<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:02:38 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Sabian's back with more BIG AND UGLY cymbals]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:37:51 +0000

Sabian's new collection of cymbals and hi hats are big, dark, loose, dynamic, and yes, they're UGLY.

And that's why we love them.

In response to drummers worldwide who asked for more choice from the Big & Ugly collection, Sabian has just introduced new crash-friendly sizes and hi-hats. Initially launched as big, dark, loose and dynamic cymbals – Big & Ugly was all about sonic versatility, tonal complexity and huge fun. Now Big & Ugly offers even more versatility, more sounds and way more fun!

Case in point: 18” AA Sick Hats. Thin – and very dry overall – these are very controllable Hats. The 28 holes allow them to breathe in ways other Hats simply cannot – with virtually no airlock, you hear everything. Prefer more body, less air in your face, and the ability to play patterns without holes getting in your way? Simply flip ‘em over hole-side down!

More Big & Ugly also includes 14” and 16” AA Apollo hats, and smartly priced 14” XSR Monarch Hats – great news for drummers who have already incorporated Big & Ugly models into their set-up and want to add the articulation, control and super fat sound the new hats deliver. Big & Ugly crash-friendly sizes include 18” and 20” AA Apollo and 18” and 20” XSR Monarch.

The following has been added to the collection and are in stock NOW:

Sabian AA Apollo Hi-Hat Cymbals - 14"



Sabian AA Apollo Ride Cymbal - 18"


Sabian XSR Monarch Cymbal - 18"


Sabian XSR Monarch Cymbal - 20"


Sabian XSR Monarch Hi-Hat Cymbals - 14"



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<![CDATA[Rockstars In Cars (visiting Cosmo Music) with JOHN PETRUCCI - Watch the web series here]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:53:49 +0000 A few months ago, we picked up Dream Theater guitar god John Petrucci from his hotel downtown and drove him up to Cosmo Music. We geeked out on The Astonishing, Disney, Game Of Thrones, guitars, and much more.

Watch Rockstars In Cars (visiting Cosmo Music) with John Petrucci. STAY TUNED for more NEW videos every Monday and Friday!

Episode 4:

John Petrucci thinks being called 'God' is hysterical

Episode 3:

John Petrucci compares 'The Astonishing' to Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Godfather

Episode 2:

John Petrucci compares the Tesla Model S to the NOMACs from 'The Astonishing'

Episode 1:

John Petrucci feels the groove of Disney's 'Let It Go'

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<![CDATA[New Horizons Band of York Region Coming to Cosmo Music]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:46:00 +0000 Come find out what the BUZZ is all about...

New Horizons Band of York Region

Join us for the New Horizons Band of York Region PETTING ZOO Event

Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 - 8:30PM at Cosmo Music in the Band Dept.

Band and Orchestra Dept

Come find out what we're all about at our PETTING ZOO happening at Cosmo Music where you'll have a chance to try a variety of band instruments, ask Cosmo Music Band Specialists questions about the instruments, and chat with the New Horizons Band of York Region Director Doug Robertson to find out what the band is all about.

Click the button below to get your FREE RSVP TICKET now. See you there!


About New Horizons Band of York Region

No musical background needed. Learn and play a band instrument with adults JUST LIKE YOU!

New Horizons Band of York Region

An exciting new group coming to Cosmo Music this fall... introducing the NEW HORIZONS BAND OF YORK REGION.

If you're an adult, have never ever played a musical instrument, but always dreamed or learning how...


You played an instrument many years ago, before career, kids and life got in your way and now you need a refresher course!

With a class of friendly adults JUST LIKE YOU! We will start at the VERY BEGINNING and show you...

- How to open the instrument case
- How to put the instrument together
- Where to put your fingers and how to hold on
- How to breathe in
- How to blow out the air into the instrument
- How to make your first sound

...and quickly, you will be playing one note - then many notes - a whole line, then pages of notes in rhythm, tapping your foot!

New Horizons Band of York Region (NBHYR)

Every Thursday at 1 - 3PM OR 6:45 - 8:45PM (First day of class is Oct 13th)
Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music, 2nd Floor)

Membership Rates:
Full Year (October - June) - $300 | Half Year - $170

Note: Memberships are available for purchase in-store only. Rates do not include HST. 

For more information about the band, please contact:

Doug Robertson, NHBYR Director

Click the image below to watch the recently aired TVO documentary, "The Beat Goes On" (48:59) that features Doug Robertson discussing his experience with a Toronto Chapter of the New Horizons Band.

