<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:17:05 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[The Martin Guitars Legacy - An Evening with C.F. Martin & Co. CEO Chris Martin and Special Guest Craig Thatcher ]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:54:43 +0000

“Since 1833 musicians have connected with audiences everywhere the world over, showcasing their talent and virtuosity over all genres. Martin's significance and cultural impact over 175 years is simply immeasurable.”
-Chris Martin

Cosmo Music is proud to welcome C.F. Martin & Co. Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for a rare and special evening of talk, demos and entertainment celebrating one of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers.

The evening's festivities include:

The Ballad of the Dreadnought Documentary

• Special Screening of "THE BALLAD OF THE DREADNOUGHT" - Narrated by actor and Martin player Jeff Daniels, "THE BALLAD OF THE DREADNOUGHT" traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world.

• History and Philosophy of Martin Guitars with Chairman and CEO, Chris Martin

• Martin Guitar Demos and Performance with Martin Clinician, Craig Thatcher

Help us give Chris and Craig a warm Cosmo welcome on Wednesday, November 9th at 7PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for an unforgettable night!

The Martin Guitars Legacy - An Evening with C.F. Martin & Co. CEO CHRIS MARTIN and Special Guest CRAIG THATCHER


Wednesday Nov 9th at 7PM


Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 0B6

Get your FREE RSVP Tickets here!


Chris Martin

C. F. Martin IV, known as “Chris,” is the Chairman and CEO of the world-renowned C. F. Martin & Co. and the sixth generation of Martin family members to run the business. Martin acoustic guitars are prized worldwide for their exceptional tone, design, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The iconic company’s contributions in music history are unparalleled and Chris Martin is a key figure in its long and illustrious history. Under Chris Martin’s direction, the 182-year-old company has maintained its integrity and industry wide respect, while growing and prospering to unprecedented manufacturing and sales levels.

Born and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Chris’s familiarity with the family business was limited to occasional visits to his grandfather, Christian Frederick Martin III, and to summer jobs working at the factory. While in Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA, Chris apprenticed at Westwood Music, building a classical guitar and familiarizing himself with the retail end of the business. After just a year, he moved back to Nazareth to work in the guitar factory, where he learned more about the design and construction of the Martin guitar and became familiar with many of the different operations. He eventually became more involved in the company, first as Assistant to the President, then as Vice President of Marketing. When C. F. Martin III passed away in 1986 at the age of 93, Chris Martin became the company’s 30-year-old Chairman.

After taking over a family business that had been in existence for over 150 years, Chris implemented new strategies to invigorate the brand, refocusing the company on its primary strengths: steel-stringed acoustic guitars and strings. Chris’s decade-long efforts to turn the company around has helped them achieve impressive business milestones and reestablished the company’s reputation worldwide for building the highest quality guitars. Martin has also maintained its long history of collaborative relationships with artists and brand ambassadors, always a key component to its success, and has continued to attract artists from all over the world and musical landscape. The current Americana and singer/songwriter explosion has also generated renewed interest in acoustic guitars and widened Martin’s fan base immensely. Over the past two years, Martin Guitar has also experienced the acoustic guitar boom virtually, with a rapidly growing online community of musicians and players engaging with the brand.

“The current acoustic guitar boom – and for that matter, ukulele boom – these are exciting moments I have had the joy of experiencing several times throughout my career with Martin,” says Chris Martin. “This is the third time in my history with the company that the acoustic guitar has been the go-to instrument for the pop world. We are well positioned and ready to take the lead on being the guitar of choice for singer/songwriters looking for the best instruments to help express their creativity.”

Chris Martin’s commitment and dedication extends beyond the factory floor. He is recognized as one of the leading philanthropists in the Lehigh Valley, working to serve the local community on various levels.

Martin Guitar also works diligently to support key issues that affect the broader guitar industry and make the company stand out as a leader, including environmental sustainability.

Chris is very enthusiastic about the company’s future, especially when it comes to his family’s legacy. Chris’s ten-year-old daughter, Claire Frances Martin (“C. F. Martin!”) is the seventh generation of the Martin family in America and of course, there are high hopes that one day she will wish to be involved in managing the company that bears her name.


Craig Thatcher

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Craig Thatcher has been entertaining audiences with his exciting brand of blues/rock music for over 35 years. He’s been a featured performer at Bethlehem’s Musikfest for many years and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and most recently in the Far East, performing mainly in theatres and outdoor festivals. Craig has led his own band since 1993 and is also the guitarist for Simone, daughter of jazz legend Nina Simone. Craig has released five CDs under his own name.

