<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:40:58 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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[Physis Piano Clinic with Myron McKinley of Earth Wind and Fire!]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:08:04 +0000 Gifted pianist, producer, songwriter, and music director for Earth, Wind and Fire, MYRON MCKINLEY is an incredibly prolific musician and he'll be coming  to Cosmo Music to show us all about the exciting line of Physis Pianos!

UPDATE: Morris O'Connor, Serg Dimitrijevic, and John Paris from Earth, Wind & Fire guys joined Myron McKinley for an impromptu jam! See it below:

Watch Myron McKinley show off some of the awesome features of the Physis Piano:

Upon graduating from USC, McKinley quickly began performing with award winning artists such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, CeCe Winans, Harry Connick Jr., Jodeci, Yolanda Adams, Chicago, Puff Daddy, Dr. Dre, Brandy, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Karen Clark-Shears, Chante Moore, Tupac Shakur, Doc Powell, Vesta, Backstreet Boys, Regina Bell, Tyrese, Hanson, James Ingram, Brian McKnight, Patti LaBelle, Monica, Dru Hill, Keith Sweat, Morris Day, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Gerald Levert, Ashford & Simpson, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Emotions, Gloria Gaynor, Christina Aguiliara, En Vogue and Earth Wind & Fire to just name a few.

McKinley has toured with Grammy award winner Whitney Houston (World Tour), Kenny Lattimore (For You, World Tour), Stanley Clarke, En Vogue (World Tour), and has toured as the Musical Director for Philip Bailey (Japan Tour), Cherokee (Polo Tour), Doc Powell (Smooth Jazz Tour), Shai (World Tour) and currently for the last eight years serves as the Musical Director for Grammy award winners and pop music giants Earth, Wind and Fire.

That's one impressive resume.

And he'll be showing off one of the most impressive pieces of equipment to hit the keyboard world: The Physis Piano, a feature rich and innovative keyboard that represents the evolution of a hybrid piano/keyboard.

Physis Piano Clinic with MYRON MCKINLEY of EARTH, WIND AND FIRE! 

Date: Thurs Aug 27, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Admission is FREE. RSVP to john@cosmomusic.ca

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

<![CDATA[Hands On with Hammond Featuring SCOTT MAY - Cosmo Music, July 18th at 2 PM]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:02:56 +0000 Come down to Cosmo Music for a FREE event on Saturday, July 18th to get "Hands On" with Hammond Organs - the sound, the soul, the ONE!

Grammy-nominated Musician/Producer (Organist of Chicago's Ides of March since 1990) and Hammond International Clinician, SCOTT MAY will be on hand to discuss the legacy of Hammond and its modern innovations while demonstrating the power that these instruments have to pierce the soul!

Word on the street is that attendees will be treated to duelling Hammonds!

Hammond Event

Date: Sat July 18th, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Where: Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca or phone 1-800-463-3000 x330.


<![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

<![CDATA[Physis Piano Concert with John Ebata and Tahirih Vejdani]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:17:16 +0000 This event is for music lovers and performers of all genres, pianists, organists, composers,  keyboardists, music teachers, recording  engineers and much more, including those interested or curious about the latest in musical digital technology, digital pianos, stage pianos, keyboards, MIDI/USB master keyboards/controllers.

John Ebata (johnebata.com) sound engineer, composer, arranger, pianist/keyboardist will visit Brantford to perform and demonstrate the current models of the Physis Piano line - available exclusively in Canada at Cosmo Music.

Talented Tahirih Vejdani (tahirihvejdani.com), a busy performer, singer, dancer, actor, vocal conductor and music teacher in the Toronto area will join John Ebata for this special performance.

This is your chance to see, hear and even try out these wonderful instruments in-person.

When: Sat Feb 21st, 2015 at 2 PM

Where: Brantford's Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts 

Click here for ticket information

Physis Piano

<![CDATA[Yamaha Holiday Rebate on Clavinovas and NU1 Pianos]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:47:29 +0000 Yamaha is excited to announce the YAMAHA HOLIDAY REBATE on Clavinovas and the NU1! You will be able to receive an instant rebate of up to $700 on select Clavinova and NU1 models - just in time for the holidays!*:



CVP 601 - $300 Rebate
CVP 605 - $400 Rebate
CVP 609 - $600 Rebate
CVP 609 GP - $700 Rebate
NU1 - $500 Rebate 

The rebate starts on Friday, November 28th, 2014 and ends January 4th, 2015.