The Beat Goes On 

About Doug Robertson

Doug Robertson

For almost 40 years, Doug has been very passionate about sharing his love and understanding of music with students, from absolute beginners to professional recording artists. Since his graduation from the University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in the late 1970’s, Doug has been busy teaching concert bands with the Scarborough, North York, Peel and finally recently retiring from the York Region District School Board. His enthusiasm is addictive and always motivates his students to try their best. Outside of the classroom, Doug has composed over 500 radio jingles, conducted numerous community musicals and still finds time to volunteer with the Canadian Ski Patrol, make pottery, and study french.

Doug's life changed four years ago, when he began teaching the beginner class of the New Horizons Band of Toronto. It was such a wonderful experience working with these absolute beginner - “Senior” adults, that he decided he must create the New Horizons Band of York Region. He hopes you'll join the band and perhaps it will change your life too.

<![CDATA[The Casio GP series brings Bechstein keys to the hybrid digital piano]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:22:52 +0000 We sat down with Richard Formidoni from Casio America, who brought us a closer look at the flagship GP-500 Celviano Grand Hybrid.

John Ebata takes a look at the Casio GP-300 and GP-500 series, bringing the quality engineering of Bechstein keys in a hybrid piano.

Order the Casio GP-300 here and the GP-500 here.

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<![CDATA[Watch Highlights from Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO 2016 here!]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:19:11 +0000 CosmoFEST was the ultimate summer bash for musicians and fans alike.

-Unbelievable Main Stage Performances from Big Wreck, Yukon Blonde, Brass Transit, Mark Wood, and Serenade Duo
-Artist Clinics, Performances & Meet n' Greets with Tosin Abasi, Matt Garstka, Omar Hakim, and Andy Wood
-Nearly $50,000 in Grand Prizes & Giveaways
-$2500 RSVP Grand Prize Giveaway
-Over 120 Leading Brands and over 200 of their experts under a massive 12,000 sq ft EXPO Tent.

Watch the highlights below.

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<![CDATA[TIME TO GEAR UP - All September Long!]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:08 +0000 All Month Long - September 1 - 30, 2016

The lazy days of summer are over and it’s TIME TO GEAR UP for another productive year of learning and exploring music.

Time to Gear Up

GET THE GEAR YOU WANT NOW & PAY LATER! When you spend $500 or more...

NO Interest and NO Payments for 12 Months OAC with Desjardins Accord D payment options!*

This offer is available in-store only. see a Cosmo Music Specialist for more details.

School of Music

 • Visit the Cosmo School of Music for information on PRIVATE and GROUP LESSONS for all ages and instruments


 • Refresh your current instrument for the coming season in our REPAIR SHOP!

Guitar Dept

Drum and Percussion Dept

Band and Orchestra Dept

• Check out our wide variety of musical instruments for SALE or RENT!


FREE SHIPPING for purchases over $99 when you shop at cosmomusic.ca!

*Offer valid only from September 1st through to September 30th, 2016 in-store only. Offer only applies on in-stock and new purchases totalling $500 or more. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice. Subject to approval by La Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec. See in-store for full details.

<![CDATA[Jimmy's 'Classic' Album Review: The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds: Mono vs Stereo]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:42:05 +0000

The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

A Review By Jimmy Ruddock

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album 'Pet Sounds'. The album is a genuine masterpiece, universally considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time. It features some of the greatest moments in the history of pop music, including the thrilling opener 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', and my personal all-time favourite song, the absolutely beautiful 'God Only Knows'.

Since forming in late 1961, The Beach Boys enjoyed enormous success with their surf rock sound, including such classic singles as 'I Get Around', 'Surfin' USA', and 'California Girls', to name a few. However, by 1965, Brian Wilson, the band's leader and songwriter, was not content to simply continue with this sound, but instead wanted to make an album that reflected his increasingly growing talent as a composer, arranger, and producer. Inspired by The Beatles' album 'Rubber Soul', which he described as "the first album I listened to where every song was a gas", Wilson sought to surpass that album by creating a sophisticated work that elevated traditional rock music to the level of art music.

Featuring The Beach Boys' elaborate vocal harmonies, Wilson's symphonic arrangements, the use of non-traditional instruments (bicycle bells, barking dogs, and a theremin), and musical elements as diverse as jazz, classical, exotica, and avant garde, 'Pet Sounds' was a major achievement. The lyrical tone of the album reflected Wilson's growing isolation from the world, with the subject matter dealing with the vagaries of love and the pain of heartbreak, and the crippling feeling of anxiety and self doubt. Music jounalist Stephen Davis described it as: "This trenchant cycle of love songs has the emotional impact of a shatteringly evocative novel...nobody was prepared for anything so soulful, so lovely, something one had to think about so much." Perhaps Davis was correct in saying nobody was quite prepared for 'Pet Sounds', as initially the commercial and critical reception was quite poor, with many people, including some of Wilson's own band mates (cough...Mike Love...cough), just not understanding the music.

