPLETE S-KONTROL: Discover the Unity & MASCHINE and KOMPLETE: Experience the Unified Workflow

Discover true creative unity with the latest from the worlds of KOMPLETE and MASCHINE. All the power and sound of each platform come to life with MASCHINE hardware and the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series now featuring KOMPLETE SELECT - a suite of 10 premium instruments and effects available right out of the box. Learn all about the new KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.1 and MASCHINE 2.3 software - brand new updates that deliver deeper integrated control and a more immersive hardware workflow. NI Product Specialist Stoni will explore the unified workflow between MASCHINE and KOMPLETE in an engaging demo and Q&A session packed with insider tips.

How to Choose and Use the Right Vocal Mic

John McArthur (20 Minutes)
John McArthur started his career as a Production Assistant. Aside from now representing PAG Canada, John is also the Vice-President, Internal, of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology, where he also sits on the Board of Directors and chairs The Member Relations Committee. He will be sharing with us his intimate knowledge of the V Now, N/D 767, Shure SM 58 and Sennheiser e835 and giving out tips on microphone performance and technique.

Syncing Your Audio Workflow: Optimizing Your Storage Solutions

Peter Reitmeier(20 Minutes)
Question: aside from your creativity and computer, what are the two most important things today’s recording artists need? Answer: external AND cloud based storage solutions. Protecting your work with quality and reliable backup is essential, but how do you select the best option for your budget? Join Peter Reitmeier, G-Technology Product Specialist, as he provides the best insurance for your work and guides you through ways to maximize your music storage potential while minimizing the pitfalls of crashed drives.

Blackstar Story / HT Venue & ID Series

Doug Reynolds (20 Minutes)
Join Doug as he guides us through a brief History of Blackstar and demonstrates the product innovations. From chiming ‘boutique’ cleans, to on the edge crunch, or full-on distortion, HT Venue valve amps deliver ‘the sound in your head’. He will also show us the new ID series of amplifiers combining unique innovations, an intuitive, traditional control set and the versatility of programmability.

Fender: This is Sound

Rick Heins (20 Minutes)
Fender is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. Rick Heins will share his knowledge of Fender's newest lineup of guitars and amplifiers. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others. It is Fender’s vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world.

Recording 101

Warren Cooper (20 Minutes)
Erikson Audio has been distributing audio and music equipment in Canada for over 25 years. In addition to office and warehouse space in Montreal, Canada, Erikson Audio has a dedicated sales rep force calling on retailers and professional sound installers across Canada. Learn from the best as Erikson Audio Representative, Warren Cooper, as he presents an introductory seminar that will let us in on industry secrets that will help you get the best quality out of your recordings.will help you get the best quality out of your recordings.

Godin Triple Play and Multiac Guitars: Come and see what you are missing!

Craig Skala (20 Minutes)
Toronto-based guitarist and Godin Representative, Craig Skala, will show off a couple of Godin's newest products. Get a chance to listen to the infinite sonic possibilities of the integrated TriplePlay wireless guitar controller system that puts an unlimited palette of instruments and sounds at your fingertips followed by the state-of-the-art on-board electronics and synth access of the Multiac line-up of guitars.

Are You D1 and ONLY?

Daniel Brodeur (20 Minutes)
Feel free to perform with the Evolution Wireless D1 Microphone Series. Thanks to its automatic frequency management, easy operation and uncompromising reliability, the evolution D1 series lets you tear up the entire stage. So go ahead, perform your heart out.

Big Mixer, Small Footprint: the QSC TouchMix

Adam Plante (20 Minutes)
QSC TouchMix compact digital mixers are designed for musicians, production professionals and live performance venues that need the power and capability of a large “concert” mixing console in a compact, affordable and easy to use form. TouchMix-8 and TouchMix-16 mixers have the functionality to satisfy demanding professionals combined with a range of features and functions that help the less experienced user achieve quality results.

Help! I'm a Drummer…

Mark Cavarzan (20 Minutes)
Mark Cavarzan has been active in the music industry for over 30 years. He tours the province as a product specialist representing some of the most renowned brands in the industry. Mark has achieved a Gold record selling status with Brighton Rock and numerous awards and nominations. Whether you are new to drumming or actively gigging, come meet and interact with an industry pro. Dive into discussions about drumhead and drumstick selection, kit setup, tuning, stretching and more.

Numark: Digital DJ Tools

Brennan Galley (20 Minutes)
Brennan Galley is a Product Specialist with InMusic,the home of many of the world's premier music industry brands such as Numark, M-Audio and Alesis. Brennan will be demonstrating some of the latest and greatest digital tools that Numark has created for the professional DJ as he presents the Numark NV, Numark Lightwave, Akai AMX and the Akai APC40II. Don’t miss out on Brennan’s intimate product knowledge and entertaining demonstrations!

