<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:31:12 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[FREE Pedagogy Workshop! The Royal Conservatory Examinations]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:05:15 +0000 Join us for a complimentary and highly informative overview of The Royal Conservatory Examination system, presented by Peteris Zarins, Senior Examiner and Regional Representative of the College of Examiners. This workshop is open to all teachers including piano, string, winds and vocal teachers. We also encourage you to extend the invitation to your advanced-level students.

Learn about:

  • The benefits of examinations for students and teachers
  • Preparing your students for exams
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Simulated examination


  • Clinician: Peteris Zarins, Senior Examiner and Regional Representative
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON
  • To register: Email printmusic@cosmomusic.ca or call 1.800.463.3000 x310
  • RSVP by: Friday, November 7, 2014
<![CDATA[Music lovers rejoice, vinyl records have arrived at Cosmo Music!]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:08:42 +0000 As avid music lovers, we're thrilled to host our own collection of vinyl records. You might ask: why vinyl? In our current digital age, we can listen to anything anywhere, and on any device. Sometimes this means compromising quality for the sake of convenience.

But is that the way music was meant to heard? What do artists really intend when they pour their heart and soul into a record? The answer lies in vinyl. When you listen to a record on vinyl, you're listening to a record in it's pure state, with no digital compression artifacts. Engineers will often apply a different master to a vinyl pressing, one that's more dynamic, a sound that "breathes", not a master made for phone and laptop speakers. There's a certain "warmth", a tonal quality that comes from a pure analog path from the needle on the groove to the speaker. It's that subjective quality that's hard to describe. We're used to having a certain digital sterility in modern sound, so when you hear music in it's pure state, it can be simply blissful.

We've got a good selection of artists, from classic rock to modern pop, but our collection is always growing.

Visit our Print Department or shop our Vinyl Collection on cosmomusic.ca!

Some vinyl favourites selected by our staff:

Andrew Lai
Retail Manager

  • Blow by Blow – Jeff Beck
  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche
  • The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
  • Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
  • Machine Head – Deep Purple

  • Cristina D'Alessandro
    Department Head, Print Music Specialist

    Classical Albums:

  • Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
  • Debussy – Nocturnes: Nuages, Fetes, Sirenes
  • Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit
  • Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  • Bach – The Well Tempered Clavier
  • Pop/Electronic:

  • BT – This Binary Universe
  • Oh Land – Fauna
  • Madonna – Bedtime Stories
  • M83 – Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
  • Emancipator – Safe in the Steep Cliffs
  • Rock/Folk:

  • Radiohead – Kid A
  • Anathallo – Canopy Glow
  • A Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step
  • City and Colour – Sometimes
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Sountracks/Musicals:

  • Bruno Coulais – Coraline Soundtrack
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Phantom of the Opera
  • John Williams – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  • Stephen Sondheim – Sweeney Todd
  • Richard O'Brian – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Ryan McLeod
    Professional Services Division Manager

  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Boston – Boston
  • Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi
  • Queen – A Night at the Opera
  • Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

  • Kevin Rohm
    Repair Manager

  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  • Breakfast In America – Supertramp
  • Goodbye Yellowbrick Road – Elton John
  • The Joshua Tree – U2

  • Peter Graf
    Department Head - Drums and Percussion

  • Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  • Relaxing with The Miles Davis Quintet
  • Exile On Main Street – The Rolling Stones
  • Giant Steps – John Coltrane
  • American Garage – Pat Metheny

  • Peter Waldon
    Assistant Retail Manager

  • Led Zeppelin I – Led Zeppelin
  • Close To The Edge – Yes
  • Abbey Road – The Beatles
  • In Absentia – Porcupine Tree
  • Romanic Warrior – Return To Forever

  • Rob Vendrasco
    Guitar and Amplifier Specialist

  • Led Zeppelin I – Led Zeppelin
  • A Night At The Opera – Queen
  • Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  • Machinehead – Deep Purple
  • A Farewell To Kings – Rush

  • Mark Collins
    Guitar and Amplifier Specialist

  • Abbey Road – The Beatles
  • Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  • Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
  • The Doors – The Doors
  • Tommy – The Who

  • Claire Hillier Gonzales
    Band and Orchestra Specialist

  • No Need To Argue – The Cranberries
  • Unplugged – Eric Clapton
  • Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder

  • John Ebata
    Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager

  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • Powerful People – Gino Vanelli
  • Close to the Edge – Yes
  • Live at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans Trio
  • Headhunters – Herbie Hancock
  • Travels- Pat Metheny Group
  • Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
  • No Jacket Required – Phil Collins
  • Light as a Feather – Chick Corea
  • Boston – Boston
  • Dark Side if the Moon – Pink Floyd
  • Crime of the Century – Supertramp
  • Tapestry – Carole King
  • Mud Slide Slim – James Taylor
  • Heavy Weather – Weather Report
  • Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  • Fulfillingness First Finale – Stevie Wonder
  • Thriller – MJ
  • Live & In Living Color – Tower of Power

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    <![CDATA[What's New? Cristina has September 2014's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:34:25 +0000 Cristina D'Alessandro, our Print Music Department Head, has some exciting news on what's happening at our store.

    New Arrivals! Vinyl Records!

    We're avid music lovers here, so we decided to host a catalogue of vinyl records. Come browse our collection of classic rock to modern pop. We stock a wide selection of your favourite bands and artists on vinyl from Warner Music Canada. This has just begun, so we'll be constantly adding more!

    Fall Group Programs!

    With the fall season upon us, The Cosmo School of Music is busier than ever with private lessons on every instrument and theory and group classes for all ages and abilities! Come and join the ukulele movement! We have two classes starting October 1st, for ages 5 to 8 and ages 8 to 11. This fun group class will introduce kids to the ukulele and have students playing in no time!

    For kids 10 and up, check out our Rock Ensemble classes beginning Tuesday October 7th. If you’re passionate about rock music than this is your chance to rock out with a real band and learn from some of Cosmo’s most experienced music coaches! Or, if you’re looking for something a little mellower, then you’ll want to check out the group Didgeridoo program which begins on October 5th. Open to ages 12 and up, enjoy a truly meditative experience as you discover the essentials of contemporary didgeridoo playing. To register or for more information about our Group Lesson Programs, call 905-787-2090.

    Exclusive Performances!

    It's coming up this week! Legendary drummer Terry Bozzio is here this Friday and Saturday on September 19th and 20th! Friday tickets are sold out but there are still tickets left for Saturday. Click here to buy your tickets fast!

    Canadian Singer Songwriter and guitarist, Jacob Moon will be here to perform on Thursday Sept 25. Artists like Rush and Gordon Lightfoot have praised Jacob Moon for his renditions of their songs. Tickets to this exclusive concert are only $8 and are available on our website. Click here for more details and to order your ticket.

    And looking ahead to October, the world renowned A Cappella group Cadence will be performing here Wednesday October 22nd. This a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing. Click here to find out more and to get your tickets!

    Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

    -Neil Shukla
    Media & Creative Content Manager

    <![CDATA[FREE Webinar: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed (Part I)]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:10:27 +0000 You’re invited to a FREE Webinar on Friday, September 12 - Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed - Pt 1 - Courtesy of Ultimate Music Theory.

    If you're a music teacher, a music student or interested in Music Theory in any way, this FREE Three Part Music Theory Teacher Training is for you. Sign up today – Spaces are limited! Join Founder and CEO of Ultimate Music Theory, Glory St. Germain for this special Part 1 Teacher Training. She will reveal the PROVEN Interval Teaching System on the What, Where and Why Secrets of how to teach Major, minor and Perfect intervals.

    Plus, as an added BONUS, you will also learn a little "Secret Salute" that will help you become a master interval teacher and have more fun than a Perfect 5th with two accidentals!

    Mark Your Calendar and Register Now!

    Friday, September 12:

    9:00 a.m. Pacific
    10:00 a.m.  Mountain
    11:00 a.m. Central
    12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Register Here: Intervals - What, Where and Why - Secrets Revealed.

    Ultimate Music Theory

    This webinar is so special, we want you to share this and invite your teacher friends and colleagues  – it’s FREE but you must register today as spaces are limited.

    P.S.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to watch the webinar later, you MUST register to be eligible to view the recording later.

    Till Next Time...  Teach with Passion!

