<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 02:19:57 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Instant Rebates on select PRS SE Guitars and Basses]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:15:35 +0000 From Oct 5th - Dec 31st, 2015 (In-store only)

This is your chance to SAVE on that PRS SE axe you've been eyeing forever! And the savings are INSTANT at the till - no need to fill out any forms or dig up receipts!




  • SE Mark Tremonti Standards (TRS models) - $30 INSTANT REBATE
  • Santana Standard & Specials (STCS and SP models respectively) - $30 INSTANT REBATE
  • All Other In-stock PRS SE Models - $50 INSTANT REBATE
PRS SE Instant Rebates


Contact TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR at 905.770.5222 ext. 360

<![CDATA[Fall Instant Rebates & Free Gifts from Yamaha Canada]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:45:57 +0000 Fall is here and Yamaha Canada and Cosmo Music want to lend a hand and help you save this season!

On now until November 30th, 2015

Up to $900 in INSTANT SAVINGS PLUS receive a FREE GIFT on select Yamaha products (In-store only)


Studio Monitors

*Rebate values when purchased individually: HS5 - $25, HS7 - $35, HS8 - $40


Stage Piano/Arranger Workstations

Digital Pianos

  • YDPS52 - $230
  • TDP162R - $260
  • P255 - $220

FREE GIFT with Purchase Rundown...

Yamaha Instant Rebate

Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All promotions are while supplies last. Promotion applies to new purchases only. Promotion may be cancelled at any time.

<![CDATA[Paul Wickham talks about Guitar Lessons at the Cosmo School of Music]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:02:53 +0000 Paul Wickham is a wise guitar player with an old school blues soul. Watch him talk about his methods and style of teaching at the Cosmo School of Music.

Click here to visit Cosmo School of Music page to find out more info and book lessons on a variety of programs.


<![CDATA[Ernie Ball Presents The Bonamassa Experience]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:33:55 +0000 Oct 1st - Nov 31st, 2015

YOU could WIN an unforgettable day with Joe Bonamassa and his vintage guitar collection PLUS a whack of other incredible prizes from Ernie Ball!

One lucky fan will win an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles CA to spend time with Joe Bonamassa and a selection from his vintage collection, a custom Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, a Dunlop JP95 Bonamassa Cry Baby, a Dunlop JBF3B Bonamassa, and an Ernie Ball strings and accessories prize pack.

Buy a pack of select Ernie Ball guitar strings at Cosmo Music, look for your "Bonamassa Experience" 16-digit code on a paper insert inside the packaging and CLICK HERE to enter your code to see if you've won!

CLICK HERE for a full list of prizes

See a full list below of eligible Ernie Ball guitar strings for this promotion.

The Bonamassa Experience

<![CDATA[Taylor Guitars Takeover at Cosmo Music]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:08:59 +0000 Thurs Oct 1st - Sat Oct 3rd, 2015

UPDATE: Watch Michael Lille and Kenny Echizen go over the different Taylor body shapes at the Taylor Roadshow.

The experts from Taylor Guitars are making the trip from El Cajon, California to TAKEOVER Cosmo Music for 3 incredible days of free events, music, great deals, guitar giveaways and more! Admission is FREE for all events!

Taylor Guitars Takeover

Here's the rundown...

Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM

Taylor Guitars Roadshow

Taylor Guitars Road Show

Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

An evening of guitar talk and demos with Taylor's friendly factory experts

  • Test-drive the latest Taylor models
  • Hear how guitar shapes and woods affect tone
  • Enjoy special pricing on custom Taylors
  • Road Show GS Mini Giveaway*


*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 to take home a GS Mini guitar. Specific GS Mini guitar model for giveaway will be announced at Road Show. Must be present at Road Show to be eligible for giveaway.

Friday, October 2nd at 4 - 8 PM

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room Open House

Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room (inside Cosmo Music)

Schmooze with Taylor staff in Cosmo Music's brand new Taylor Guitars Acoustic Room - the only one of its kind in Canada!

  • Mix n' mingle with Taylor staff
  • Try out more than 100 Taylor guitars in-stock
  • Wine tasting and an assortment of cheese will be served**
  • Receive a FREE re-string voucher and a set of Elixir strings with Taylor guitar test-drive***

**Available while supplies last. Must be legal drinking age in Ontario to participate in wine tasting.

***A limited number of re-string vouchers and Elixir strings will be available for this promotion. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. ONE (1) set of strings and ONE (1) re-string voucher per person, per household, regardless of the number of guitars test-driven. While quantities last. Full details of FREE re-string voucher will be stipulated on printed voucher. Guitar must be in good playing condition to be eligible for a complimentary restringing. Cosmo Music reserves the right to determine complimentary guitar restringing eligibility by a Cosmo Music guitar repair technician. Vouchers are for re-string appointments made between Oct 5th - Oct 31st, 2015 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.

