Our Story

Our Story

We're not just a music store. In fact, we're much more than that. If you're looking to buy an instrument, rent some gear, improve your playing, get your instrument or gear back into top-working condition, help make your event a success, set-up the A/V for your organization, or even just a cool place to hang out and enjoy a coffee, we've got you covered.

Cosmo Music Store

A long history.
Established in 1968, over 50 years in the music business

You're with family.
Founded by Tom Hebert, family owned and operated

The single largest musical instrument store in North America.
56,000 sq ft store opened in May 2008

We know our stuff.
Over 200 employees including 23 repair technicians and 80+ highly qualified teachers

Unforgettable performances.
Home of the Cosmopolitan Music Hall venue

The Cosmo Music Leadership Team

We are incredibly proud to have a team of highly-specialized, trained people as part of the Cosmo Music family. We're a unique group of music-loving people that have years of experience and knowledge that you can count on.

Our Mission: to enthusiastically nurture, inspire, and empower the music-making aspirations of everyone we engage with.

Rudi Brouwers

Rudi Brouwers

Vice-President & COO

His favourite song of all-time: "Fly By Night" - Rush

Brenda Hebert

Brenda Hebert

Founder

Mark Hebert

Mark Hebert

President & CEO

An instrument he wishes he could play: Guitar

Hanson Fung

Hanson Fung

CFO

The best concert he's ever been to: The Wedding Band at Cosmo Music in July 2019

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey

Director of Marketing and eCommerce

The best concert he's ever been to: Osheaga in 2012

Chris Fountain

Chris Fountain

Assistant Store Manager

An instrument he wishes he could play: Piano

Andrew Lai

Andrew Lai

Retail Store Manager

His favourite song of all-time: “What a Wonderful World“ - Louis Armstrong


Scott Trowbridge

Scott Trowbridge

Educational Services Division Manager

An instrument he wishes he could play: Drums

Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis

Customer Support Manager

His favourite song of all-time: "Too Many Ways to Fall" - Arc Angels

Rob Cooper

Rob Cooper

Director of the Cosmo School of Music

The best concert he's ever been to: Pink Floyd "Momentary Lapse of Reason" Tour in 1987

Terry Fitzgerald

Terry Fitzgerald

Repair Shop Operations Manager

The best concert he's ever been to: Chris Cornell at Massey Hall


Kevin Rohm

Kevin Rohm

Manager of Repair Training and Development

An instrument he wishes he could play: Piano


Ryan McLeod

Ryan McLeod

Cosmo Pro Division Manager

The best concert he's ever been to: His first, Bryan Adams

April Hebert

April Hebert

Director of Starbucks @ Cosmo

An instrument she wishes she could play: Guitar


Adrian Ruegsegger

Adrian Ruegsegger

Warehouse Manager

His favourite song of all-time: “Never Let Me Down Again” - Depeche Mode


Shawna Baddeley

Shawna Baddeley

Accounting and Admin Manager

The best concert she's ever been to: AC/DC "Back in Black" Tour

Vanessa Azzoli

Vanessa Azzoli

Marketing Manager

Her favourite song of all-time: "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John


Jerry Hunt

Jerry Hunt

Purchasing Manager

The best concert he's ever been to: Queen at the CNE Grandstand in 1980


Peter Fudge

Peter Fudge

Director of Technology and Systems Development

The best concert he's ever been to: Maynard Ferguson at Minkler Auditorium


Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Facilities Manager and Systems Administrator

The best concert he's ever been to: Genesis "Duke" Tour with Chester Thompson and Phil Collins


Come for a Visit

We believe that our home is a music paradise for everyone to enjoy. In virtually every corner of the building, you'll find something to catch your attention.

Do you know exactly what you're looking for? We have the largest stock in Canada, we'll likely have it. Not sure what you're looking for and need some advice? Come by, have a look, we'd love to help you find your perfection. Not a musician? Come sit and have a coffee and enjoy the music around you.

Have a look by taking a Google virtual tour.

Tom's Guitar Hangar
Cosmo Music Guitar Department - Tom's Guitar Hangar
 
Cosmo Music Guitar Department - Tom's Guitar Hangar
Drummer's Den
Cosmo Music Drum Department - Drummer's Den
 
Cosmo Music Drum Department - Drummer's Den
Piano Loft
Cosmo Music Piano Department - Piano Loft
 
Cosmo Music Piano Department - Piano Loft
Virtuoso Band & Orchestra
Cosmo Music Band Department - Virtuoso Band & Orchestra
 
Cosmo Music Band Department - Virtuoso Band & Orchestra
Audio Garage
Cosmo Music Live Sound Department - Audio Garage
 
Cosmo Music Live Sound Department - Audio Garage
Keyboard Zone
Cosmo Music Keyboard Department - Keyboard Zone
 
Cosmo Music Keyboard Department - Keyboard Zone
Corner Books & Vinyl
Cosmo Music Book Department - Corner Books
 
Cosmo Music Book Department - Corner Books
Atrium Gifts & Clothing
Cosmo Music Atrium Gifts & Clothing
 
Cosmo Music Atrium Gifts & Clothing
Starbucks @ Cosmo
Starbuck @ Cosmo - Cosmo Music
 
Starbuck @ Cosmo - Cosmo Music
Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music
 
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music

Our History

Cosmo Music Store 1968 - Sheppard Avenue Downsview

1968

Cosmo Guitars, a small business started by Tom Hebert, began in 1966 importing guitars from Italy and Japan. Tom had just come out of the Air Force and was itching to pursue a business venture in the area he was most interested in… music. Tom had been involved in bands while in the Air Force and his heart and soul was the guitar.

