<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:54:23 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Exciting NEW Piano Books Series - The Lang Lang Piano Method Books]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:49:22 +0000 "I loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a new way of learning the piano that 21st Century children can relate to." Lang Lang 

Join the super hero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Series.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 1

Level 1

Level 1 introduces complete beginners to different five-finger positions, note reading, moving around the keyboard, and developing both hands equally right from the start. The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally, and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano." ---Lang Lang

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 2

Level 2

Level 2 builds on the first book by introducing eighth notes (quavers), simple hands together, and thumb-under technique.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 3

Level 3

Level 3 continues the progression by extending the note range to an octave, exploring different keys, and including more hands-together in pieces.

All 3 Level books are NOW AVAILABLE and in-stock at Cosmo Music!

Hear some words from the man himself on his new series here:

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<![CDATA[Jimmy's Album Review - The Avalanches Triumphantly Return With 'Wildflower']]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:25:32 +0000

The Avalanches - Wildflower

A Review by Jimmy Ruddock

Before I begin this review I think it's important to start with a few definitions.

1. Plunderphonics: Any music made by taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition.
2. Crate Digger: A person who habitually looks through crates of vinyl records at music shops, especially in pursuit of rare or interesting albums.
3. Sampling: The technique of digitally encoding music or sound and reusing it as part of a composition or recording.

It's been 16 years since Australian band The Avalanches released their classic album 'Since I Left You'. With each passing year, and the likelihood of a follow up album seeming less and less likely, the album has grown to have a legendary, almost mythical status. Rightfully so, as 'Since I Left You' took sampling, and the genre of plunderphonics to another level. With no original music recorded, the album consists of thousands of samples, including melodies from obscure Motown B-sides, flamenco guitar, dialogue from instructional/self-help videos, disco grooves, clips from 1950's Western movies, and to top it all off, the bass line from Madonna's 1983 hit 'Holiday'. That's just a sampling (pardon the pun) of what made 'Since I Left You' such a groundbreaking album. The very fact that this kind of music requires searching for and listening to hundreds of records sounds time consuming enough, not to mention finding creative ways of using those samples to make new, orginal music. I just don't think most people imagined it would take 16 years for them to finally release the follow up album. So, with those definitions and backstory out of the way, I think we can finally begin the review of The Avalanches new record, 'Wildflower'.

Our memories can often be confusing; are we ever really sure that what we're remembering is what actually happened at the time? Most of us tend to be nostalgic for the past, whether it's reminiscing with old friends about exaggerated versions of high school stories, or chalking up painful memories to experience, or even laughing about things that once seemed so serious. Perhaps the great Bruce Springsteen said it best in his 1973 hit 'Rosalita', "Someday we'll look back on this and it'll all seem funny". So, while listening to 'Wildflower', the idea of memory is persistent, and feelings of nostalgia are unavoidable. The very nature of the music evokes the passage of time, as the musical samples span several decades, often within the same song. Just as our memories can be distorted and intertwined through time, so too does the music have a similar effect, with different genres intermingling with one another, and snippets of half-heard conversations and atmospheric sound effects fading in and out. Clever production choices, like songs that sound like they're stuck between stations on the radio, and melodies that can be barely heard underneath ambient street sounds, make for incredibly atmospheric moments. I found these moments to be particularly meaningful in that they brought up some childhood memories that I hadn't thought of in years. One such memory may seem to be inconsequential, but perhaps because of the detail and beauty of the image, it transported me back to the my 10 year old self. The memory was of me playing in a park and hearing the faint sound of a lifeguard's radio being drowned (again, pardon the unfortunate pun) out by the joyful screams of children at an outdoor community pool on the hottest day of the summer. Why that particular memory? I have no idea. All I know is that this album seems to have the power of uncovering long forgotten memories.

It's astounding how musically eclectic this album is, starting with the joyful Motown soul of 'Because I'm Me', and the calypso infused, 'Sound Of Music' referencing 'Frankie Sinatra'. The next track, 'Subways' conjures images of the gritty 1970's New York of 'Taxi Driver', 'Saturday Night Fever', and 'The Warriors'. While 'Colours' and 'Harmony' are slices of Beatlesque 1960's psychedelia. Not to mention the short instrumental interlude pieces ('Zap!' and 'Wildflower'), which provide some of the album's loveliest moments. 'Zap!', with its swirling strings, chirping birds, and lonely harmonica, provides the backdrop for a young boy's monologue about his love of the freedom of flying, while also lamenting "the only bad part about flying is having to come back down". On title track 'Wildflower', a woman's deep sigh is the only lyric necessary to accompany its beautiful descending chord progression. It's this attention to detail that truly makes 'Wildflower' a special record, and one that creates an emotional connection by tapping into the idea of our memories and how confusing and beautiful they can be.

It's not very often that a record can make you remember long lost memories, or feelings that you had long ago forgotten. This, alongside the fact that the music is just so vibrant and eclectic, is what really sets 'Wildflower' apart from every other album I've heard this year, making it my front runner for album of the year. So, I guess the inevitable question to sum up this review is: was it worth the 16 year wait between 'Since I Left You' and 'Wildflower'? If it wasn't obvious enough from this review, of course the answer is yes, let's just hope it doesn't take quite as long for the next album.

