<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:20:14 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[The NEW Flea Signature Bass is red hot]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:36:28 +0000

Flea’s funk- and jazz-influenced basslines helped propel the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the top of the rock and alternative charts while redefining the role of bass in the modern era. Flea’s unique playing style brought a welcome breath of fresh air to the musical landscape of the past four decades, inspiring countless bassists to add a funky touch to their sound while exploring new techniques and harmonic possibilities. To celebrate his enduring influence, we’ve recreated his prized Shell Pink ’61 Jazz Bass that he received from a fan and used to record the Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium and The Getaway, as well as with the supergroup Atoms For Peace.

A pair of vintage-style, American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups provides classic, original-era Fender tone with clear articulation, clear low end definition, up-front midrange punch and singing high end. The vintage-accurate stacked concentric controls shape the pickups’ volume and tone, as well as allowing the pickups to be blended in any ratio. The Flea Jazz Bass plays fast and easy, thanks to its period-accurate 21-fret “U”-shaped maple neck with a smooth RoadWorn® urethane finish on the back, plus a 7.25”-radiusrosewood fingerboard with a 1.5” wide nut. The vintage-style bridge sports four threaded steel “barrel” saddles, adding a touch of crispness to enhance the attack for tone that can power through a busy mix.

Shell Pink is the rarest of Fender’s classic Custom Color finishes, and Flea’s ’61 Jazz Bass is quite possibly the only one in existence. We’ve carefully recreated his personal instrument’s exact faded shade as it exists today, and then applied an eye-catching Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish that perfectly replicates Flea’s playing wear. A special neck plate engraved with Flea’s own artwork commemorates the inspiration behind this instrument. Other aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply tortoiseshell pickguard and aged white dot position inlays. Melding rhythm and melody with fierce personal style, Flea’s left his mark on modern music, and the Flea Jazz Bass is the perfect tool to make your own.

Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[Advance Stream of 'Loud Hailer', Jeff Beck's Latest Musical Statement]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:01:34 +0000

Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer

Jeff Beck,the legendary Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame guitarist, is often referred to as the "guitarist's guitarist". So, whenever he releases a new album, guitarists, in particular take note. Throughout his illustrious career Beck has always been a forward thinking musician, always thinking outside of the box, developing innovative guitar techniques. Starting with the British Invasion garage rock of The Yardbirds, to the pre Led Zeppelin bluesy hard rock of the Jeff Beck Group, to the landmark jazz fusion albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired", and most recently his electronic influenced albums, he has never been content to repeat himself, always wanting to explore new musical territories. On his latest record - his first studio album in six years - "Loud Hailer", this is no exception. Enlisting two female vocalists, Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenberg, who co-wrote the eleven tracks alongside Beck, the album features funk, electronic music, and soul and blues, with a particular emphasis on vocal songs. Describing the album as a statement of the world today, Beck said "I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view."
- Jimmy Ruddock

Stream Jeff Beck's "Loud Hailer" right now before it is released on Friday, July 15th below:

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<![CDATA[The NEW Limited Edition Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar®]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:52:36 +0000

Johnny Marr is best known as the strikingly dynamic guitarist-arranger-songwriter behind the Smiths, who redefined and ruled U.K. pop in the 1980s. A master of melody, layering and texture, Marr has brought his own instantly identifiable genius to the proceedings ever since, in stints with The The, Electronic, the Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs, to say nothing of his solo career and innumerable guest appearances. The Johnny Marr Jaguar is a fantastically non-standard model that is as distinctive as the sounds he wrings from it, with a wealth of highly specialized features ideal for the discerningly unconventional guitarist.

Now available in this limited edition colour. Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[The New and Improved Zoom H4n Pro is here. Record cleaner, clearer, and closer than ever before.]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:12:01 +0000 The Zoom H4n has been a solid audio recorder for anyone looking to capture high quality audio with built in mics and XLR inputs. The H4n Pro isn't just improved, it's superior in every way. With advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, the recording capabilities are endless.

Click here to get yours today!

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<![CDATA[The Eastman Guitars TEST DRIVE Experience - A Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE (from July 2nd - 30th, 2016)]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:21:54 +0000 Come into Cosmo Music this July and test drive some sweet instruments from Eastman Guitars!