While best known for his blistering electric blues style, Craig also has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding acoustic guitarist, having won many regional awards in that category. He is the Martin Guitar Company’s "on-call" artist, performing at Company functions throughout the year. Craig has opened for many international touring artists including Derek Trucks, John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower, Kim Simmonds, Chris Smither, Jonny Lang, Jorma Kaukonen and others.

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<![CDATA[Pearl Jam Delights Collectors With Vinyl Reissues of 'No Code' and 'Yield']]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:50:27 +0000

A Vinyl Review by Jimmy Ruddock

There are many bands who have devoted fan bases. Those fans who eagerly await each new album, purchase concert tickets every time their band comes to town, and proudly wear the t-shirt with the tour dates on the back of that aforementioned concert. Then there are those few bands who transcend all of that: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Pearl Jam, amongst a few select others. For fans of these bands simply owning the albums and the t-shirt is not enough. These are the kind of fans who spend far too much time seeking out live bootlegs, unreleased recordings, rare 7 inch singles, and out of print albums, as well as other rare collectibles. The only way I know this is because I must admit to being one of these rabid collector fans, spending many hours searching through dusty old bins of records in the hopes of finding a hidden gem. If anyone is curious, I've been collecting records since I became a massive Beatle fan at the age of 8, and have yet to find my 'holy grail record'. It is this infamous Beatles record, so if anyone has any tips on where to get one, please let me know!

Seattle band Pearl Jam has been one of the most successful rock bands of the last 25 years, releasing some of the most seminal albums of the 90's, as well as being renowned for their legendary live shows. Selling over 60 million albums worldwide, they have outlasted many of their their 90's grunge/alternative contemporaries, while continuing to influence many current bands, and maintaining their rabid fan base through new album releases and tours.
So, upon the announcement of the 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of Pearl Jam's 1996 album 'No Code', as well as their 1998 album 'Yield', collectors worldwide rejoiced! Both of these albums have been out of print on vinyl since their original release, and have sold for hundreds of dollars in the ensuing years, with 'No Code' selling for as high as $600-700 (mainly due to the fact that in 1996 vinyl pressings were relatively small due to the lack of demand in the CD dominated market)! Thankfully now Pearl Jam fans can fill in the gaps of their vinyl collection without having to break the bank.

Pearl Jam: No Code

After the release of three incredibly successful albums ('Ten', 'Vs', and 'Vitalogy'), many Pearl Jams fans were confused by the eclectic and experimental nature of 'No Code', which showed a break from the band's earlier polished stadium rock sound, favouring rootsy ballads, with lyrical themes touching on spirituality and self examination . During this time in the band's career, many felt that they were deliberately making decisions to sabotage their success, which included a much publicized boycott of Ticketmaster, as well as refusal to do any press or release music videos to promote the upcoming album. The first single from the album 'Who You Are' is perhaps the least Pearl Jam sounding song the band has ever recorded, a tactic front man Eddie Vedder later admitted to as being a conscious decision to keep the size of the band's audience down. In many ways Vedder was successful in this respect, as for many years it was the band's least successful album both commercially and critically, despite the fact that the album still topped the charts. However, more recently the album has undergone a reappraisal of sorts, with many now crediting its uncompromising nature as being a big part of the band's longevity.

About The Vinyl:

Legendary Grammy-winning mastering engineer Robert Ludwig (whose mastering credits include Led Zeppelin, Queen, Nirvana, Daft Punk, as well as over 3000 other credits) remastered 'No Code' specifically for this 150-gram vinyl reissue, and the package will include recreations of the original artwork with nine random replica Polaroid/lyric cards.

Order 'No Code' Here

Pearl Jam: Yield

Following the introspective, experimental nature of 'No Code', 1998's 'Yield' signaled a return to Pearl Jam's more accessible mainstream rock sound. The promotion of the album included the iconic Todd Mcfarlane directed music video for single 'Do The Evolution', as well as a full worldwide tour after relenting to Ticketmaster's policies, in an attempt to make concerts more accommodating to their fans. Creatively, the album was the band's most collaborative effort, with all band members contributing to the songwriting, allowing Vedder to concentrate on his lyrics, which Pitchfork Media declared as being "the most lyrically powerful album Pearl Jam have ever produced". Featuring the singles 'Given To Fly', 'Wishlist', and 'Do The Evolution', 'Yield' became the band's fifth straight platinum album.

