Fritz Helder and the Phantoms

Fritz Helder and the Phantoms at CiRCA

I don't know much about Toronto's electronic scene, but one act I can't get enough of is Fritz Helder and the Phantoms. Their act, definitively speaking, isn't new to me. Each show consists of roughly the same set list. Diego and Pastel's choreography hasn't changed. Fritz still wears heels. Silk is still without a shirt. And Fierce is always fiercely present in the background.

Fritz Helder and the Phantoms

However, I plan on attending as many House of Helder nights as possible in 2009, and the years after.

I even spent two hours on the CiRCA dancefloor, among too much hair gel and not enough fabric, waiting for the band to hit the stage (I should know by now: to arrive on time is to arrive at least an hour too early!). When the DJ finally stepped down at around midnight or so, I instantly regretted not having seen the band since summer 2008. Four of the five Phantoms sauntered downstage in Fritzed up business attire, the boys with black fabric covering their necks and mouths. Costumes and makeup are always a big part of the Helder show, and the effect is amazing.

Fritz Helder and the Phantoms

After a quick change on the side of the stage, and the appearance of Fritz's much-loved wig, the concert continued. Diego Superstar schooled us in fabulosity with his "You Ain't Vogue", and the necessary "Making A Scene" had everybody dancing. A new song entitled "All Night Long (In My Louis Vuitton)", with a great chorus by Pastel, was added to the mix. According to Diego, the song is "about girls who feel fierce empowerment in wearing Vuitton". My only disappointment was that the show ended far too soon.

They packed it in after maybe five or six songs, without a couple of my favourites, but it's all the more reason to catch Fritz Helder and the Phantoms next time!

Fritz Helder and the PhantomsFritz Helder and the PhantomsFritz Helder and the PhantomsFritz Helder and the Phantoms

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

Toronto artist Charlotte Day Wilson is featured on Biden's inauguration playlist

Video provides the ultimate sneak peek into Shawn Mendes' Toronto condo

Toronto choir spent 100 hours on this tribute highlighting the city's food banks and shelters

Video of Toronto man screaming at closed Eaton Centre gets metal remix

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello spotted with their adorable puppy in Toronto

People are freaking out over how nice Drake's new yacht is

Toronto bar successfully saves itself after crowdfunding $35,000

15 music venues we lost in Toronto this past year