Antoine Dufour est un guitariste acoustique québécois né dans la petite ville de l'Épiphanie.
Ses compositions, qui allient exploration, imagination et dextérité, mêlent les grooves funk et les progressions rock aux mélodies du folk.
Antoine Dufour a commencé à jouer de la guitare à l'âge de 15 ans. Il a étudié au cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette. C'est là où il a écouté la musique de Leo Kottke, de Don Ross et de Michael Hedges. Il a gagné la deuxième position au Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Contest 2005. Il s'est donné en spectacle au Festival international de jazz de Montréal lors de la 26e édition et au Canadian guitar festival. Il remporta lors de ce dernier évènement le 1er prix du championnat en Fingerstyle Guitar. Il a également joué avec International Guitar Night où il y avait Brian Gore, Andrew White et Peppino D'Agostino. Ensemble, ils ont fait une tournée à travers le Canada, puis ils ont enregistré un album compilant les chansons des 4 guitaristes. Il est l'auteur de trois albums, Naissance, Development et Existence, ce troisième album étant paru en 2008. Antoine joue souvent en duo avec le violoniste Tommy Gauthier.
Antoine Dufour is emerging as one of Canadas young stars of acoustic, fingerstyle guitar. With a recent Candyrat release «Existence», his third CD of complete original material that was released to critical acclaim, along with appearances and awards at major festivals, Antoine is building a national reputation for innovation and creativity. He has been touring across Canada in 2006 and Scotland and England in 2007 as a member of the International Guitar Night, an all-star evening of the best original guitarists/composers in North America. He also toured United States with Andy Mckee, Don Ross, Craig D'Andrea, Pete Ciluzzi and Eric Turnbull. He also share the stage with his good friend Tommy Gauthier on violin, bouzouki and mandoline.
Dufour was born in the little town of l'Epiphanie, near Montreal. He started playing guitar at the age of 15. He studied Classical guitar at the CEGEP of Joliette, where his teacher made him listen to Leo Kottke, Don Ross and Michael Hedges. His life and his vision of the guitar changed, and since then he has been completely devoted to fingerstyle steel string guitar. His musical style is a mix of the powerful rhythms of rock, the sensibility of classical music, funky grooves, some mellow progressive moods and pure folk melodies.
Dufour competed at the 2005 Canadian Guitar Festival, where he was awarded 2nd prize in the Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and won first place in 2006. He placed third at the 2006 International Finger Style Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. He has appeared in concert and given workshops throughout Quebec, produced a DVD in 2007 featuring himself and Andy Mckee. Dufours style continues to develop, bounded only by his imagination and his technical dexterity. As he says, the acoustic guitar is an instrument which has a very rich sound, and offers infinite possibilities to the player.