<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:57:12 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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 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.

<![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!

<![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.

<![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.

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall – NITA STRAUSS – Alice Cooper Guitarist]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:35:20 +0000 She's an Iron Maiden from the legendary all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens, and she's currently slaying audiences as the guitarist for Alice Cooper. She's been ranked #1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know", and continues to tear up the LA music scene. Nita has also recorded with video game tribute mega-group “Critical Hit” and appeared on the soundtracks for huge video game franchises like Blizzard's Heroes Of The Storm and the Grammy nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. See her perform live at Cosmo Music for FREE on Friday April 24th.

Nita Strauss

All you have to do is email anar@cosmomusic.ca. It's worth it.

<![CDATA[It's BACK! LIQUIDATION Super Sale!]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:00:35 +0000 It’s our annual LIQUIDATION Super Sale where thousands of music gear products MUST GO! This is your opportunity to SAVE BIG on a HUGE selection of items – up to 90% OFF!!!

Liquidation Super Sale Poster

• 10% - 90% off thousands of select music gear items
• 20% - 90% off thousands of select print music titles

See our sale pages to start the Full Liquidation Super Sale Experience! Sale items will start to appear on this page on Saturday, March 14th.


PLUS don’t forget about FREE Shipping for purchases over $99 when you shop at cosmomusic.ca!


• Sale priced items
• Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons and GearHeadz
• Gift Cards
• Consignment items
• Price-matches
• Taxes
• Shipping charges
• Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions

Further Details

Some sale items may be demos, open box or scratch & dent. This promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts (including school, teacher or student discounts), coupons, promotions or special offers. Not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part. In the event of a pricing error, product description error, or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice. The Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect for 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. Some items listed have only one item in-stock and available as of March 6, 2015 publication date. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to the sale. The Event or Special Sale Pricing policy remains in effect.

<![CDATA[What's New? Ryan and Cristina have March's Cosmo Minute Report!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:06:46 +0000 Ryan & Cristina are back with January 2015's Cosmo Minute Report!

The Suhr 2015 Collection has arrived! Inspired by nature, these are some truly authentic premium instruments.
Click here to see more!

Antonio Sanchez, grammy award winner and composer for the Academy Award winning Best Picture Birdman, will be hosting an intimate clinic on the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage!
Click here for more details!

Former drummer and founding member of Our Lady Peace will be hosting a drum clinic at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!
Click here for details!

The RCM Celebration Series is out now!
Click here to find out more!

Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

<![CDATA[The Suhr 2015 Collection has arrived at Cosmo Music!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:47:54 +0000 Inspired by nature. Suhr's 2015 Collection features some truly awe inspiring guitars, and we have a bunch of them! Suhr's attention to detail is truly stunning, with every effort, down to the wooden tuning pegs and wooden pickup covers, to create the most earthy feeling guitars we've ever seen.

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - ANTONIO SANCHEZ - Composer for Birdman!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:44 +0000 Antonio Sanchez, grammy award winner and composer for the Academy Award winning Best Picture Birdman, will be hosting an intimate clinic on the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage!

*UPDATE* Here's a taste of Antonio's skillful and creative drumming from Monday night!

Birdman was the biggest winner of Oscar night, and Antonio Sanchez' jazz infused score is one of the key elements that make up that stellar film. Sanchez has been a part of the Pat Metheny Group and won a Grammy Award in 2003 in the "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" category. His solo albums have been critically acclaimed in the jazz world, and we're more than excited to have him host a clinic here at Cosmo Music.

LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - ANTONIO SANCHEZ

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Date: Mon Apr 6, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

<![CDATA[Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans, Fri Mar 13th at 7PM]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:40:57 +0000 SUSAN ALBERS is a pianist / vocalist from Germany and performs concerts all over the world and touches the hearts with her warm and emotional voice, and her own piano-arrangements of world famous songs, including her own compositions. Encompassing a variety of styles from tender balladry to stylish uptown R&B, her vocal dexterity ensures that Susan can cover a wide range of musical bases. This versatility allows comparison with such artists as Celine Dion and Alicia Keys.

Since 1981, the Dutch pianist PETER BAARTMANS has been traveling the world as a presenter for Yamaha digital pianos & keyboards. His great experience, unique style of presentation, the mixture of classical, jazz and pop, and the superb sound quality of Yamaha's latest digital instruments results in a unique and exceptional performance.

Together they present a journey through the history of music, presenting the audience world-famous soundtracks, Jazz-standards, Classical music and Pop/Rock songs.
Inspired by many world famous Yamaha artists, the music they perform is based on their shared passion for powerful, touching music.

Please join Cosmo Music in welcoming these two incredible performers to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage for an evening to remember!

Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans 

Date: Fri Mar 13, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Tickets are complimentary and available on a first-come, first-served basis. While quantities last. Please RSVP by email to events@cosmomusic.ca to reserve your tickets today! Max. of 4 tickets per request.

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Susan Albers and Peter Baartmans