Although importing guitars was promising, in 1968 Tom realized the added potential of his Sheppard Ave location in Downsview and opened the first Cosmo Music. At this time, he was selling mostly the guitars and accessories he was importing, and the store grew.

Cosmo Music Store 1976 - Yonge & Centre Richmond Hill

1976

In 1970, it was obvious that the retail world was what Tom enjoyed most. He stopped importing guitars and grew by opening up a small music school and offering different instruments in the Downsview store.

In 1971 Cosmo Music moved to Richmond Hill and took over the local Mundinger Music location. Richmond Hill was a much smaller town but with the bigger store and Yonge Street locale, Tom was thinking into the future. The new store already had a large lesson studio (65% accordion students!) and big potential for future growth.

Cosmo Music began offering brass and woodwind instruments, rentals and repairs in 1975. The need became obvious with the population explosion and the lack of service-oriented school band program providers. The brass and woodwind department quickly became an area of expertise for Cosmo Music as the rental fleet grew exponentially.

Cosmo Music Store 1985 - 9201 Yonge Street Richmond Hill

1985

In 1985, Cosmo Music moved again to an even bigger location just a few blocks south on Yonge Street. Taking over a department store and building one of the largest music stores in Canada gave Cosmo customers an increased instrument selection and even more value than before. It also gave way to the construction of the Cosmo School of Music, the largest and most prestigious music school in the area.

Cosmo Music’s Brass and Woodwind department was growing so fast, the decision was made to relocate the department into its own location. The Cosmo Music Brass and Woodwind Centre opened in 1990 and became the largest provider of brass and woodwind instruments and accessories in Ontario. The new building also housed Cosmo Music’s Brass and Woodwind repair facilities and Cosmo's ever-growing rental fleet (now well over 11,000 instruments).

Cosmo Music Store Groundbreaking 2007 -  10 Via Renzo Drive Richmond Hill

2008

The dream of the entire Cosmo Team has always been to create the world’s most exciting and interactive music-making environment. In the spring of 2008, this dream became a reality when Cosmo Music amalgamated both of its locations into one giant store. Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore opened its doors on May 22, 2008 and is the largest musical instrument retail store in North America; providing sales, service, rentals, and lessons for all types of musical instruments in a one-of-a-kind, world-class facility.

Cosmo Music Associations

Cosmo Music is an active member, contributor, or associated with the following trade and philanthropic organizations.

The Coalition for Music Education

The Coalition for Music Education

musicmakesus.ca
We envision Canada as a country where the lives of all children are enriched by quality school music programs, and where their active participation in music is valued and supported in our communities. Our mission is to raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture, and to promote the benefits that music education brings to young people. Cosmo Music is a proud Gold Partner with the Coalition for Music Education in Canada.

Ontario Music Educators' Association

OMEA – The Ontario Music Educators’ Association

omea.on.ca
The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), a non-profit organization that represents music educators in Ontario. One of our objectives is to "provide leadership in establishing and maintaining high standards of school music throughout Ontario & Canada". We participate in meetings with the Ministry of Education, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation Curriculum Forum, and the Ontario College of Teachers.

NAMM Foundation

NAMM Foundation

nammfoundation.org
Advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. Cosmo Music’s NAMM membership helps contribute to NAMM Foundation research. This important research has provided significant proof towards the importance of music in developing minds.

NAMM

NAMM - National Association of Music Merchants

namm.org
NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM serves as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. Cosmo Music is an active member of NAMM and sends a team of buyers and team leaders to trade shows on a yearly basis. Attending NAMM helps Cosmo Music stay on top of active trends and the newest and hottest items on the market in order to provide the latest and greatest to our customers.

SickKids Foundation

Friends of Music Therapy in Support of the SickKids Foundation

sickkids.com
The Friends of Music Therapy Endowment Fund was established at SickKids Foundation to provide permanent support to the Music Therapy Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. This stable funding source will ensure this delivery of care to the palliative and cancer programs at SickKids, and enable the expansion of music therapy services to other areas such as organ transplantation, neonatal intensive care, adolescent medicine and more. The Cosmo Music team have chosen Sick Kids Foundation as their charity of choice. Any and all funds raised through staff events and/or customer promotions are contributed to this amazing program.

Music Alive York Region

Music Alive - York Region

yorkregionalive.com
Music Alive is now twelve years old as a region wide music festival that involves Public, Catholic, Private Schools and community musicians. It is unique in that it is a non-competitive, educational festival that offers participants the opportunity to receive a rating based on international standards. Music Alive spans over eight weeks after the March Break each year and it involves well over 14,000 musicians. It is financially supported by the private sector, school boards and participants. Music Alive is administered by a committee of volunteers drawn from industry, the community and our schools. Cosmo Music is a proud sponsor or Music Alive and its ongoing efforts to promote music through education within York Region.

Richmond Hill Board of Trade

Richmond Hill Board of Trade

rhbot.ca
A Board of Trade is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and support local businesses. Businesses join a board of trade for many different reasons. The organization offers small businesses an established network as well as the opportunity to learn from more established colleagues. Cosmo Music is a proud member of the Board of Trade and won a prestigious Business Achievement Award in 2006 and 2017.

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