<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:28:37 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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

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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.

<![CDATA[The Piano. Revolutionized. The New Physis Series is the Next Step Up in Keyboard Tech]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 The Physis piano series has arrived in Canada, and it's the most powerful master keyboard controller available and the most powerful digital piano. It's leading edge technology but also ultimately musical and practical, and now it's exclusively available at Cosmo Music. Check out the Physis H1 Pro Piano and the K4EX & K5EX 88/76 note weighted master controllers.

Physis K4EX and K5EX

Are you looking for the ultimate keyboard as the centre piece for your studio or live rig? The new Physis K series master controllers offer many, many times the programability and control than the competition. The EX sound board preinstalled in the K4EX one adds state of the art piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, clav models and more, each with editing that far exceeds the competitors. And it still sells at a very competitive price. Playing is believing.

Here is an example of the power of just one Performance setting: one can split or layer 8 zones with 8 sliders, controlling the volume of each, which is pretty standard, but there are 3 more sets of 9 sliders & knobs! If one of the zones is a drawbar organ, they are now your physical hardware drawbar controls. The 3rd set of faders and knobs could be your analog synth editing controls and the 4th set of faders and knobs can control the volume of your DAW software. All this in one performance! 36 faders, 36 knobs, pitch bend wheel, 2 mod wheels, and aftertouch. On the back panel there are 8 5-pin MIDI outputs, so you can directly plug it in to 8 other synths. Plus, there's 4 to device and 1 USB to host connection and 2 5-pin MIDI inputs to patch other MIDI devices, wind, pad controllers, and more. Powerful.

I take a closer look at the wide range of sounds on the K5EX below:

Physis H1

I had a most pleasant surprise at the NAMM Show in California this past January the with the Physis Pro keyboard line, which has now arrived in Canada exclusively at Cosmo Music. As a gigging and recording player, we all want the most playable expressive piano sounds: Rhodes, Wurli 200's and more. We want the ability to edit every parameter to make it your own but also come out of the box with sounds that are simply just right. We also want to control any other synth keyboard, module or computer with ease.

I take a look at a wider range of sounds found in the H1 below:

-John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager

<![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars Road Show is Stopping by Cosmo Music! Thurs. August 21 @ 7 PM]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:49:24 +0000 UPDATE!

The Taylor Road Show was a great success! Wayne Johnson and Michael Lille from Taylor showed off some truly stunning guitars (and played some great pieces too!). Catch a glimpse below:


The Taylor Guitars Road Show is all about guitars, giving you a chance to talk shop with the team from the Taylor factory. Whether you're new to Taylor, a longtime Taylor owner, or thinking about getting your first guitar, we think you'll find our Road Show a fun, informative event.


Grammy Award Winner, Wayne Johnson will be in attendance with the Taylor Guitars Team.


Admission is FREE!
RSVP by filling out your information below.**


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Taylor Guitars Road Show at Cosmo Music


* Must be over 13. Please read the Official Rules can be found HERE.

** RSVP does not include a seat reservation. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

<![CDATA[FREE Workshop for Piano Teachers: "All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano" with Helen Marlais! ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:45:35 +0000 Cosmo Music and FJH Music Company Inc. invite you to a FREE pedagogy workshop for piano teachers (RSVP Required). This summer's workshop will introduce the All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the Piano ®

The All in One is perfect for a 30 minute lesson. Busy students learn the essentials of piano playing all in one book!  Dr. Marlais’ will share videos of her students in this new approach so that you can see first-hand how to use the All-in-One in your studio. Dr. Marlais will also discuss how to integrate both the respected Succeeding at the Piano® core method and the All-in-One Approach into your studio for success with all types of students. Best of In Recital® Solos, the newest addition in the ever-popular In Recital® series, will also be included in this workshop and you will learn more about the Play Your Scales and Chords Every Day® and Energize Your Fingers Every Day® technique books, as well as the popular supplementary reading series Succeeding with a Notespeller.  All of these books in The FJH Pianist's Curriculum® are designed to supplement every lesson according to each of your student’s needs.

Register today and don't miss this chance to attend a highly informative and insightful workshop with this outstanding clinician.

When: Saturday, August 16th | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Where: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro, Print Music Dept. Head to register! 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

FJH Workshop

*Workshop attendees will also be eligible to SAVE 25% off all FJH Publications on this day (Saturday, August 16th, 2014).

About Helen Marlais

Helen MarlaisDr. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano music and an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company Inc. The critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series: Succeeding at the Piano® –A Method for Everyone,
Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Every Day®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, included in The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum® by Helen Marlais, are designed to guide students from the beginner through advanced levels. Dr. Marlais gives pedagogical workshops worldwide and the method Succeeding at the Piano® is published in South Korea and Taiwan. She presents showcases for The FJH Music Company at national conventions and internationally.

Dr. Marlais has performed and presented throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Italy,
England, France, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, New
Zealand, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Russia. She has recorded on Gasparo, Centaur
and Audite record labels with her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell. Their
recording, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the 2013 International
Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical
musicians today. She has also recorded numerous educational piano CD’s for Stargrass
Records®. She has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota,
Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras,
and has premiered many new works by contemporary composers from the United States,
Canada, and Europe.

