<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:04:29 +0000 en hourly 1 <![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

<![CDATA[Save a Fortune Super Sale & #CosmoRocks Summer Event!]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:30:15 +0000 Save a Fortune Super Sale &
#CosmoRocks Summer Event

• Save up to 50% on your purchase!*

• Food & Live Music

• 3 Days Only
Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A Quick Look Back at our Save A Fortune Super Sale

Save a Fortune...


Cosmo Music Save a Fortune

Tons of reduced items throughout the store!

Check out our flyer

for some of the highlights.


Cosmo Music Fortune Cookies

On top of the hot deals, crack one open to reveal your savings for in-store purchases. Save between 10% - 50% on everything in the store!



Shop at cosmomusic.ca and save 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.** Plus don't forget about the FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

Band & Orchestral Instruments

Guitars & Gear

Pro Audio

Keyboards & Pianos

Drums & Percussion

#CosmoRocks Summer Event...

The fun doesn’t stop inside the store! Check out what’s going on outside (we'll be hashtagging so the kids can see on the internet too).

FRIDAY - June 6th

FREE Hot Dogs!

5pm - 8pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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SATURDAY - June 7th

Non-perishable Food
and Monetary Donations10am - 5pm
Support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program benefiting the Richmond Hill Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to the event and help the many families in our community who rely on the Richmond Hill Food Bank.
Purolator Tackle Hunger Week
Roland Experts

11am - 6pm

Come in to speak with the experts from Roland! You’ll find them in the guitar, pro audio and keyboard departments all day! They have the answers to your hard questions… and maybe some insight into in-store deals to be had… PLUS catch them on stage under the big tent in between Lou Moore’s sets.
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Food Trucks!

11:30am - 5pm

  • Tutti Panini – Mouth-watering, home-cooked Italian selections such as veal sandwiches, pasta and stone-baked pizza!
  • Localista – Bringing creative dishes using locally-grown agricultural produce to the masses like Green Thai Goat Curry, Herb Ricotta Ravioli with fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Corn Bread!
  • Tiny Treats Ice Cream Truck – The sweet treat truck! Soft serve ice cream, Slushi & Popsicles… all the chilly favourites!

Cosmo Music Food Trucks

Live Entertainment

1pm - 5pm

Featuring Lou Moore & Friends:
Steve Piticco, Wendell Ferguson, Graham Young and many more. Don't Forget - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND STAY ALL DAY!

SUNDAY - June 8th

Drum Circle with Olaf

11:30am - 12:30pm

From the Cosmo School of Music.
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FREE Hot Dogs!

12pm - 3pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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Live Entertainment

1pm - 3pm

The Commuters featuring Jimmy Ruddock, Andrew Blake, Tim Bond & Vic Uppal!
Ukulele Jam

3pm - 4pm

Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie of the Toronto North Ukulele Jam & Corktown Ukulele Jam
Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie
Live Entertainment

4pm - 5pm

York Region's own Kristen Manza will take us home with an all-acoustic set covering artists from Coldplay to Oasis combined with a beautiful voice sure to please all ears.

* Fortune cookies valid only on Friday, June 6; Saturday, June 7; and Sunday, June 8, 2014. Receive 10%-50% off your purchase of regular priced items. Fortune cookie discounts are not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-store that are currently on special sale price. Void unless opened in front of a cashier in the Atrium. Fortune cookies 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 a 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 May 8, 2014 publication date. Items 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 and shipping June 6-8, 2014 only online. 10% discount is not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-stock that are currently on special sale price. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at www.cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

See Rules and Regulations for further details.

<![CDATA[Spring into Summer Cash Rebate - Up to $200 Cash Rebate]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:33:29 +0000 Purchase a new, in-stock Weber or Albert Weber Piano at Cosmo Music and receive a CASH REBATE!

• Valid from May 1st - July 31st, 2014
• For in-store purchase only
• $200 Cash Rebate on Grand Pianos
• $100 Cash Rebate on Upright Piano


Download THIS FORM, fill out the information and mail a copy of your original sales receipt along with the completed form to:

Young Chang North America
6000 Phyllis Drive
Cypress, CA 90630
Attn: Spring into Summer Rebate
Or send an email to: marketing@ycapiano.com or Fax to: (657) 200-3477


Spring into Summer Cash Rebate


*Purchase a new, In-Stock Weber or Albert Weber Piano at Cosmo Music between May 1st and July 31st, 2014 and receive a cash rebate in the amount of $100 for Upright Pianos and $200 for Grand Pianos. In-store purchase only. Submissions must be postmarked by Aug.15, 2014 to qualify. Rebate cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Offer valid in U.S. and Canada only. Mail copy of original dealer sales receipt along with complete rebate form to: Young Chang North America, 6000 Phyllis Drive, Cypress, CA 90630 Attn: Spring into Summer Rebate, Email to: marketing@ycapiano.com Or fax to: (657) 200-3477. Offer valid in U.S. and Canada only.