Saturday, October 3rd at 11 AM - 6 PM

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit

Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit Sales Event

Tom's Guitar Hangar (inside Cosmo Music)

Taylor’s Find Your Fit program offers you a personal consultation with an expert from the Taylor factory to match you with the Taylor guitar that’s right for you. We’ll identify your player profile and recommend the body shape and tonewood pairings that best match your playing style. We’ll answer any questions you have. And if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ll help you understand the basics. Come see us and find your fit.

A variety of giveaways will take place throughout the day.

Appointments are FREE and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of appointments available. Approx. length of appointment is 20 minutes.


But wait, there's more...

Visit Cosmo Music between Mon Sept 28th - Sat Oct 3rd, 2015 during store hours, test-drive any Taylor guitar and YOU could WIN A GS Mini PLUS 4 FREE guitar lessons from the Cosmo School of Music!†

All Taylor Guitars purchased during the Taylor Guitars Takeover event will receive a FREE bag of swag from Taylor Guitars!††

†Customers who test-drive a Taylor guitar will be given ONE (1) ballot from a Cosmo Music staff member. ONE (1) ballot maximum per person, per household regardless of the number of guitars test-driven. Ballot box will be displayed in the guitar dept. on Sept 28th - Oct 3rd, 2015 only. Winning ballot will be selected at random and winner will be contacted via phone and/or email the week of Oct 5th - 9th, 2015.

††available on a first-come, first-serve basis. While supplies last.

<![CDATA[FREE Guitar Workshop with Jeff Gunn - Hidden Sounds]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:26:06 +0000 "Jeff balances his knowledge of theoretical concepts with a very helpful and friendly tone that appeals quite easily to musicians of a myriad of skill levels"
- Andrew King, Editor, Canadian Musician

Jeff Gunn is a guitar tips columnist and has published over 70 articles internationally in Canadian Musician, Muzik Etc and The Guitar Magazine. He is endorsed by Godin Guitars, D'Addario Canada, Planet Waves and Levy's Guitar Straps and has performed Emmanuel Jal, Swizz Beatz, DMC, Kae Sun and opened for Peter Gabriel, K'naan, Janelle Monae and Bonnie Raitt.

With this workshop, discover your own method on guitar and also go beyond guitar performance examining 10 life lessons learned through musical study and performance.

  • a two-hour interactive workshop
  • guitar techniques
  • self-empowerment through music
  • personal storytelling
  • Q & A
  • book signing


Cosmo Music & Mayfair Music present Jeff Gunn's New Guitar Series Workshop

Date: Sat Sept 12, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[TIME TO GEAR UP - All September Long!]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:45 +0000 All Month Long - September 1 - 30, 2015

The lazy days of summer are over and it’s TIME TO GEAR UP for another productive year of learning and exploring music. To get your education off on the right foot, come to Cosmo Music to:



 • 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!

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

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

DON'T FORGET!When you spend $500 or more get NO Interest and NO Payments for 12 Months OAC with Desjardins Accord D payment options!*

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

*Offer valid only from September 1st through to September 30th, 2015 in-store only. Offer only applies on in-stock and new purchases. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents: SONOR DAYS 2015]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:37:05 +0000 Cosmo Music Presents


Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Powered by: SONOR / Zildjian / Vic Firth / REMO

UPDATE: Watch a live performance of the Steve Smith clinic with Trichy Sankaran

UPDATE: Watch exclusive interviews below with Steve Smith, Tyler Stewart, and more!

Steve Smith talks about his clinic with Trichy Sankaran, his masterclass, his start with Journey, and his passion for Indian rhythms.

Tyler Stewart talks about the Barenaked Ladies new record, Silverball, and maple syrup!

Chuck D Keeping talks about Big Wreck, touring, and more.

Watch Davide DiRenzo, Anthony Michelli, and Dave Patel share a few thoughts about Cosmo Music.

All events at Cosmo Music


TWO jammed-packed days: Clinic, Workshop, Masterclass, Meet n' Greets, incredible drum Deals & Offers, Giveaways and a whole lot more!

