The Lost Fingers

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The Lost Fingers
The Lost Fingers at Festival Franco-Ontarien, composite of band.jpg
The Lost Fingers at Festival franco-ontarien in Ottawa on June 2009. From left to right, Alex Morrissette, Christian Roberge, and Byron Mikaloff.
Background information
Origin Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Genres Gypsy jazz
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Tandem Records
Website The Lost Fingers
Members Alex Morissette
Valérie Amyot
Byron Mikaloff
François Rioux

The Lost Fingers is a Canadian gypsy jazz music group formed in Quebec City. Its members are Alex Morissette (backing vocals, double bass), François Rioux (guitar), Valérie Amyot (Vocals) and Byron "Maiden" Mikaloff (Vocals, guitar).

Lost in the 80s, their 2008 debut album, earned a platinum certification for sales of 100,000 within Quebec alone within 12 weeks of its release.[1][2] Canadian distribution outside Quebec began on 27 January 2009, after which the album's sales reached 200,000.[1] Internationally, Lost in the 80's has been released in over eight countries including the USA, Belgium, France, Mexico, Switzerland and Spain.[3] In terms of 2008 domestic sales by Canadian artists, this album was second only to Nickelback's Dark Horse.[4][5] Their second album Rendez-vous rose was released on 16 June 2009 and features versions of successful French-language songs. Rendez-vous Rose officially reached gold album status in 2009 selling over 45,000 albums.[6]

The band's name was inspired by gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt who lost the use of two fingers following a fire.[4]

In 2009, the group was nominated for two Juno Awards in the categories of Fan Choice Award and Album of the Year based on the success of their debut release.

Their fourth album La Marquise was released 21 November 2011 on record label Tandem.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • 2008: Lost in the 80s
  • 2009: Rendez-vous rose
  • 2010: Gypsy Kameleon
  • 2011: La Marquise #82 CAN[8]
  • 2014: Wonders of the World

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rea, Cormac (8 October 2009). "Attack of manouche". Ottawa XPress. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ Wilton, Lisa (27 January 2011). "The Lost Fingers knuckle down for hits". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Bill (3 September 2009). "The Lost Fingers are 'the hottest thing in Quebec'". Sudbury Northern Life. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b Leijon, Erik (6 February 2009). "Lost Fingers Bring Manouche To Masses". Chart/CHARTattack. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  5. ^ Gold and Platinum certification at CRIA, July 2008
  6. ^ Perusse, Bernard (6 July 2009). "The Lost Fingers find inspiration in francophone hits". Canwest News Service. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/la-marquise-r2335192
  8. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html

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