About The Vinyl:
The band members of The Avalanches spent many hours searching through record stores, scouring the bins for rare, oftentimes forgotten vinyl. So what better way to experience the fruits of all of their labour ('Wildflower') than listening to it on vinyl. Explore the beauty of the warmth of analogue with this 2 LP set, complete with colourful inner sleeves, and Sly and The Family Stone referencing album cover.

Order Wildflower Today

Key Tracks*

- Because I'm Me

- Subways

- Harmony

*Even though I just listed my key tracks, this album really needs to be experienced as a complete album to get the full effect.

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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[Jimmy's Album Review - Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool' is a beautiful new classic]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:41:36 +0000

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

A Review by Jimmy Ruddock

It's kind of a big deal every time Radiohead release a new album. They have released some of the most acclaimed and influential albums of the last 20 years ('The Bends', 'Ok Computer', 'Kid A', to name a few), so expectations were high for 'A Moon Shaped Pool', their first since 2011's 'The King Of Limbs'. From the percussive strings of opener 'Burn The Witch', to heartbreaking closer 'True Love Waits', Radiohead sound like a band full of confidence, ready to meet those high expectations. Subtlety, minimalism, and soul crushing sadness are the best ways of describing this compelling new album. Now, I hope that description hasn't turned you off of this record, because all of those characteristics, at least in the case of 'A Moon Shaped Pool', are definitely positive.

Understated, fractured pianos shimmer, hypnotic percussion gives the songs an electronic pulse, cinematic, and at times dissonant string arrangements fade in and out of songs, and frontman Thom Yorke's eerie vocal melodies float over the mix, often acting as just another instrument on the song, and not the focal point (note to the reader: there are no fist pumping sing along stadium anthems on this album, I hope you're not disappointed). This should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Radiohead's past work, as virtually all of these qualities have been present on every Radiohead album since 2000's masterpiece 'Kid A'. While that album ('Kid A') had an overall feeling of cold alienation (I mean that as the highest compliment), 'A Moon Shaped Pool' feels different, with a certain positivity emanating from the very sad subject matter of the songs. Perhaps it's something as simple as the acoustic guitars and piano on several songs, or guitarist Jonny Greenwood's string and choral arrangements, which add a certain warmth, and act as a rootsy counterpoint to the colder, more electronic based songs.

That said, this is still quite a heavy album, with most of that heaviness coming from Thom Yorke's lyrics. Now, Mr. Yorke is not a singer known for his diction (he tends to mumble a lot), and his lyrics are often difficult to decipher, but it's not hard to tell that he's been going through a tough time. This is most evident on the aforementioned album closer 'True Love Waits'. After an album full of sad songs, you may think that Radiohead would decide to change things up by ending the album with the positive, romantically titled 'True Love Waits'. Don't be fooled...this is Radiohead who we're talking about, after all. In the song, Yorke describes a dysfunctional relationship in which he is doing anything he can to make the relationship work, even if that means compromising everything he believes in, just to avoid the inevitability of the loneliness that is to come.

This is a heavy, sad record, but is also ultimately a life affirming, beautiful one, and it's another classic in Radiohead's already impressive discography.

About the Vinyl:
With artwork by longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood (he's created all of their art since 1994), the physical vinyl release of 'A Moon Shaped Pool' is as beautiful as the music on the records. Two 180 gram black vinyl records are packaged in a double gatefold design cover, with artwork continued on the inside sleeve. It's definitely a great addition to any vinyl fan's collection. Also, to those who appreciate the convenience of digital, each record comes with a digital download card of the album.

Key Tracks:
- Daydreaming
- Present Tense
- True Love Waits

Click Here to order 'A Moon Shaped Pool' today:

Also Available from Radiohead:

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<![CDATA[What's New? Ryan and Cristina have March's Cosmo Minute Report!]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:06:46 +0000 Ryan & Cristina are back with January 2015's Cosmo Minute Report!

The Suhr 2015 Collection has arrived! Inspired by nature, these are some truly authentic premium instruments.
Click here to see more!

Antonio Sanchez, grammy award winner and composer for the Academy Award winning Best Picture Birdman, will be hosting an intimate clinic on the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage!
Click here for more details!

Former drummer and founding member of Our Lady Peace will be hosting a drum clinic at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall!
Click here for details!

Drum Performance Clinic with Jeremy Taggart - Sept 25, 2015

The RCM Celebration Series is out now!
Click here to find out more!

Stay tuned for more Cosmo Minute Reports!

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<![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

CRAZY DEALS

Cosmo Music HOWL-A-THON Halloween Sale

Lots of scary crazy deals!

Check out our flyer

below for some of the highlights.

SCRATCH CARDS!

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.

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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!

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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.

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DOOR CRASHERS

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.

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<![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

Details:

  • 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
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<![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

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    <![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

     

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