What are you waiting for? Come into Cosmo Music today and start saving!

Yamaha Holiday Rebates

Question? Please contact the Piano Loft at 905.770.5222 x260 | 1.800.463.3000

*Valid on eligible new in-stock instruments at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada for purchases made from November 28th, 2014 to January 4th, 2015.

<![CDATA[It's Back! 4 Day HOWL-A-THON Sale (Thurs Oct 30th - Sun Nov 2nd)]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:15:07 +0000 It’s Cosmo Music’s Annual Howl-A-Thon Scratch & Save Event! Save BIG on all in-stock music gear! Starting Thursday, October 30th until Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. Spooky deals on tons of items throughout the store! Check out our flyer below for highlights!

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4-Day HOWL-A-THON Sale

Thursday, October 30th until Sunday, November 2nd, 2014


Cosmo Music HOWL-A-THON Halloween Sale

Lots of scary crazy deals!

Check out our flyer

below for some of the highlights.


Cosmo Music HOWL-A-THON Halloween Sale Scratch Cards

SAVE between 10% - 50% on regular priced items with our Scratch & Save Cards!*

Scratch in-store to to reveal your savings.



Shop at cosmomusic.ca and SAVE 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.**

Plus don't forget about FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!


PLUS No Interest | Equal Payments for 12 Months OAC when you spend $500 or more in-store! See for details.

PLUS bring the kids in their Halloween Costumes to do some Trick or Treating! It's a fantastic event for the entire family!

  • Not all sale items listed in the flyer are available online at the sale prices.
  • Check out this list of manufacturers who have chosen not to participate in this online promotion.
  • Cosmo Gift Cards are only available in-store & can be used only on in-store purchases.

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

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Limited stock so act fast! Some items will be available for in-store purchase only.

PLUS over 1000 other items on sale here (some sale items may be demos, open box or scratch & dent).

Ibanez UEW30RWE Concert Ukulele with EQ - Rosewood $149.95 $269.95
Ibanez AEW23MV Acoustic Guitar - Natural High Gloss $299.99 $499.95
Ibanez RG370FMZ Electric Guitar - Transparent Gray Burst $299.95 $549.95
Ibanez RG370FMZ Electric Guitar - Transparent Red Burst $299.95 $549.95
Ibanez GRX60 Electric Guitar - White $149.99 $209.95
Ibanez GRX60 Electric Guitar - Jewel Blue $149.99 $209.95
Ibanez FR320 Electric Guitar - Black $199.95 $399.95
Tama IP52KH6HC Imperialstar Drum Kit - Galaxy Silver $599.99 $899.99
Tama PC52HXZS B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Smokey Indigo Burst $1399 $2059.99
Tama PC52HXZS B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Volcanic Burst $1399 $2059.99
Tama PC52S B/B Starclassic Drum Shell Kit - Honey Amber Gold $1399 $1999.99
Tama PL52HXZS-BNZ B/B Starclassic Drum Kit Shell Kit - Blue Nebula Blaze $1499 $2319.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Butterscotch $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo MK1 Kahiko Soprano Ukulele in Trans Blue $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Red $29.99 $42.99
Mahalo Kahiko MK1 Soprano Ukulele in Trans Wood $29.99 $42.99
Wharfedale Pro Titan 315A $249 $449
Yamaha CLP480PE Clavinova - Polished Ebony $2699 $4199
Adam Audio F5 Studio Monitor $199.99 $349.99
D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Regular Light 10-46 $3.99 $5.99
D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock 11-49 $3.99 $5.99
D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Super Light 9-42 $3.99 $5.99
Hallet Davis - H142C Upright Piano - Ebony Polish $7599 $9595
Yamaha CLP480 Clavinova - Rosewood Satin $2499 $3799
Yamaha PSR-A2000 Arranger Workstation $749 $1499.99
IK Multimedia iKlip 2 Universal Mic Stand Adapter for iPad Mini $26.99 $43.99
IK Multimedia iKlip 2 Univeral Mic Stand Adapter for iPad $26.99 $43.99
Ibanez RC320 Roadcore Electric Guitar - Black $199.95 $429.95
Stratus by Eastman SAS245 Alto Saxophone $699.99 $999.99
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Interface $299 $419
PreSonus AudioBox Stereo Recording Kit $249 $329
Novation Launch Control Controller $79 $99
IK Multimedia iRig Keys Pro Universal Mobile Keyboard $109.99 $164.99
iRig HD Digital Guitar Interface $87.99 $109.99
Tascam US-122MKII USB Interface $88 $144.99
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Headphones - Black $99.99 $114.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Black $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Brown $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headbones - Blue $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Ivory $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Green $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Pink $189 $219.99
Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones - Red $189 $219.99
Stratus by Eastman SFL215 Flute $299.99 $399.99
Tycoon TC-TJ72BN 12" Djembe - Natural $129.99 $279.99
Tycoon TKCT-29 Crate Cajon $199.99 $244.99
LP LP229 Mambo Cowbell $29.99 $46.99
Samson C01 SR850 Condenser Mic & Headphones Bundle $49.99 $89
Casio CTK-3200 Portable Keyboard $129.99 $159.99
Casio WK-225+ Portable Keyboard $219.99 $269.99
Stagg SH-SM8R 8" Cymbal - SH Regular Medium Splash $24.99 $49.99
Stratus by Eastman STB315 Trombone $399.99 $469.99
Stratus by Eastman SVA130-14-O Viola - 14" Outfit $499.99 $599.99
Korg MicroKORG XL+ Synthesizer/Vocoder $399 $549