Dr. Marlais received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern
University, her MFA in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and was
awarded the Outstanding Alumna in the Arts from the University of Toledo, where she
received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance. As well as being the
Director of Keyboard Publications for The FJH Music Company, Dr. Marlais is also
an Associate Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. Visit: www.helenmarlais.com

<![CDATA[Heard the new Death From Above 1979 Single? Here's how to get that bass tone!]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:57 +0000 It's been 10 years, but Death From Above 1979 is finally releasing a new album in September. The new single 'Trainwreck 1979' has got bass players everywhere salivating over that deliciously dirty bass tone.

After reading that this crushing distortion is actually achieved by running a cranked high wattage solid state amp through a lower wattage 8x10 cab, a few of us in the guitar department sought out to replicate that tone without having to destroy our speakers! So we experimented with some awesome pedals on our shelves and found that can you achieve the same effect right at your feet!

The MXR M81 Bass Preamp

The DFA tone is tight with a growly midrange and biting treble. The MXR M81 Bass Preamp will help you shape your bass tone just right before you kick it into overdrive. Add some treble and midrange, dial back the low end, and your tone will have that serrated edge even before the distortion. The circuitry is designed to retain the warmth and organic tone of the bass even in a trebly, midrange-y setting.

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi has the versatility to shape that killer driven sound exactly the way you want it to. Blend the effect and dial in the high and low pass filters just right and you can nail that DFA 1979 drive. The regular Bass Big Muff Pi is also more than capable to give you that desired drive.

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer can give you that gritty, growly midrange and achieve a nice overdriven sound. If you're really going for that ultimate Death From Above 1979 tone, put this before a Bass Fuzz pedal and use it to add some gain and meat to your bass tone before the distortion stage.

[NOTE: There are 2 different product listings with 2 different prices on the site]

The Electro Harmonix Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

You'll often notice a bit of a wah element in Jesse Keeler's bass tone. Electro Harmonix's Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz can give you that treble edge that comes from a wah, but with bass fuzz built in. Dial it back a bit from the max to get that dirt without getting too buzzy.

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe is another great option for driving your bass rig. A great pedal with the versatility to achieve that optimal tone. For the DFA 1979 sound, you may be tempted to turn the fuzz up to the max, but don't! Dial it back to get that grit without too much buzz.

Come in and speak to a Cosmo Music specialist in our guitar department for all your tone needs. When the new Death From Above 1979 album 'The Physical World' comes out in September, we'll be playing those riffs all month long!

Do you have any other ideas to achieve this killer tone? Visit our Facebook page or @CosmoMusic on Twitter and post away (just don't start a flame war!)

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager (and Guitar Enthusiast!), Cosmo Music

<![CDATA[FREE WORKSHOP for Piano Teachers!]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:16:46 +0000 Cosmo Music and The Student Music Organizer invite you to a FREE Pedagogy Workshop for Piano Teachers (RSVP required).

Join Darlene Irwin, teacher and author of The Student Music Organizer, as she offers practical aids and techniques for successful teaching.

Student Music Organizer Workshop

Explore The Student Music Organizer and other invaluable teaching resources; learn helpful exam preparation ideas and practical teaching tips, and explore various technology aids that will enhance your studio and help you get organized.

Wednesday, August 27, 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro, Print Music Dept. Head to register today! 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

Student Music Organizer Workshop

<![CDATA[TC Helicon Limited Time Offer! Buy a VoiceLive 3 and get a FREE VoiceSolo MX150. More deals as well! Ends July 31]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:24:01 +0000 Who said effects were just for instruments? TC Helicon is offering the ultimate package for all kinds of vocalists. Buy a VoiceLive 3 and get a FREE VoiceSolo MX150. That's not it, either. Buy a Play Acoustic pedal and get a MP-70 mic for free!



The VoiceLive 3 is the swiss army knife for vocalists. With 11 independent effects blocks, over 180 different styles, and more than 250 factory presets, you can craft any sound from subtle reverb to spacey psychedelic vocals. The features are endless: you can experiment musically with a built in looper, and control layers of effects in real time!

The VoiceSolo MX150 PA amp is the perfect compliment to the VoiceLive3. With effortless integration of effects, you'll never have to worry about getting your effects to sound just the way you want them. The VoiceSolo MX150 is made to be versatile, clipping easily on to mic stands without fuss. Until July 31, you get this $330 amp FREE with the VoiceLive 3!

If you're an acoustic singer or performer, there are more deals! The Play Acoustic effect pedal allows you to get the perfect live acoustic sound to immerse the audience in your performance. Shape the sound of a dry direct acoustic guitar signal to sound precisely like it does in the room, affected by natural resonances in the wood and the space in which you hear it. All while adding a complimentary effect to your vocals.

The MP-70 is a modern mic made for the modern singer. TC Helicon has designed this mic to minimize background and ambient noise while capturing the best qualities of your voice. And until July 31, it's free with the Play Acoustic pedal!

How it works: 

Print out, fill in and send in the promotion form to TC Helicon by post along with proof of purchase to claim your FREE VoiceSolo FX150 or MP-70 microphone.

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager