Enter Best Buy’s “make the music you love with Casio” contest

by Editor in Chief ‎01-22-2015 08:59 AM - edited ‎01-23-2015 08:15 AM

Many people think of Best Buy as that store where you buy a computer, or a tablet, or a cellphone.  Of course that’s true, but Best Buy is also quickly becoming the place to get so many other things too.  For example, they have been carrying music products for quite some time, expanding their selection each year with top brands like Casio, Gibson and Fender. In many ways this makes sense as most musicians use computers and tablets to help them create, record, and perform their music.


Canadians have a long tradition of making amazing music. From the sixties, The Guess Who, to the eighties Bryan Adams, and the current hugely successful Justin Bieber, these performers all began with an instrument and the ability to create songs that people love.



Making music doesn’t require tons of equipment. I know many people who make music, and perform regularly. They have a few essential pieces of equipment in common: they all play an instrument and they all use an iPad to either connect to the instrument (which can drastically increase the instruments functionality), or to display lyrics as they perform.


By offering a huge selection of instruments and gear at the most affordable prices anywhere, Best Buy is helping many more people across the country to create the music they love.  It doesn’t matter where you live in Canada, you can order what you need (keyboards, guitars, computers, cables) and have it all delivered to your home. For example, perhaps your child is ready to start taking piano lessons, but you live far outside a major city, you can visit Bestbuy.ca online, order a Casio piano, and have it in your home in no time.


Consumer expos generally get people excited to try new merchandise, and the NAMM music show is no exception. For the second year in a row, Best Buy has teamed with Casio to send two of our writers to NAMM in Anaheim. They will regularly post about the biggest and coolest innovations that they find. Manufacturers like Casio will have their newest instruments on display, and we will get to learn about them right here on the Plug-in blog.  We have set up a summary NAMM blog page to make it easy for you to browse through these announcements and quickly find things that interest you most. This page also has a selection of articles, images and videos from last year’s show.


Are you ready to start making music?  Best Buy and Casio are going to make it even easier for a couple lucky people.  Enter this contest and you may win a new Casio keyboard with stand and bench, a new iPad and the necessary interface to connect your keyboard and iPad, so you can create the music you love right away.




You can enter by commenting right here on this blog post.  First you must visit the NAMM show summary page and find a new music product that you think is really cool or interesting.  Then return here and tell us in a comment about one of the new music products you liked on that page (it may have been shown in an article, a picture or a video from last year or this year’s coverage).  That’s it.




After the contest is over we will draw two entries from all of the eligible comments to this blog post.  One person will win the second prize of a new Casio Keyboard, the other person will win the Grand prize consisting of 



         1) Casio 76-key Electric Keyboard,

         2) On-stage Classic Double Brace Keyboard Stand

         3) On-stage Delux X-Style Bench

         4) Audio-Technica ATH-M30X monitor headphones

         5) IK Irig pro mobile audio/MIDI Interface

         6) IPad Air 2 64 GB with Wi-Fi


The contest begins on Thursday January 22nd  and ends on Sunday January 25th .


You may only enter once. But we all know people who love to play music. Perhaps you know a young family with children who are beginning to take lessons, privately or in school. Share this post with them so they too can have a chance to win this amazing prize.


Good luck everyone.


By Martin Renaud, Editor-in-Chief


Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on Plug-in Blog as Blog Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen or having fun with his teenagers on the tennis court. 

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Contest Rules for Best Buy
Make the music you love with CASIO contest

January 22-25, 2015



How to Enter the “Make the music you love with CASIO contest” (the “Contest”)

  1. No purchase necessary.
  2. Entries may be made by commenting on the Best Buy Plug-in contest post between 9:00 a.m. on January 22 and 11:59 p.m. on January 25, 2015 (PST) (the “Contest Period”). Best Buy will present a summary selection of blog articles, photos and videos about the NAMM music conference on the Plug-in blog (add link).   Fans will be asked to (a) register on the blog, and (b) go to the NAMM summary page and find one new musical product either discussed there in an article, or displayed in an image or shown in a video. To enter, fans must enter a comment on the contest entry article stating what new musical product shown on the NAMM summary page they liked most and how they learned about that product (was it discussed in an article, shown in a photo or shown in a video.)
  3. By Mail: Visit the Best Buy NAMM summary of articles on the plug-in blog (add URL) and by printing your full legal name, date of birth, city or town of residence, phone number and email address and a 500 word essay telling what new musical product shown on the NAMM summary page they liked most and how they learned about that product (was it discussed in an article, shown in a photo or shown in a video) on a 3” by 5” piece of paper, and mailing it to Make the music you love with CASIO contest,8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC, V5J 5K3.
  4. Only one entry per person will be permitted. Participants making multiple entries may be disqualified. Entries that are fraudulent are not permitted and will be declared invalid. Entries that are illegible, altered, mutilated or tampered with may be declared invalid. All entries become the property of Best Buy and will not be acknowledged or returned.


Who can enter

  1. The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada only who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence on or before January 22, 2015. 
  2. The Contest is not open to employees of Best Buy, and its parent, subsidiaries, or affiliated companies, their advertising and promotion agencies, or their other representatives or agents, or anyone with whom any of the foregoing is domiciled.


The Prize

  1. There is one (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of: one (1) Casio 76-key Electric Keyboard, one (1) On-stage Classic Double Brace Keyboard Stand, one (1) On-stage Delux X-Style Bench, one (1) Audio-Technica ATH-M30X monitor headphones, one (1) IK Irig pro mobile audio/MIDI Interface, and one (1) IPad Air 2 64 GB with Wi-Fi . There is one (1) second prize available to be won consisting of: one (1) Casio 76-key Electric Keyboard. The approximate retail value of the grand prize is approximately $1,225.00 CAD (the “Grand Prize”) and the approximate retail value of the second prize is $250.00 (the “Second Prize”)
  2. The Prize must be accepted as awarded and is non-transferable, non-exchangeable, not to be sold and not redeemable for cash;
  3. Best Buy reserves the right to substitute the Prize in whole or in part with a prize of equivalent retail value in the event the Prize or any component of the Prize is not reasonably available at its discretion.


Contest Draw

  1. The Contest will run Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 9:00 am PST to Sunday, January 25, 2015, 11:59 pm PST.  Contest winners will be drawn randomly from the entries. The draw will take place on or about Monday January 26  at 1:00 pm (PST) at the Best Buy head office, located at : 8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC.
  2. In order to be declared a winner, the selected entrant must:
  1. respond to the prize notification email or telephone call within 72 hours of receipt of email or call;
  2. correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question; and
  3. sign a declaration stating that he/she:
    1. has read, understands and complies with the Contest rules;
    2. releases and discharges Best Buy and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates; and
  • consents to the announcement of the winner's name and the use by or on behalf of Best Buy of the winner's name, address, photograph, likeness, voice or statements for advertising and promotional purposes without any further compensation to the winner.
  1. Should the selected entrant fail to comply with any of the requirements set out in paragraph 10, the prize will be automatically forfeited and another entrant will be selected by random draw.
  2. The chances of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.


Consent to Personal Information Use and Disclosure

  1. By entering the Contest, participants consent to Best Buy’s collection, use and disclosure of the personal information provided in Contest entries for the administration of the Contest and in aggregated, non-personal form in order to create reports regarding Contest entrant demographics and consumer habits, which reports Best Buy may disclose to others.
  2. Participants who indicate on their entry form that they wish to receive Best Buy’s e-newsletter further consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information (including their email address) by Best Buy for the purpose of providing the e-newsletter.  Signing-up for the e-newsletter will not affect the odds of winning.


Disclaimer and Liability Exclusion

  1. Best Buy and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates will not, under any circumstances, be responsible for, or liable to any Contest entrant or any other person for:
  1. any erroneous, lost, damaged, late, incomplete, misdirected, deleted, defective, or altered Contest entries, regardless of the cause;
  2. any failure for any reason whatsoever of the selected entrant to receive a prize notification email or telephone call;
  3. any changes in email addresses, email address assignments, or telephone numbers after Contest entry forms are submitted;
  4. any computer, online, telephone, or technical malfunctions or errors that may occur, regardless of the cause; or
  5. any damage or loss, including any loss of use, loss of production, loss of profits (anticipated or otherwise), loss of markets, economic loss, special, indirect or consequential loss or damage or punitive damages, whether in contract, tort or under any other theory of law or equity, arising from, connected with, or relating to the Contest or the submission of entries to the Contest or participation in the Contest or the Prize, or the use of the bestbuy.caweb site (including the downloading of any materials from that web site) and regardless of the cause or any negligence by Best Buy or anyone for whom Best Buy is responsible, and notwithstanding that Best Buy may have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage being incurred.

Other Matters

  1. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as intended by Best Buy, including due to computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that corrupts or interferes with the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Best Buy may, at its sole discretion, disqualify any entrant responsible for such misconduct and cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.
  3. Decisions of Contest judges in respect of any aspect of the Contest are final and binding on all entrants.
  4. Participation in the Contest constitutes acceptance and agreement to these Contest rules.
  5. Best Buy reserves the right, at their option, to publish the winner's name, address, photograph, likeness, voice or statements without any further compensation to the winner.
  6. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and local laws and is void where prohibited by law. If any provision of these rules is found by any court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, all other provisions will remain in full force and effect.
  7. Best Buy is an operating division of Best Buy Canada Ltd. bestbuy.ca is a web site owned and operated by Best Buy.
  8. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of this publicity Contest may be submitted by a resident of the Province of Quebec to the Régie des alcools, des jeux et des courses for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted by a resident of the Province of Quebec to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. 


by rvh
on ‎01-25-2015 01:23 PM

Pianoarc looks amazing!

by Saphiredemitro
on ‎01-25-2015 01:28 PM

The Casio Privia is gorgeous!  I absolutely love how finely crafted some of the digital pianos are now.  I am a musician and love recording my own music and it's insane what you can do with digital instruments.  You have so many options, not to mention they are esthetically beautiful.  

by boxmops
on ‎01-25-2015 01:36 PM

I like the resurrection of the CZ-101.  I read it at .bestbuy.ca/t5/Visit-the-Plug-in-Blog/Casio-Resurrects-the-CZ-101/ba-p/109819



by Gigi
on ‎01-25-2015 01:37 PM

The Casio CZ App for iPad would be a lot of fun. 

I have two teenagers, they would love this. 

by jkgs
on ‎01-25-2015 01:42 PM

The IPad Air 2 64 GB with Wi-Fi looks appealing.

by suzaah
on ‎01-25-2015 01:44 PM

That Seaboard Roli Grand looked pretty cool

by lpappas
on ‎01-25-2015 01:47 PM

The Casio Privia PX-760 looks amazing!

by Didibear
on ‎01-25-2015 01:49 PM

The PianoArc looks awesome!

by sande
on ‎01-25-2015 01:49 PM

My favorite item is: IPad Air 2 64 GB with Wi-Fi  

How'd I find out about it?  My goodness - I've been reading about the IPad Air for a whole year and hoping to own one!  Thanks for the opportunity to win this and the other amazing prizes!!

by lola
on ‎01-25-2015 01:49 PM

love the PianoArc..amazing

by sande
on ‎01-25-2015 01:51 PM

I could make sweet music again, finally :-)


by miali1
on ‎01-25-2015 01:51 PM

A Fender guitar would be a terrific musical intstrument to have.

by jetsgone
on ‎01-25-2015 01:52 PM


the Roland HS-5 Session mixer is awesome

by MarlowXim
on ‎01-25-2015 01:55 PM

The  Casio WK 6600 really like the plug and play functionality like hey you can compose at home without require studio grade equipment. Just plug in by usb and record via Garage band, so many ways to compose music and tracks!

by tim919
on ‎01-25-2015 01:56 PM

The Casio CZ-101 is just perfect for our needs!  The iPad APP is a great accompaniment!

by shan6008
on ‎01-25-2015 01:57 PM

PianoArc looks really cool!

by silverneon2000
on ‎01-25-2015 01:57 PM

I think  the Casio XW-PDI at NAMM 2015 is pretty cool

by hiljacarol
on ‎01-25-2015 02:07 PM

The PianoArc would be a great way to keep the piano alive. A large paino is difficult to move, tune and have room for these days.

by Gomarvin
on ‎01-25-2015 02:15 PM
The Casio Privia PX-760 is the perfect replacement for "analog" pianos. Better overall cost and flexibility you don't need to pay a piano tuner anymore!
by cocowins
on ‎01-25-2015 02:17 PM