From Saturday July 2nd to Saturday July 30th, come in-store to Cosmo Music, head to TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR, test drive any in-stock Eastman acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin and YOU will have a chance to WIN an....

Eastman AC-GA2CE Grand Auditorium Acoustic

Eastman AC-GA2CE Grand Auditorium acoustic guitar (valued at $899.00)!*

Eastman Guitars Promotion
See our CURRENT SELECTION of Eastman guitars

Saturday, July 30th from 2 - 5PM - Schmooze with the Eastman Guitars Expert!

BILL CONDON from Eastman Guitars will be available in TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR on Saturday, July 30th from 2 - 5PM to answer any of your questions about any of Eastman's acoustic instruments. This is the perfect opportunity to get information directly from the source.

About Eastman Guitars

Unrivaled quanlity is what Eastman Guitars is all about. Committed to a high standard of quality, Eastman Guitars use of premium tone woods and fine appointments, alongside the talent and accomplishment of its designers, craftsmen, and company philosophy continues one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known.

Promotion Terms & Conditions:
*Customers who test-drive any Eastman guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin will be given ONE (1) ballot from a Cosmo Music Guitar Specialist. ONE (1) ballot maximum per person, per household, per day regardless of the number of instruments test-driven. Ballot box will be displayed in guitar dept. between July 2nd - 30th, 2016 only. Winning ballot will be selected at random on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 5PM EST by an Eastman Guitars representative. Winner will be contacted via phone and/or email the week of August 1st - 5th, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Watch our interview with Omar Hakim & Yukon Blonde at CosmoFEST]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:49:48 +0000 Omar Hakim is one of the greatest session drummers of all time. That is an unquestionable fact. He's worked with countless legendary artists including David Bowie, Sting, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Madonna, and Daft Punk. I wanted to ask him many questions, but we only had a few minutes. I spoke to him about his recording process with Daft Punk as well as his general philosophy behind drumming.

Yukon Blonde absolutely killed it on the main stage at CosmoFEST. I sat down with Jeffrey and Brandon before the show to talk about their latest album 'On Blonde', as well as what it means to be a Canadian artist from the West Coast, the spirit of rock n' roll protest music, and more.

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<![CDATA[NEW Custom Shop Fender guitars are coming to Cosmo Music!]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:33:39 +0000

It's basically GUARANTEED excitement whenever a new Fender Custom Shop guitar comes in to the store. These beauties are on their way.

Yuriy Shishkov Masterbuilt Quilt Maple Top Telecaster - Sapphire Blue Trans

Yuriy Shishkov is truly one of the last of the renaissance guitar builders. He's collaborated with many influential artists including Dimebag Darrell, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Nuno Bettencourt, Robin Zander, and Paul Stanley. We only had to see his name to know that this Telecaster will be built with some of the finest craftsmanship in the guitar world.

1963 Journeyman Relic Jaguar - Aged Olympic White and Ice Blue

The Journeyman series is the perfect blend of vintage tone and style with the benefits of modern engineering. We've been loving the Strats and Teles, and we can't wait to add these Jaguars from the 2016 Custom Collection to the store.

1959 Relic Precision Bass - Faded Chocolate 3 Tone Sunburst

It doesn't get more vintage than this. The P Bass of the 50s is iconic, an instrument crafted with love from it's conception. When you pick up this bass, you'll get why it's been a staple of rock for over 50 years.

Stephen Stern Masterbuilt 1955 White Penguin Relic

The Gretsch White Penguin mixes the sleek style of the Jet with the glamour of the Falcon. This one is a vintage 1955 relic made by Stephen Stern, one of the best guitar builders in the business. The attention to detail is staggering here.

See our CURRENT SELECTION of Fender Custom Shop pieces

Have a question?
Give TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR a ring and a Cosmo Music Guitar Specialist will be happy to speak with you.

1-800-463-3000 ext. 360
905-770-5222 ext. 360

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<![CDATA[CosmoFEST AMPHITHEATRE Schedule Revealed - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:26:53 +0000 NEW for 2016 - The CosmoFEST AMPHITHEATRE! - Saturday June 4, 2016

CosmoFEST Amphitheatre

Loaded with FREE performances, presentations and product demos, the CosmoFEST AMPHITHEATRE will be located in the Southwest corner of our parking lot across from the main store entrance.

