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Electronic pop chanson Dumas emerged as a critical darling with his 2003 album Le Cours des Jours. Born Steve Dumas in Victoriaville, Quebec, in 1979, he first attracted attention with a breakout performance at the 1999 Festival de la Chanson de Granby. After another acclaimed turn at the 2000 Festival en Chansons de Petite Vallée, he began work on his debut LP, a self-titled effort issued the following year. Le Cours des Jours solidified Dumas as a favorite of the music press, and in 2004 he continued his rapid creative maturation via the score to the film Les Aimants, composed in tandem with Carl Bastien and winner of the annual Félix Award in the Album of the Year category. Dumas resurfaced in late 2006 with his third official LP, Fixer le Temps. ~ Jason Ankeny