Despite the poor sales and lukewarm critical reception, the album was still incredibly influential, particularly for many of The Beach Boys' contemporaries. It signaled a turning point in rock music, inspiring others to take chances and experiment with their music. Whereas previously rock music was simply considered to be music to dance to, it could now be taken seriously as music that was to be contemplated, and listened to. Paul McCartney cited 'Pet Sounds' as one of his favourite albums, and the primary inspiration for The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', and Bob Dylan declared that Brian Wilson's left ear should be donated to the Smithsonian, which appropriately brings us to the next part of this review.

Mono vs Stereo

Mono: a system of sound recording and reproduction using only a single channel.

Stereo: a system of sound recording or reproduction using two or more separate channels to produce a more realistic effect by capturing the spatial dimensions of a performance.

Despite the fact that the first mass produced stereo LPs began in 1958, many artists including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, and The Beach Boys chose to record and release their early albums in mono. In the case of The Beach Boys, in particular, perhaps a big part of their decision to record in mono was because of Brian Wilson's partial deafness in one ear. Another significant reason was Wilson's adoration of famed producer Phil Spector's 'Wall Of Sound' mono recording approach. Since Wilson had total control of every aspect of 'Pet Sounds', a stereo mix of the album was not created, and it was only released in mono. It wasn't until several years later (1997), that the first true stereo mix of the album was released. Since the release of that stereo mix the debate between mono and stereo has raged on, with many mono purists comparing the stereo mix of 'Pet Sounds' to the blasphemy of colourizing a classic black and white movie.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of 'Pet Sounds', both Mono and Stereo versions of the LP have been released on 180 gram vinyl. I'll highlight some of the features/benefits of both below.


- True to Brian Wilson's original artistic vision.

- The sound is warm and compact, giving it a full, punchy sound, particularly during some of the isolated drum/percussion moments.

- It replicates Wilson's own version of Spector's 'Wall Of Sound' production, particularly in recreating the sound of a bunch of musicians all jammed into a tight space playing together. A clean, detailed sound was not what Wilson was going for, it was supposed to be one huge sound.

Order Pet Sounds (Mono) 50th Anniversary 180 Gram Vinyl


- Sounds come alive, and the differentiation of instruments is much more clear, parts that had been seemingly hidden in the mono version will all of a sudden be clear and spacious.

- While it may lack some of the power and fullness of the mono mix, it more than makes up for it in depth, and introduces a different perspective of the album.

- Some may say the stereo mix is revisionist, however, it is important to note that Brian Wilson approved, and supervised the stereo mix from the original tapes.

Order Pet Sounds (Stereo) 50th Anniversary 180 Gram Vinyl


I don't mean to sound diplomatic, but in the debate of 'Pet Sounds' Mono vs Stereo, one does not supersede the other, they are simply both amazing for different reasons. In keeping with the prior movie analogy, it's not so much like colourizing a black and white film, but more so like having a 2D and 3D version of the same movie. They are equally good, yet different versions, and different experiences, except...you know...probably your eyes won't start to hurt when listening to the stereo version.

Analogue Productions 200 Gram Vinyl (Mono and Stereo):

To the die hard 'Pet Sounds' fans out there, there is a third 50th Anniversary Edition of the album available for special order. It's a 200 gram pressing (in either Mono or Stereo) produced by Analogue Productions. Analogue Productions is a company that specializes in audiophile reproductions of classic albums. Their LP reissues feature thicker grade vinyl (180 gram or better), and their audio mastering is done using only the original analogue master tapes.

Order Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Analogue Productions 200 Gram Vinyl

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<![CDATA[Watch LIVE performances from Yukon Blonde, Big Wreck, and more on the MAINSTAGE at CosmoFEST 2016]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:55:37 +0000 The Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO was absolutely lit this year, with performances from Big Wreck, Yukon Blonde, Brass Transit, Mark Wood, and Serenade Duo. Watch the performances below:

Big Wreck - That Song

Yukon Blonde - Saturday Night

Yukon Blonde - I Wanna Be Your Man

Yukon Blonde - Como/Wind Blows

Brass Transit - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Brass Transit - Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away

Mark Wood feat. The Markville Orchestra - Any Way You Want It/Don't Stop Believin'

Serenade Duo

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<![CDATA[You're Invited to a Special Screening of the CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration' at Cosmo Music]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:02:31 +0000 SOLD OUT - Thank you for your interest in this event.