11AM & 2:30PM

Alhambra Guitars

(Gerald Saulter of SERENADE DUO)
Renowned classical guitarist, Gerald Saulter, will be serenading the crowd using a selection of Alhambra's finest nylon string, Spanish-made guitars.

11:30AM & 3PM

RekordBox DJ Syllabus

(Dikran Polodian)
Dikran Polodian will demonstrate how Pioneer's rekordbox supports every aspect of DJing for a creative, hassle-free experience.

12PM & 3:30PM

The Many faces of the korg pa4x

(Steve McNally)
Steve McNally will let you experience the flexibility of sound, performance and songwriting capabilities of the most powerful Arranger keyboard in the world.

12:30PM & 4PM

meet taylor guitars

(Michael Lille)
Award winning singer/songwriter and guitarist, Michael Lille will help connect you to the perfect guitar for your unique player profile.

1PM & 4:30PM

Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro TooLs

(Collyer Spreen)
More than just the industry’s leading music creation and audio production tool, Collyer Spreen will demonstrate a platform that connects you to a premier network of artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers, enabling powerful yet easy collaboration.

1:30PM & 5PM

Line 6 Helix - Tone Made Pro

(Andy Paredes)
Line 6 product specialist, Andy Paredes will use the Helix Guitar Processor to examine the details required to create exceptional guitar tone. This clinic will improve your tone-dialing knowledge and skills.

1:30PM & 5:30PM

Seydel Harmonicas

(Roly Platt)
Check out Seydel’s “Steel Reed” line of diatonic harmonicas as Roly Platt entertains us with his incredible harp skills.

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST – Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO – Saturday June 4, 2016

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[The Gibson Custom Shop Trailer Stopping by CosmoFEST - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:32:48 +0000 Gibson Custom Shop Trailer at CosmoFEST - Saturday June 4, 2016

Gibson Custom Shop

The Gibson Custom Shop Trailer is rolling across Canada and making a SPECIAL TOUR STOP at Cosmo Music for CosmoFEST 2016. Filled with rare and Limited Custom Shop pieces, come aboard the trailer to glance, touch and play these beautiful one-of-a-kind instruments.

Gibson Custom Shop

Gibson sales staff will be on hand to help with any of your questions you may have!

About Gibson Custom Shop

For over 20 years Gibson Custom has proudly been the torchbearer of, not only Gibson’s legacy, but also American craftsmanship and the value of human ingenuity. We believe today, as we did 20 years ago, that there remains a place in this world for the best of the best and that there is a value in what we do that extends far beyond the glossy sheen and gratifying weight of a finely crafted Les Paul.

We take great pride in knowing that we bring the most discerning players and collectors in the World the most refined collection of Historic Reissue, Archtop and Custom guitars we have ever had the pleasure to craft. Through milestone achievements that reflect decades of a passionate commitment by Gibson Custom’s craftspeople, engineers, players and collectors from around the globe, today’s Gibson Custom proudly reflects Gibson’s century long-plus position as the World’s Finest Guitar maker.

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST – Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO – Saturday June 4, 2016

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

<![CDATA[Ian Thornley talks to us about new Big Wreck, working with producers, Suhr Guitars, CosmoFEST & more]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:02:58 +0000 Ian Thornley is one of Canada's greatest guitarists, and I was honoured to sit down with him, along with Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock to discuss Big Wreck's new project, as well as Ian's creative process and attitudes (including about how it's not the same as Bieber or Drake). We also talked about the kind of producers he likes to work with, as well as his guitar influences. It's clear from how he speaks (and obviously how he plays) that artistry and inspiration is at the core of Ian Thornley.

Watch the full interview

Ian Thornley on a new project from Big Wreck

Ian Thornley on 'Ghosts', being inspired by SRV and Albert King, and not playing the same game as Bieber or Drake

Ian Thornley on CosmoFEST and playing his first guitar at Cosmo Music


Ian Thornley with Big Wreck will be on the Main Stage for a FREE show at CosmoFEST June 4, 2016.


Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST – Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO – Saturday June 4, 2016