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Dumas, one of Quebec’s favourite musicians, is certainly one of the most gifted and prolific singer-songwriters of his generation. Following his wins at Festival international de la chanson de Granby in 1999 and Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée in 2000, he released his first album, a self-titled opus that landed on the 10-best lists of a number of Quebec music critics for 2001. In April 2003, Dumas released his second album, Le cours des jours, to great popular and critical success. He then spent several months performing in Quebec’s top venues, and finished the year off with an electrifying opening slot on tour with the popular band Cowboys Fringants in Montreal’s Bell Centre, in front of 20,000 enthusiastic fans.

In 2004, Dumas was nominated in two of the ADISQ Awards top categories – Rock Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. In the winter of 2004, with Carl Bastien, he wrote the music for Yves Pelletier’s Les Aimants, a score that went on to garner the 2005 Soirée des Jutra’s Best Film Music award and the 2009 ADISQ award for Album of the Year – Original Soundtrack. In May 2004, Dumas released an EP of four original songs titled Ferme la radio (Turn Off The Radio) of which he was the sole songwriter, producer and music creator.

In the fall of 2005, besides winning the important ADISQ award for Singer-Songwriter’s Concert of the Year for his solo show, Dumas saw the release of Le cours des jours in France. Meanwhile, the Quebec promotional tour for this gold-certified album was a blazing success, with additional concert series and dates in Quebec’s top venues. In the summer of 2005, Dumas was appointed spokesperson for the ROSEQ Summer Tour while receiving the Rapsat-Lelièvre Award. In July, he performed in the Spa (Belgium) FrancoFolies Festival.

In 2006, Dumas released his third album, Fixer le temps, a self-written rocking collection of frenetic harmonic bravura co-produced by Carl Bastien and Louis Legault. The ensuing show enjoyed a whopping 30 performances at Montreal’s Le National.

Following his appointment as the spokesperson for the 39th annual Festival international de la chanson de Granby in 2007, Dumas received no less than six nominations in October of that year at the ADISQ Awards, where he was also a guest performer. In the wake of the FNAC-organized Festival Indétendances at Paris-Plage, where he performed a much-noticed showcase, Dumas took his full show to La Cigale in Paris on November 26, 2007, to publicize the French release of his album Fixer le temps, which also received a gold certification. At the 2008 SOCAN Awards, Dumas received a Pop Award honouring the most performed Francophone songs in Quebec for “Au gré des saisons.”

In December 2009, he released TRACES, the end result of a project undertaken a year earlier almost to the day. Dumas is now returning from full year in the studio for the production of four limited-edition albums entitled Nord, Rouge, Demain and Au bout du monde. With spectacular discipline, the artist has produced more than 40 songs during this creative retreat, and the verdict of fans and music critics is unanimous : mission accomplished. Dumas has now embarked on another major Quebec tour.

Performances/news this month
March 19 - Lachine, Quebec, Pavillon de l’Entrepôt Theatre, Guy-Descary Cultural Centre
March 26 - Sorel, Quebec, Georges-Cordling Hall
April 9 - Brossard, Quebec, L’Étoile DIX30


TRACES (2009)
Rouge (2009)
Demain (2009)
Au bout du monde (2009)
Nord (2008)
Fixer le temps (2006)
Ferme la radio (2004)
Le cours des jours (2003)
Dumas (2001)

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