<![CDATA[Yamaha Instant Savings Event: On NOW until Dec 31, 2013]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Yamaha is offering Instant Savings this season up to $700 on their instruments! This fantastic offer is available until December 31, 2013.

It’s so easy! 

  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Guitar and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Steinberg software and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Yamaha Synthesizer or Live Sound equipment and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Digital Piano and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Drum Kit and instantly save up to $300!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Wind Instrument and instantly save up to $500!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Clavinova and instantly save up to $700!*

For more details, please visit www.yamahapromos.ca.

*Valid on eligible new instruments at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada for purchases made between October 15 and December 31, 2013. Conditions and exceptions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Yamaha Canada reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time.

<![CDATA[REVIEWED: "Roland RD-64"]]> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:41:13 +0000 Roland is a well known company for its innovative contribution to the electronic musical instrument industry. They do it again with the introduction of the RD-64 digital piano, a compact 64 weighted keys keyboard that can be the answer to many musicians.

As much as we like to have an authentic feel and quality piano sound when gigging or on the go, carrying large and heavy 88-key keyboards becomes tiring not to mention it’s hard if not impossible to fit one on the back seat of a regular car.

Powered by the famous Roland Super Natural Piano sound engine, RD-64 provides a great acoustic piano sound paired with an authentic weighted-action and ivory feel piano keyboard. But there is more to the RD-64 than meets the eye. There are “bread and butter” sounds included such as electric pianos, clavinets and organs with rotary emulation, and the RD-64 makes a great MIDI controller with a pitch bend/modulation lever and D-beam, when paired with the Roland Integra 7 sound module or in a computer-based home studio.

With a small footprint, compact and portable, RD-64 is the perfect digital piano for music educators in music labs, group piano lessons, live playing or studio work and musicians on the go.

Vince Dumitrescu
Specialist, Keyboard & Recording
905.770.5222 x330

Want to learn even more about the Roland RD-64? Check out the video below. 


<![CDATA[FREE Workshop: "Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano"]]> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:26:39 +0000 FREE Pedagogy Workshop with Forrest Kinney

Introducing: Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano

Date: Monday, July 29, 2013

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music

Tickets: FREE! RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Alfred 2013 Piano Workshop]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:15:54 +0000 Effective & Efficient Practice with Tom Gerou

Date: Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music
Tickets: FREE!
RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Featured Instruments from Korg and Roland]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:02:22 +0000  





Korg SV1 pro stage piano

This piano has a distinctive quality look and presence onstage and plays to that high standard. The feel of the top of the line RH3 weighted key bed is solid, heavier than spring weighted but easy to articulate fast repeated notes. The simplicity in having a real knob, to grab and adjust any setting makes the in studio or on stage changes easy and fast with great results. All the core keyboard vintage sounds are included, acoustic and electric pianos, clav’s and organs. You can also add in the real preamp tube to warm up your tone. Available in both 88 and 73 key versions. The 73 key is a favorite in providing a great sounding vintage keyboard that fits into the back seat of a compact car.

Korg M3 61 note synth and Korg M3M module

 Korg M3 61 note synth

Korg M3M module

Why do so many pro keyboardists, including myself keep their Korg M3 synth’s while owning newer pro workstations? The keyboard feels great, synth weight with aftertouch but firm, with trigger pads of the finest feel and touch. The screen is a large touch screen that can turn into a KaosPad-like assignable touch filter, vector assignment etc.

One unique benefit is the module of sounds is removable so you can fly with all your pro synth and PCM sounds always. Onstage look is amazing, white with wood trim, lots of red led lights, cool white pitch/mod joystick. It also can be used as a superb feeling master controller, split or layer internal or external sounds up to 16 ways per combination and 100’s of user Combinations storable within the M3 or M3 module.

The Korg M3-61 synth or the M3M module. Get them still new before they are gone.

Roland FR2 digital accordion

Being an accordionist originally before moving on to piano and keyboards, gives a huge hiring benefit on many gigs. Accordion is very fashionable be it Springsteen or Sudanese jazz. The issue for live work is typically they are outdoor festivals or in less pleasant bars where I would prefer not to take my handmade $ 10,000 Italian accordion. The Roland V-accordion series provides an accordion, rather in the case of the FR2, 10 different accordions with no issue of reeds going out of tune and less than half the weight on your shoulders. The bellows work the same for expression. One can choose if you want a French Musette or a German or an Italian accordion and then which of 10 treble and 5 bass registers of the sound you prefer. At 10% of the cost of a collection of these accordions and all the added functionality, the FR2 is great value. In my multi-keyboard rig, I have placed the FR2 on its side on an amp stand (Ultimate Support Amp-150 ) and the FR2 has served as an additional velocity sensitive MIDI controller for a VSTi loaded Macbook Pro or any other MIDI device to use on every song in the set.

John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager
905.770.5222 x 261