Ibanez Guitars

Danny Marino (20 Minutes)
During the mid-80s, with the interest in instrumental rock guitar on the rise, Ibanez collaborated with players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert and brought out the JEM, JS, RG and S models. Today, present day versions of these models are still considered the standard in hard rock and instrumental rock guitars. As well known for its jazz guitars as it is for rock, Ibanez has an impressive line of jazz boxes including the George Benson models, two Pat Metheny models, and most recently, the new John Scofield signature semi-acoustic.

Instantly Improve Your Guitar Tone

Dan Doiron (20 Minutes)
Dan Doiron, a seasoned veteran of the stage and studio and East Coast Blues Award Nominee, will show you how to easily achieve improved guitar tones out of the gear you already own. Dan will also show how to utilize the latest Roland and BOSS technologies to take your guitar tone to new places and create a totally unique voice that is distinctly yours. Dan frequent numerous Blues Festivals across North America and can be heard on his latest CD release, “Stand Back… I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets”.

Life Through Rhythm

Chris Lesso (20 Minutes)
Chris Lesso began studying drumming and piano at the age of 7 and has studied with many world-renowned artists such as Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Jim Blackley, and in India with Swapan Chaudhuri. Chris’s unique blend of hard rock, jazz, and world flavored rhythms can be heard with his band modus factor, and has also recorded and toured internationally with many acts including Cavalia Odysseo and Wild T And The Spirit. The LTR event inspires not only musicians, but anyone looking to learn real life tools that connect the passion of music to living a life of our dreams, achieving our success, and living our fullest potential every day.

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Kidz Zone

It’s science! Hunger + bored kids while mom and dad shop = “what were we thinking”. We’re making sure bellies and minds are fully-satisfied and there's lots of family fun.

• Fire Truck! (while not on call)
• Super Hero Appearances
• Face Painting
• Drum & Uke Jams
• Karaoke
• Magic Shows

Kidz Zone Schedule

Time Activity Face Painting
9:30AM - 10:00AM Magic Show Face Painting
10:00AM - 10:30AM Karaoke Face Painting
10:30AM - 11:00AM Take Pictures with Snow White & Iron Man Face Painting
11:00AM - 11:30AM Magic Show Face Painting
11:30AM - NOON Trivia Time with Snow White & Iron Man BREAK
NOON - 12:30PM Hand Drumming Circle Face Painting
12:30PM - 1:00PM D'addario Ukulele Circle Face Painting
1:00PM - 1:30PM Karaoke Face Painting
1:30PM - 2:00PM Trivia Time with Elsa & Iron Man Face Painting
2:00PM - 2:30PM Hand Drumming BREAK
2:30PM - 3:00PM D'addario Ukulele Circle Face Painting
3:00PM - 3:30PM Karaoke Face Painting
3:30PM - 4:00PM Olaf & Jeff Jamming Session Face Painting
4:00PM - 4:30PM BREAK BREAK
4:30PM - 5:00PM Trivia Time with Elsa & Iron Man Face Painting
5:00PM - 5:30PM Karaoke with Elsa & Teresa Face Painting
5:30PM - 6:00PM Take Pictures with Elsa & Iron Man Face Painting
6:00PM - 6:30PM Trivia Time with Elsa & Iron Man Face Painting
Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Food Trucks

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Food Truck Alley and Food Court sponsored by our friends at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Amanda’s Offbeat Treats

Amanda's Offbeat Treats - Lots of baked goodies!
offbeattreats.ca

Mister Softee Ice Cream

Mister Softee Ice Cream

Gourmet Gringos

Gourmet Gringos - Mexican Gourmet (Tacos, Burritos, Meat & Vegatarian)
gourmetgringos.com

Wickedly Sinful

Wickedly Sinful - Pork Sandwiches, Poutine and Jumbo Hot Dogs
wickedlysinful.com

Burgatory

Burgatory - Burger & Fries
burgatoryfoodtruck.com

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO - Beer Garden

We have beer! Relax and enjoy a cold one in our 3000 sq ft Beer Garden run by our friends at King Henry's Arms of Richmond Hill. The beer line up is Canadian, Coors Light, Lake of Bays' Rock Cut Lager, Side Launch's Wheat Beer, Snowman Brewery's Top Hat (a local Richmond Hill brewery) and Palm Bay Coolers.