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*Scratch & Save Cards valid only on Thursday, October 30, Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 2014. Scratch Cards are not applicable to products featured on the flyer and to products on sale in-store as they are at their lowest prices. Void unless scratched by a Cashier in the Atrium. Scratch card valid for one transaction and must be surrendered to Cashier. Discount will be applied after purchase has been entered into the computer. Limit of one scratch card per purchase. Not redeemable for cash or credit in whole or part. Scratch cards available while quantities last. Sale prices for items sold during event or special sale days or promotions are available on the published sale dates and for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted and excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons, consignment items, price matches, taxes, shipping charges and gift cards. Special offers or sale prices cannot be combined with teacher or student discounts, other coupons, promotions or offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times. 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. “Scratch-and-Save” or other “Game of Chance” discounts that apply to complete purchase at point of check-out as well as complete product category specials (ie. All “Cosmo Brand” stands on sale for 10% off) or BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) promotions do not qualify for price match or best price guarantee. Some items listed have only one item in-stock and available as of October 7, 2014 publication date. Haunted HouseItems may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

**Receive 10% off entire shopping cart subtotal when you spend $200 or more before tax October 30 - November 2, 2014 only online. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

<![CDATA[Peter Baartmans at Cosmo Music | Oct 11 at 11AM - 2PM]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:46:19 +0000 Join us in welcoming International Yamaha Keyboard Demonstrator Peter Baartmans for a special visit to Cosmo Music! Come and get all of your keyboard answers, tips and tricks from one of the best in the "biz".

Please RSVP to John Ebata at john@cosmomusic.ca.
Space is limited. Don't wait... RSVP today!

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 11AM - 2PM
Where: Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

See Peter in Action!

Peter Baartmans
About Peter Baartmans

Peter Baartmans started to play music at the age of five. From 1969, he studied piano and church-organ at the music school of Bergen op Zoom. In 1977, he continued these studies at the conservatory of Tillburg, the Netherlands. During this time, Peter started to play jazz in several jazz combos, was the pianist in a popular Big Band and played in various pop bands where he was the keyboard player for many well-known Dutch artists. In 1980, he participated in the Yamaha Electone Festival and won first prize in the national and European finals.

One year later, he started to work for Yamaha Musical Instruments in the Netherlands. In 1985, he started to do presentations and play concerts for Yamaha digital pianos and keyboards all over Europe. Since 1991, Peter performs presentations and concerts for Yamaha Corporation of Japan all over the world.

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.

<![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[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