<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:08:22 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Club Cubase is BACK! Tues Sept 30th at 7 PM (Free Event)]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:59:50 +0000 Cosmo Music and Yamaha Canada Music are pleased to present the September meeting of Club Cubase North Toronto.

Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and anybody interested in making music with their computer. Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend. Users of all experience levels are welcome.

This month's meeting topic: Groove Agent 4

Groove Agent 4

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Club Cubase North Toronto

<![CDATA[What's New? Cristina has September 2014's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:34:25 +0000 Cristina D'Alessandro, our Print Music Department Head, has some exciting news on what's happening at our store.

New Arrivals! Vinyl Records!

We're avid music lovers here, so we decided to host a catalogue of vinyl records. Come browse our collection of classic rock to modern pop. We stock a wide selection of your favourite bands and artists on vinyl from Warner Music Canada. This has just begun, so we'll be constantly adding more!

Fall Group Programs!

With the fall season upon us, The Cosmo School of Music is busier than ever with private lessons on every instrument and theory and group classes for all ages and abilities! Come and join the ukulele movement! We have two classes starting October 1st, for ages 5 to 8 and ages 8 to 11. This fun group class will introduce kids to the ukulele and have students playing in no time!

For kids 10 and up, check out our Rock Ensemble classes beginning Tuesday October 7th. If you’re passionate about rock music than this is your chance to rock out with a real band and learn from some of Cosmo’s most experienced music coaches! Or, if you’re looking for something a little mellower, then you’ll want to check out the group Didgeridoo program which begins on October 5th. Open to ages 12 and up, enjoy a truly meditative experience as you discover the essentials of contemporary didgeridoo playing. To register or for more information about our Group Lesson Programs, call 905-787-2090.

Exclusive Performances!

It's coming up this week! Legendary drummer Terry Bozzio is here this Friday and Saturday on September 19th and 20th! Friday tickets are sold out but there are still tickets left for Saturday. Click here to buy your tickets fast!

Canadian Singer Songwriter and guitarist, Jacob Moon will be here to perform on Thursday Sept 25. Artists like Rush and Gordon Lightfoot have praised Jacob Moon for his renditions of their songs. Tickets to this exclusive concert are only $8 and are available on our website. Click here for more details and to order your ticket.

And looking ahead to October, the world renowned A Cappella group Cadence will be performing here Wednesday October 22nd. This a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing. Click here to find out more and to get your tickets!

Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager

<![CDATA[A Look Back at a Summer of Exciting Lessons!]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:16:04 +0000 This summer has been an exciting one, with our Music Hall and classrooms filled with eager, fresh faces singing, strumming, and pounding their hearts out! Get an idea of what our camps are all about in our videos below:

Glee Camp: Where kids prepare for super stardom!

Whether they are fans of the TV show, or just have a desire for the limelight, Glee Camp brought out the inner divas and stars in the kids. Coming from Treehouse TV, Alison Neale was a natural in focusing the kids' boundless energy, and encouraging shyer ones to show their true voices.

Ages: 7-12
Prerequisite: No previous musical training required

Instrumental Sampler Camp (Ukulele): Where it's all about summer strummin'!

Ukulele is the perfect instrument for kids to express themselves, without being overwhelmed by challenge. Jeff Sceviour is a jolly teacher, singing along with the kids on piano, and encouraging them to have fun while learning the proper notes and chords. The class is in touch with what kids love: this year Frozen's "Let It Go" was a big hit, so Jeff converted it to a summer Ukulele jam!

Ages: 5-12
Prerequisite: No previous musical training required

Instrumental Sampler Camp (Hand Drumming): Where the rhythm is strong!

We've got a huge variety of drums here at Cosmo Music, so we figured we should let kids explore them! Olaf Szester knows how to bring out the rhythm in the kids, whether it's a basic beat or a energetic group jam.

Ages: 5-12
Prerequisite: No previous musical training required

Beatz Brigade! Camp: Where pounding and hitting (to the beat) is encouraged!

Beatz Brigade! is all about making a beat out of whatever you can! Sticks, drums, pots and pans are all a part of the program, and Alison Neale teaches the kids how to harness their boundless energy into an inspired musical performance!

Ages: 7-14
Prerequisite: No previous musical training required

We had a lot of fun this year, and we want to see you next year! But in the meantime, be sure to check out and register for our Fall Lessons coming up! Visit cosmomusic.ca/school-of-music for more details!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Content Manager, Cosmo Music

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music Presents CADENCE on Wed. Oct 22 at 7 PM]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:41:23 +0000 "Instruments are for Surgeons" 

The stage lights fall, the crowd goes quiet, and four harmonious voices rise up and fill the air. The melodies unfurl into something both familiar and fresh. What comes next may be a classic song by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima. It may be an old bebop standard or cheeky arrangement of a 1980s hit. But these are arrangements like you’ve never heard them before — containing all the richness of a full band, but performed using just four voices.

This is CADENCE, Canada’s premiere vocal group. Based in Toronto, this a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. The group’s four critically acclaimed studio albums, Cool Yule (2011), Speak Easy (2010), Twenty for One (2005), and Frost Free (2000) have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including three nods from the JUNO Awards and 10 from CARA, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Cadence’s live shows are always a hit. They feature a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun. On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course at any Cadence show, but so too is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. What these boys can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.

Check out this vocal phenomenon for yourself. One listen and you will agree; instruments are for surgeons!

Cosmo Music Presents CADENCE with Special Guests Wibi
Buy Ticket
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON


<![CDATA[FREE Webinar: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed (Part I)]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:10:27 +0000 You’re invited to a FREE Webinar on Friday, September 12 - Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed - Pt 1 - Courtesy of Ultimate Music Theory.

If you're a music teacher, a music student or interested in Music Theory in any way, this FREE Three Part Music Theory Teacher Training is for you. Sign up today – Spaces are limited! Join Founder and CEO of Ultimate Music Theory, Glory St. Germain for this special Part 1 Teacher Training. She will reveal the PROVEN Interval Teaching System on the What, Where and Why Secrets of how to teach Major, minor and Perfect intervals.

Plus, as an added BONUS, you will also learn a little "Secret Salute" that will help you become a master interval teacher and have more fun than a Perfect 5th with two accidentals!

Mark Your Calendar and Register Now!

Friday, September 12:

9:00 a.m. Pacific
10:00 a.m.  Mountain
11:00 a.m. Central
12:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Here: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed.

Ultimate Music Theory

This webinar is so special, we want you to share this and invite your teacher friends and colleagues  – it’s FREE but you must register today as spaces are limited.

P.S.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to watch the webinar later, you MUST register to be eligible to view the recording later.

Till Next Time...  Teach with Passion!

Glory St. Germain
Founder and CEO


<![CDATA[It's Back! It's the Time to Gear Up Event]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:00:06 +0000 September 1st - 30th, 2014 - All Month Long!

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 Equal Payments for 18 Months OAC with Desjardins Accord D payment options!*

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

Time to Gear Up Event

*Offer valid only from September 1st through to September 30th, 2014 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 JACOB MOON on Thurs. Sept 25 at 7 PM]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:43:08 +0000 "JACOB MOON is an exceedingly watchable performer... seems completely at home on stage." Ron Sexsmith

Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It's a compliment that JACOB MOON keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon's renditions of their songs and have lavished him praise and a spotlight that has gained him international attention. It is these inventive covers that draws the fans in, but it's Moon's original material and his compelling live show that make them pull up a chair.

Danny Miranda (bassist for Queen) concurs "Tremendous command of the instrument...amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music".

JACOB MOON is known for his giftedness as a singer, songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with an equally unforgettable talent!

Cosmo Music Presents JACOB MOON

Buy Ticket
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

 For more on JACOB MOON, click here.

Jacob Moon

<![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE!]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:32:39 +0000 Cosmo Music wants to send YOU to the Taylor Guitars Factory! Customers purchasing one of our Taylor Guitars Brazilian Rosewood Guitars will receive a VIP Package Trip to the Taylor Guitars Factory in El Cajon, California, USA!



Package Details:

  • A VIP Tour of the Taylor Guitars Factory and a chance to select woods for your future custom Taylor;
  • Round trip economy class airfare to Los Angeles, California;
  • Hotel accommodation for 2 nights;
  • Ground transportation & meals in Los Angeles included

More details on the Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE can be found here.

The Taylor Guitars VIP EXPERIENCE!


Check out our teaser trailer of the Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars below:

Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars

<![CDATA[What's New You Ask? Ryan has August's Cosmo Minute Video Report]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:12:55 +0000 Ryan Casselman, manager of our guitar department, walks us through some new things this month at at Cosmo Music.


The rundown...

Collector's Series Icon Snare Drums were created by DW Drum Designer John Good to pay tribute to some of the most iconic drummers in the history of Rock:
• Roger Taylor of Queen
• Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
• Neil Peart of Rush

The first clinic sold out, so Terry Bozzio will be hosting a SECOND CLINIC date here at Cosmo Music: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 7PM. It's the only Ontario stop for his 2014 North American tour - this is the first ever of it's kind - never before has this drumming legend embarked on a full on coast to coast North American tour with his monster drumset.

It's here in a matter of days.... an evening of guitar talk featuring experts from Taylor Guitars at the Cosmo Music stop of the 2014 Taylor Road Show.


Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Content Manager

<![CDATA[Toronto North Ukulele Jam SPECIAL EDITION Featuring Manitoba Hal (Mon. Aug 11th, 7 - 9 PM)]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:41:41 +0000 Manitoba Hal is the ukulele world's foremost bluesman. He's an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, but he is best known for his ukulele chops. Hal proves that the uke can be small, but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies.

Hal uses a looping technology to produce a one-man-band experience, adding subtle but important background beats to his extraordinary ukulele strumming and riffing. Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail.

Join Manitoba Hal for his first appearance at Cosmo Music's Toronto North Ukulele Jam! You won't want to miss this!

Date and Time:
Monday, August 11th at  7 - 9 PM (special mini-concert and workshop)

Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

For more information on the Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie, CLICK HERE.