The Lost Fingers

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The Lost Fingers
The Lost Fingers at Festival Franco-Ontarien, 0276.jpg
The Lost Fingers at Festival Franco-Ontarien (2009)
Background information
Origin Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Genres Gypsy Jazz
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Independent Records
Associated acts One Ton & Bunka Busta
Website The Lost Fingers
Members Alex Morissette
Valérie Amyot
Byron Mikaloff
François Rioux
Past members Christian Roberge

The Lost Fingers are a Canadian gypsy jazz music group formed in Quebec City in 2006 by Alex Morissette (backing vocals, double bass), Byron "Maiden" Mikaloff (Vocals, guitar) and Christian Roberge (Vocals, guitar). In 2014, after the departure of Christian Roberge, two new members joined the group: François Rioux (guitar) and Valérie Amyot (Vocals).

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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