    Glory St. Germain
    Founder and CEO


    <![CDATA[What's New? Cristina has June's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:12:27 +0000 Cristina D'Alessandro, our Print Music Department Head, walks us through what's new and exciting in Lessons & Print Music!

    Fall Registration is now open for group lessons:
    - Theory for Kids (Ages 5 and up)
    - Music Discovery for Kids (Ages 5 and up)

    Our music camps can inspire your kids and teens this summer (and keep them busy), with programs running from July 7th to August 29th.

    Call us soon at 905-787-2090 or email lessons@cosmomusic.ca, spots are filling up fast!

    The Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie continues to run on Monday nights from 7 to 9pm!

    Piano Teachers: be sure to check out our workshops with Dr Helen Marlais on August 16th and Darlene Irwin. Email printmusic@cosmomusic.ca to register!

    In Print Music we have some new and exciting additions:
    - Learn the music from Frozen, Tangled, and Enchanted on Woodwind, Brass, and Strings! Each book contains a solo part as well as the online audio accompaniment tracks
    - The Barenreiter editions just arrived from Germany! We have a wide selection of woodwind, strings, and piano repertoire
    - Sheet music for the hit single "Love Someone" by Jason Mraz, which includes the online digital backing track

    Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

    -Neil Shukla
    Media & Creative Content Manager

    <![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.
    Roland Logo
    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.
    Cosmo School of Music logo
    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!
    Yamaha Logo
    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[Just Picked Up a New Instrument? These Play-Alongs Can Help!]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:04:54 +0000 Hal Leonard is out with a new book series for beginning instrumentalists! Their Easy Instrumental Play-Along series is perfect for players who have just picked up a new instrument. As of now, the collection is comprised of three books: Classic Rock, Disney and Classical Themes. The books feature fun and recognizable songs arranged for beginners, making them ideal for encouraging regular practice!

    All songs included in these three books stay in B flat concert, which is the key most beginner instrumental method books begin with. Furthermore, the notation and rhythms are carefully edited to suit a novice playing level. Each piece provides the ‘lead’ or melody line for the student to play along with a recorded track. These tracks are included in the price of the book and can be accessed online through a code provided inside each book. By simply going to the website provided (on your computer, tablet or cell phone) and entering your unique code you will gain access to a Demonstration track and a Backing track for each of the 10 songs in your book. The Demo track features recordings of an instrumentalist playing the melody line. This helps the student hear how the song should sound. The Backing track contains an accompanying orchestra that the student can play along with. These great-sounding intricate audio tracks compliment the simplicity of the instrumental line.

    Upon entering in your online access code, users will have the option to create a music library in which all the audio tracks from any books purchased from this series can be kept. Creating this library will allow users to have the music for future access and guarantees their music will never get lost. It also ensures ease and convenience in allowing the storage of all Hal Leonard music files in one place.

    These books are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello and keyboard percussion.

    Upon your next visit to Cosmo Music come in to Corner Books and speak with a Print Music Specialist about previewing these books!

    Stephanie & Victoria
    Print Music Specialists

    Corner Books
    905.770.5222 x 310

    <![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[Joining the Dots for Guitar: A Fresh Sight-Reading Approach]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:30:12 +0000 Sight-reading is an essential part of every classical guitarists musical growth and career.  However, apart from playing through easier repertoire it can sometimes be difficult for guitarists to find material to work on.  The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) has recently published a series of books focused specifically on sight-reading in the beginning to intermediate grades.

    Designed for use with a teacher or on one’s own, Joining the Dots for Guitar takes students through five levels of sight-reading exercises and instruction based on the requirements for the ABRSM guitar exams. Organized by key signature, each book contains warm-up exercises, a key exploration/improvisation component, sight-reading pieces, duets and trios and longer solo pieces at the end.

    There is a nice variety of tempos, styles and phrasing challenges to work through and teachers will find the duets and accompaniments to be excellent motivators and teaching tools during lessons.  With helpful sight-reading tips and an easy-to-follow layout working through each book is as fun as it is rewarding. If you have an exam coming up you’ll definitely want to pick one of these books up.  Drop by anytime and we’d be happy to show you this new and exciting series.

    Click HERE for more information on these books.

    Happy Playing!

    Elliott Chung
    Print Music Specialist
    905.770.5222 x310