About The Vinyl:

'Yield' has been reissued on 150-gram vinyl for the first time since the album's original release. Like 'No Code', the album was specifically mastered for vinyl by Robert Ludwig, and the artwork features recreations of the original packaging.

Order 'Yield' Here

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<![CDATA[FREE EVENT: Hammond's All-New XK-5 Presentation with Scott May]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:39:23 +0000 Join Scott May from Hammond USA for a SPECIAL PRESENTATION at Cosmo Music on Friday, October 14th at 11AM in the Keyboard Dept. of the ALL-NEW HAMMOND XK-5, the evolution of the famous organ sound since 1934.

The HAMMOND B-3™ organ and its siblings such as the C-3™ and A-100™ have been the single most influential keyboard instruments in musical history, perhaps apart from the acoustic piano. When paired with the spinning Leslie® speaker, the HAMMOND’s sonic versatility defined the electrified keyboard sound of genres from rock to soul to Gospel to jazz. This sound is as sought after today as ever.

With the XK-5 and Heritage Series, HAMMOND is proud to announce that we’ve closed the final millimeters of the realism gap—in terms of both sound and feel—in a form factor that’s far more portable and affordable than a vintage Hammond organ. We are very proud of this instrument for providing an absolutely authentic playing experience that will meet the demands of even the most seasoned B-3 purist. We feel it has no peer among today’s keyboard offerings, and as such it is…The NEW ORIGINAL

Hammond's All-New XK-5 Presentation with Scott May

Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016
Time: 11AM
Where: Keyboard Dept. inside Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill


Scott May

Scott May (b.1954) is a Musician/Producer best known as the Organist of Chicago’s Ides Of March since 1990. Also known as the leader of his “One-Armed Orchestra”-named after a role created during his tenure with Kevin Matthews on WLUP-FM, which continues with radio personalities Eric and Kathy of WTMX-FM in Chicago. Audiences outside of the Windy City may remember Scott as the sidekick for Morton Downey Jr. on TV and Radio, or as the “House Band” for Caroline’s Comedy Hour on the A&E Network. Comedy aficionados remember him as the musical director for Judy Tenuta between 1983 and 1995, accompanying her on TV, on tour, and recordings; particularly her release In Goddess We Trust”, produced, arranged, and co-written by Scott. which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Scott has also performed the same duties for top comedians Bill Hicks, Emo Phillips, Mike Toomey, Tim Cavanagh, Richard Jeni and Ron Shock.

From 1990 to 1996 Scott was the “House Band” for one of the most legendary and outrageous comedy clubs in America-Chicago’s Funny Firm, where he worked with practically every top comic in the business. Scott has scored a number of movies, most notably the original “Meet The Parents”, the remake of which is one of the most successful films of all time. Scott has also worked in the jingle trade as a writer and performer.

Since 2005 Scott has focused on independent record production, with a long list of happy clients. Along with his music career, Scott is a published author and writer. His children’s books and recordings have won awards, and he is often retained as a “punch-up” consultant for books, scripts and industrial presentations. He has co-written books on topics that range from Financial Planning to improving focus in education. In recent years Scott has moved into video direction, with a growing number of industrial clients.

In 2014 Scott released his first “Solo” album “Outside The Inside”. Since 2008, Scott has held the position of Project Manager/Artist Liaison with The Hammond Organ Co. in Addison, Illinois, after a long period of being a trusted but unofficial advisor. Scott is married with 3 children and lives in the far Western Suburbs of Chicago.

<![CDATA[Yamaha Instant Savings & Freebies Event]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:01:51 +0000 Starting October 1st to November 30th, 2016 - Save up to $900 on select products
PLUS get FREE products and merchandise on selected items.*

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And now for the freebies!

FREE PCY90AT from Yamaha Canada with any DTX502 Series Kit purchase
Eligible Kits:

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FREE Bag from Yamaha Canada with any synthesizer or stage piano purchase

Eligible products:

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Additional Details:

Valid on eligible new in-stock instruments at purchased at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada. Submission deadline: 12/15/16. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All Promotions are while supplies last. Bonus Pack contents may vary. Only Valid in Canada. Yamaha Canada Music reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Shipping to physical mailing addresses only; we cannot ship to PO boxes.