Schedule of Events


Steve Smith Clinic Performance with Invited Guest, Trichy Sankaran

• Featuring the all-new SONOR Vintage Series Drums (2015 NAMM Show Best in Show winner)
• Meet several SONOR Artists & Product Representatives
• A chance to WIN Steve's Signature Snare Drum or other door prizes!
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
• Limited Tickets Available ($15)


Chris Lesso: "Life Through Rhythm" Workshop

• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

For this workshop, we will be harnessing the connection between the passion of drumming and music, and achieving peak performance in everyday life! We will be expanding skills that directly impact our lives everyday and lead to achieving our success: Focus, Energy, Passion, Team Building and Relationships, Handling Stress and Other Challenges, and having FUN!

• Find your peak potential and success through drumming and music
• Cultivate real life tools towards achieving success in music and life
• Explore the connections between the rhythm of the drum, to the rhythm of life and our habits and best practices

Experience the thrill of reaching your untapped potential, and exploring the art of possibilities in everyday life through the power of drumming and music. This is where life skills and rhythm meet! Chris Lesso’s 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.


Steve Smith Masterclass

• Masterclass ticket includes ONE complimentary ticket to Steve's Friday evening clinic performance (Fri Sept 18th) and an EXCLUSIVE private meet n' greet with Steve
• Be sure to bring a notepad, pencils, drumsticks and rubber practice pads
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
• Limited Tickets Available ($50)

Steve will share his philosophy of musicianship, using a cycle of Study, Practice, and Performance, and his ideas on how to develop efficient hand-and-foot techniques for playing the drum set. Smith will also discuss and demonstrate his approach to playing odd times, referencing his woodshed master class in the article Drumming in Odd Time Signatures (DownBeat magazine, November 2013), which includes his concepts for integrating rhythms from India into his drum-set approach. Smith will play a variety of solo pieces and will be open to answering questions from the audience and addressing any drumming-related topic.


SONOR Artist Meet & Greet/Signing Session

• This is YOUR chance to get up close with some of the best drummers working today
• This event is FREE!

Featuring Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Davide DiRenzo (Tom Cochrane/ Cassandra Wilson), Steve Smith, Chris Lesso, Dave Patel (Emmanuel Jal) and several Canadian Sonor Artists!



• Featuring Chris Lesson (drums), Ian De Souza (bass) and Brownman Ali (Trumpet)
• In the Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)

MODUS FACTOR is a Toronto-based trio that emphasizes real-time creation & in the moment improvisation while colliding world music traditions and modern electronic music. Each performance is always unique and etched in real-time, bringing together band and audience into a singular shared intense musical experience.

• See the latest from SONOR including the all-new SONOR Vintage Series
• Sonor’s Flagship German Production Series: PROLITE
• Several Artist Signature / German-Made and One-Of-A-Kind Limited Edition Snare drums
• Meet and talk with Sonor product specialists & Sonor Artists all weekend-long
• Special promotional offers and incredible deals on All SONOR products
• YOU CAN WIN! Each event offers the chance to win a STEVE SMITH SIGNATURE SNARE DRUM!

<![CDATA[An intimate look at the PHYSIS Piano with John Ebata and Tahirih Vejdani]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:52:13 +0000 PHYSIS Pianos are truly revolutionary instruments for the modern age. Our own John Ebata teamed up with singer Tahirih Vejdani to demonstrate the capabilities of these pianos, and give some inspired performances.

If you want to come to a PHYSIS clinic, we are hosting Thursday, August 27th at 7 PM with Earth, Wind & Fire's Myron McKinley in our Cosmopolitan Music Hall!

Watch an overview of the clinic

Watch John and Tahirih perform Jill Scott's "Golden"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Sting's "Fragile"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Joe Sealy's "Deep Down Inside"

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Drum Clinic and Masterclass with Former Journey Drummer STEVE SMITH]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:15:57 +0000 The man who sat in the drum throne of legendary rock band Journey in the classic years of the late seventies and early 80s is coming to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall for a Drum Clinic and Masterclass - As part of the SONOR DAYS Weekend (Fri Sept 18th & Sat Sept 19th)

UPDATE: Watch a live performance of the Steve Smith clinic with Trichy Sankaran

Steve Smith He's been voted #1 all-around drummer for 5 years in a row by Modern Drummer, and it's easy to see why. The man is a legend, be here and learn from the best!

Here are the details:

Performance Clinic:
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: $15
Click here to get your ticket!

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1PM in the Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: $50*
*Limited number of tickets available. Masterclass ticket also includes ONE (1) ticket to Performance Clinic.
Click here to get your Masterclass ticket!