REVIEW: cirQlar and Electro Swing Club present The Lost Fingers 22-02-13 by Sanj Takhar


To say I knew what I was getting into this past Friday would be the understatement of the year. Thinking back, it can be summed up into 6 items: Dreadlocks and bowties, piercings and flapper dresses, and electro swing and tech house. Sounds like an odd combination, right? Somehow, it really worked.

On Friday February 22, a new collaboration was made in the bustling city of Toronto between cirQlar and the Electro Swing Club to bring party goers a whole new experience. Hundreds of fans of deep tech house and funky electro swing flocked into Revival nightclub for a night of entertainment, great tunes and a whole lot of dancing. The venue was broken up into two floors, the basement (Smooth Criminals Chamber) contained tech house, garage and drum and bass, while the upstairs (Frisky Business Swing Room), was filled with gypsy jazz, swingin’ bass and electro swing.  To say the least, the whole venue was movin’ and groovin’.

After standing in line for about 15 minutes surrounded by people buzzing to get inside and many exclamations of waiting to see various artists, I walked in to catch the tail end of a burlesque performance put on by the very lovely Mina Lafleur. The crowd was going wild, and the entertainment didn’t stop with her. Followed was a magic show performed by Dylan Studebaker and an aerialist performance on silks by Kadri Hansen. Talk about a full experience in one night!

After spending only 10 minutes inside Revival, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. There was so much to see and experience, at some points I was running in between floors to catch as many acts as I could. In the basement Hans Ohm was dropping a solid drum and bass set while mixing in his signature liquid sound (track highlights can be found below). Spazzmonk followed with a chunky tech house set that had the floor filled and two stepping to the rhythms of some of our favourite techno, french house, and tech house producers. This was followed by the notorious Rollin’ Cash who rinsed out a whimsical set contrasted with dark vibes and uplifting sounds to end the night with his unique turntable abilities.

On the top floor, swing dance lovers united over fun and fast moving music. The headliner, The Lost Fingers, a gypsy jazz music group from Quebec, had the room swinging to their unique covers to classic music, including their hit rendition of Pump Up The Jam. Twirls, jazz fingers and kicking feet were performed by all in attendance, the room filled to the brim with laughter, smiles and singing. After the headliner finished with a gigantic round of applause, medicineman went on to perform a set of electro swing that had the crowd bobbing to the music and dancing to the beat. The closer of the night was Skank Honto, a swingin’ bass dj who has the ability to combine multiple genres into a single set. At many points during the night he dropped old school hip hop classics such as Missy Elliot Get Your Freak On and rap songs such as 50cent In da club with an electro swing background, and was also able to combine a swingin’ bass remix of the top 40 tune Thrift Shop Macklemore.

Some other unique features of the night were at 2:00 a man came around selling roses for people to give their swing partners, and water in pitchers were left on the bar tops for people to pour at their own leisure. Overall, the night seemed to be really well received. From the beginning of the night to the very end smiles were plastered on faces and the rooms were filled with hand holding, hugging and a swing dancing with new and previous partners. This was a special event for me; the new experiences and welcoming crowd made a newcomer to the scene feel extremely welcome. I will most definitely check out a cirQlar and Electro Swing Club event again.

Tracklist Highlights


Hans Ohm

Coming Apart – Dave Owen & Scone Boy

Rise – Big Bud & Greg Packer


Getting Lost – Philip Bader

Octagonal – Luciano

Indian Shot – Sebastian Leger

The Run – Paperplane

Rollin’ Cash

Kebo – Combo (Alex Kenji Remix)

Down Below – Funkwork (Gramatik Remix)


The Lost Fingers

Never Gunna Dance Again – Lost Fingers Cover

Safety Dance – Lost Fingers Cover

Part Time Lover – Lost Fingers Cover

Pump Up the Jam – Lost Fingers Cover


Jive is Good For You – Defunk

California Soul – A.Skillz

Mambo Fever – Lazy River

Skank Honto

Swing Break – McMash Clan

Lunatics – Vent

Sanj Takhar  EDM TOR


About Author

Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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