Event Partners

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO Event Partners


*Additional Details

Door Crasher Deals & Sale Prices for items sold during event (June 6, 2015 - 9AM to 7PM) are for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale. All Door Crasher deals are for in-store and EXPO Tent purchase only.

Free Money Vouchers will be available for a limited time and while quantities last; Vouchers will be given on a first-come first-serve basis between 8AM and 9AM on June 6, 2015 to only the first 300 people in line at the front entrance of Cosmo Music. All vouchers contain a minimum of $25, 10 random vouchers will contain $300; the maximum sum of all potential vouchers issued is $10,250. One per household and/or family. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to cashier. Limit of one Voucher per purchase.

Scratch N' Save Cards are not applicable to Door Crasher products featured on the flyer and to products on sale as they are at their lowest prices, unless otherwise noted. Void unless scratched by a cashier in the Cosmo Music Store Atrium. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Discount will be applied to the subtotal (before tax). Scratch Card valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to cashier. Limit of one Scratch Card per purchase.

The Free Money Vouchers and Scratch N' Save Cards promotions are:
• available for a limited time and while quantities last
• not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part
• valid only during the event (June 6, 2015 - 9AM to 7PM ) for in-store and EXPO Tent purchases
• cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers
• excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons, consignment items, price matches, shipping charges and gift cards

Bonus Bucks
For each single item from participating brands that you purchase:
Save $25 on an item priced between $250 to $499.99
Save $50 on an item priced between $500 to $999.99
Save $100 on an item priced at $1,000 and up

Over 25 participating Bonus Bucks brands will posted in-store during the event.

A single Bonus Bucks savings is applied to a single qualifying item only:
• each discount will be applied to each qualifying item (before tax) after purchase has been entered into the computer
• cannot combine multiple Bonus Bucks offers against one product
• cannot combine more than one product to reach a savings pricing tier

• not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part
• valid only during the event (June 6, 2015 - 9AM to 7:00PM) for in-store and EXPO Tent purchases
• valid only for in-stock and special order items, unless otherwise noted
• not applicable to Door Crashers & Sale Items as they are at their lowest prices, unless otherwise noted
• can be combined with Scratch N' Save Cards and Free Money Vouchers
• cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers
• excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons, consignment items, price matches, shipping charges and gift cards

The Event or Special Sale Pricing policy remains in effect.

The Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect; applies to 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 N' Save discounts do not qualify for best price guarantee.

In the event of a printing error, or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend these offers without notice.

Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at cosmomusic.ca//promo-exclusions.

Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times.

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<![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!

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<![CDATA[Learn FL Studio from a Pro! This Sat March 28 at 1PM (FREE Event)]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:34:38 +0000 Avicii, Boi-1da, DeadMau5, Afrojack, and countless other hit artists use FL Studio to make number one hit tracks. Join clinician Dan D as he takes you through the world's favourite DAW - FL Studio.

He'll show you how to build a simple pattern, how to arrange it in song mode, how to mix it with the mixer and effect and how to export your final creation as an MP3. This clinic will also include demonstrations of some of Image Line impressive list of Virtual Instruments like Harmor, Sytrus, Toxic Biohazard, Sawer and others. If you are an FL Studio user you should not miss this event. If you are new to music creation, this is the perfect event to get you started!

FL Studio Clinic

Click here to RSVP! Admission is FREE!

Date: Sat March 28, 2015
Time: 1 PM
Where: Keyboards & Recording Dept. (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca.

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music visits the Gibson Custom Shop]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:04 +0000 We've been lucky to enjoy a great relationship with our premium vendors. Over the years, we've visited Taylor, Martin, Suhr, and Fender's Custom Shop factories to have a part in the creation of some truly artisan instruments. Earlier this year, we got to visit the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee to work with their talented builders and select some truly authentic pieces for our customers.

We were lucky enough to select from a short list of 'just completed' guitars.  This beautiful Les Paul Custom in natural quilt is headed to Cosmo!

You can truly see that the beauty of a Gibson Custom Les Paul comes straight from the wood choice. This is a premium instrument to it's core.

The Prototypes for some vintage 1958 Les Pauls.

Notice how the back of this Les Paul is one solid piece of flamed maple. Absolutely beautiful.

Jimmy Page would be excited about this. A double neck Gibson SG in Pelham Blue is in the making.

Joe Perry Custom model featuring an absolutely stunning transparent top.

The binding of the guitar mixes in old school crafting techniques with modern technology. Gibson knows their roots, this is the same craftsmanship that went into building those iconic guitars from the '50s.

Stay tuned to Cosmo Music for more updates on everything Gibson.

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