Check out any of these other local screenings of this historic event:

Cosmo Music invites you to a special screening of the CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'

On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Hip will put a cap on the Man Machine Poem tour with a hometown show at Kingston's Rogers K-Rock Centre, and CBC will be there to broadcast it to all of Canada, commercial-free, across our television, radio and digital platforms.

The video broadcast will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, you can tune in to the CBC Radio pre-show, where host Rich Terfry will be playing your favourite Hip songs based on the results of this poll.

Join the conversation during the show using #CBCTheHip on Twitter or leave your comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/cbcmusic.

CBC Hip Screening

Special Screening: CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'

Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Time: 8:30PM (Doors open at 7:30PM)
Location: Cosmo Music (inside the Cosmopolitan Music Hall), 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 0B6


Please PRINT your RSVP tickets or PRESENT electronic copies upon entry

Only RSVP ticket holders will be permitted entry inside the music hall



Donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research in association with the Sunnybrook Foundation will be accepted at the door

<![CDATA[Free Piano Teacher Workshop: My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:19:31 +0000 In Conjunction with Faber Piano Adventures and Hal Leonard

Workshop | Giveaways | And FUN!

Join us in welcoming Jon Ophoff from Faber Piano Adventures for this informative workshop before the Fall rush!

Explore the world of a 5 to 6 year-old, where fun motivates play and play is the child’s magic formula for learning. Through songs, games, and engaging pedagogy, the My First Piano Adventure® course shapes the small hand for good piano technique, builds rhythm skill and develops especially strong music readers.

Plus, energize your Fall teaching with these exciting new releases: Scale and Chord Book 2, Piano Adventures Player app and Adult Piano Adventures — now with Classics and Popular books and new online video support!

My First Piano Adventure Piano Teacher Workshop

My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff (Piano Teacher Workshop)

Date: Tues August 23rd, 2016
Time: 9:30AM - 12PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!
Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano

Door prizes & a Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano will be given away!

Value: $629.99 - COURTESY OF SF Marketing

PLUS receive discounts on all Hal Leonard publications including Faber Piano Adventures and all pop, broadway and movie collections for piano

RSVP Details (space is limited)
Cristina D'Alessandro
Dept. Head, Print Music
905-770-5222 x310

About Jon Ophoff

Jon Ophoff is Production Manager of Faber Piano Adventures, working with Nancy and Randall Faber on all aspects of book production and multimedia support. As a workshop clinician, he educates teachers in effective use of the publications in studios across the United States and Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music where he studied Film Music Composition, and was a winner of BMI’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship. He has produced custom music for media, with brands including Best Buy, Levi’s, and Dockers. At the Faber Piano Institute, Jon enjoys teaching students of all ages. He encourages creativity through composition and improvisation, incorporating music technology alongside traditional tools.

And there's more...

Richard Formidoni

Casio Celviano Grand HybridRichard Formidoni from Casio USA will be on hand to chat with teachers during workshop breaks about Casio's Celviano pianos that will be used throughout the session. There will be an opportunity for teachers to touch and try all of the models listed below:

Casio GP-500BP CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-500

Casio GP-400BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-400

Casio GP-300BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-300

An EXCLUSIVE special event savings package will be available on the above models for attendees.

About Casio CELVIANO Hybrid Grand Pianos

The Perfect Combination of Innovation and tradition

From the moment your hands touch the keys, the Grand Hybrid delivers the authenticity your performance demands. The revolutionary new Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard is made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. A keypress sends a hammer along the same vertical path as a grand piano, with the same essential weighting and pivot points, resulting in a true and uncompromising piano touch.

Casio’s new AiR Grand Sound Source provides not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos. Dubbed the Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna Grands, each one is the result of countless hours of precise analysis and study of their unique characteristics. They are faithful and expressive recreations of these distinctive pianos. with the Berlin Grand sound having been developed in collaboration with C. Bechstein. String/damper resonance, mechanical sounds, and other subtle nuances complete the experience of owning three of the finest pianos on Earth.

Our hearing goes beyond simply left and right, and we can detect the origin of sound in all directions. Using an exclusive six-speaker amplification system, the new Grand Acoustic System reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand. The top speakers present sounds normally heard rising upwards, and the downward-facing speakers present sounds heard from below the soundboard. This simulation fills the room with rich, complex sound, reaching both the performer and the audience.