I learned about Casio Previa digital piano from NAMM 2015 article.   My son loves playing the piano and this would be a great piano for him. Thanks 

by KittyPride
on ‎01-25-2015 02:20 PM
The Fender guitars are beautiful, a stratocaster especially appeals! It was the 60th anniversary last year, Fender is releasing their “10 for ’15” Limited Edition Collection, a series of 10 guitars that will be limited to 500 of each worldwide. Sure would be great to have one!
by jrfield
on ‎01-25-2015 02:23 PM

I've always wanted a Korg MS-20...it would take my music skills to the next level

by dusen
on ‎01-25-2015 02:35 PM

the Casio XW-PDI at NAMM 2015 seems like a lot of fun to play with.

by ek03yr
on ‎01-25-2015 02:35 PM

I think the Casio XW-PDI at NAMM 2015 looks super cool...could definitely drop the beats

by blewnote
on ‎01-25-2015 02:40 PM

One of the limited edition Fender's mentioned in the Fender Fun at NAMM would be awesome

by NSlynneg
on ‎01-25-2015 02:40 PM
Casio Privia it's so beautiful and should be the #1 on any piano composers wish list
by bbc12340
on ‎01-25-2015 02:49 PM

The PianoAre is my favourite

by glinda
on ‎01-25-2015 02:51 PM

That guitar chair is definately cool, unusual and fun.

by BarbTownsend
on ‎01-25-2015 02:54 PM

I like the Casio WK 6600 keyboard. Professional! Smile

by iStayDemented
on ‎01-25-2015 03:00 PM

There's a musician in my life who would love to learn how to play piano. I think the Casio XW-PDI would be a great quality starter keyboard for her to get her feet wet with.


by rickcork
on ‎01-25-2015 03:07 PM

I want to win

by nick44
on ‎01-25-2015 03:08 PM

nice keyboard

by muddasir
on ‎01-25-2015 03:11 PM
PianoArc looks really awesome.
by emily95
on ‎01-25-2015 03:12 PM

awesome prize

by jen90
on ‎01-25-2015 03:14 PM

awesome keyboard

by andymo
on ‎01-25-2015 03:14 PM

The PianoArc looks really cool - I would love to play around with it Smiley Happy I also really like the fancy microphones!

by jean63
on ‎01-25-2015 03:16 PM

very nice keyboard

by nil2500
on ‎01-25-2015 03:17 PM
The PianoArc seems quite playable for something so novel
by paul90
on ‎01-25-2015 03:18 PM

looks awesome

by MaraWatson
on ‎01-25-2015 03:21 PM

Android Lollipop tablets looks great.. I can't wait to check it out

by KenWaldman
on ‎01-25-2015 03:24 PM


by pixie33
on ‎01-25-2015 03:27 PM

What an awesome round-up of all the amazing features at NAMM! I was really impressed with Fender's Limited Edition Collection. I completly agree with the article...the guitars really are works of art!

by rollingdrones
on ‎01-25-2015 03:27 PM

The Casio XW-PDI is cool. I read about it in the NAMM 2015 article in your blog.

by DeeDeeFerguson
‎01-25-2015 03:33 PM - edited ‎01-25-2015 03:33 PM

The PianoArc looks  pretty impressive!

by Meemo
on ‎01-25-2015 03:33 PM

The Fenders were so sweet !  Any of them would go perfect with the new Michael Landau signature amplifier ! That combo would make for a rocking  evening ! Smiley Very Happy

by Tugasky
on ‎01-25-2015 03:35 PM

The Casio Privia PX-760 looks fantastic! I would love to play that!

by JAL
on ‎01-25-2015 03:38 PM

The new Michael Landau Hot Rod Deville amp! It made that guitar sound great!

by sweetleaf
on ‎01-25-2015 03:45 PM

I think the Casio CZ app for the iPad is really cool and interesting, and I liked it most! I love how your get the true to reality sounds and layout of a real Casio CZ-101 but on my iPad so I can bring it anywhere with me without a inconvince. I learned about this product via the article 'Casio Resurects the CZ-101' by chckn8r which also had a picture and video of the Casio CZ app.

by Mgoosey
on ‎01-25-2015 03:49 PM

We are downsizing from a large home to a condo.  I know our large piano will have to go and it has been quite a dilema deciding what will will replace it.  I am very excited by the information provided in Digital Piano 101.