<![CDATA[Eastman Guitars Gives Back - Get a FREE Cosmo Music gift card when you buy an Eastman guitar or mandolin]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:15:02 +0000

There hasn't been a better time to snag that Eastman guitar or mandolin that has caught your eye.

This month and for a limited time, buy any new in-stock Eastman acoustic & electric guitar or mandolin and receive a Cosmo Music gift card worth up to $200!*

For Eastman guitar purchases between $500 - $1,000 before taxes, receive a $100 Cosmo Music gift card.

For Eastman guitar purchases $1,000+ before taxes, receive a $200 Cosmo Music gift card.

See Our Inventory of Eastman Guitars Now

Additional Details:
*Promotion valid on eligible, new and in-stock instruments only. Offer valid from Oct 3rd - Oct 15th, 2016 while quantities last. Promotional gift cards cannot be exchanged or transferred for cash. Gift card cannot be used towards purchase of eligible Eastman instrument during the promotional period. It can only be redeemed between Oct 16th - Dec 30th, 2016 and in-store only. This card can only be used at the store (10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON) and cannot be used for online purchases. The value of this card will not be replaced if lost, stolen or used without permission. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to amend or cancel this promotion at any time for any reason without notice.

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<![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[Taylor Guitars' Factory Experts are Coming Back to Cosmo Music This October!]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:07:30 +0000 The experts from Taylor Guitars are making the trip from El Cajon, California to Cosmo Music THIS OCTOBER for 2 fun and FREE events! This is your chance to get expert advice straight from Taylor Factory Experts PLUS there will be some sweet guitar deals, giveaways and more.

Thursday, October 27th at 7PM

Taylor Gutiars Road Show

Taylor Guitars Road Show

Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music, 2nd floor)

Learn how guitar shapes and woods affect tone, get helpful tips on how to find the right guitar PLUS there will be special pricing on custom Taylors. Don't forgot to pay a visit to Canada's only Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room where you will bear witness to more than 100 in-stock Taylor guitars. This is the largest selection of Taylor Guitars in Canada!

Taylor GS Mini

One last thing... one lucky Road Show attendee will be going home with a brand new Taylor GS Mini!* $739.00 retail value


Road Show attendees will have access to SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY PRICING on all new, in-stock Taylor guitars. Available in-store and on Oct 27th, 2016 only.


Saturday, October 29th at 11AM - 6PM

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Tom's Guitar Hangar (Guitar Dept.)

Taylor’s Find Your Fit program is all about finding the Taylor guitar that is right for you. You'll get a personal one-on-one consultation with a Taylor Factory Expert, helping identify your player profile and recommend the body shape and tonewood pairings that best match your playing style. They will answer any questions you have. And if you’re not sure where to begin, they will be more than happy to help you understand the basics.

Consultations are approximately 20 minutes, FREE to book and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a limited number of appointments are available.

Book your Find Your Fit Consultation Now!

Taylor Guitar Strap and Stand Offer

SPECIAL EVENT OFFER - Score a FREE Taylor Guitar Stand & Strap

Buy any new and in-stock Taylor 100 Series guitar or higher at the Road Show (Thurs Oct 27th) or Find Your Fit event (Sat Oct 29th) and get a FREE Taylor Guitars travel stand and guitar strap! Travel stand may vary from photo. Special event offer applicable on Thurs Oct 27th and Sat Oct 29th, 2016 only. While supplies last.

Taylor Guitars Cosmo Music

See the LARGEST SELECTION of Taylor Guitars in Canada

Additional Details:

*Roadshow attendees will have the opportunity to enter a ballot upon entry into the Road show. Maximum of ONE (1) ballot per ticket holder will be accepted at the door upon entry into the Music Hall. ONE (1) winning ballot will be selected at random at the end of the evening for guitar giveaway. Specific GS Mini guitar model for giveaway will be announced at the event. Winner must be present at Roadshow to be eligible for giveaway.

<![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 7:

John Petrucci answers fan questions from our Facebook page (Part 1)

Episode 6:

John Petrucci talks about adapting 'The Astonishing' into a show and video game

Episode 5:

John Petrucci loved the tone of the MESA/Boogie Mark IIC+ on Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets'

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

For more information about the band

Doug Robertson, NHBYR Director


"The Beat Goes On" (48:59) that features Doug Robertson discussing his experience with a Toronto Chapter of the New Horizons Band.


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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