Deane Nesbitt Jr. is a Canadian musician, composer and recording artist. His music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His latest CD, Music in Search of a Movie, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World Music, reaching one of the top three positions on each.
Recently Deane composed the soundtracks for two short films:
Change for Chimps, featuring Dr. Jane Goodall, which has won an award for Most Uplifting Film at a film festival in Baltimore, Maryland, and an award for Best Family Film at a film festival in Saint John, New Brunswick, and
Legacy of War, featuring veterans of World War II and original film footage from the War. The film was screened on November 11 at the Canadian War Museum, in observance of Remembrance Day.
Deane’s music has been performed in Toronto at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and the Canadian National Exhibition by the Canada Pops Orchestra. It has also been performed in Toronto by The Royal Regiment of Canada in a special concert in tribute to the veterans of World War I, entitled Till the Boys Come Home.
"Anthem for the Unsung Hero," a song from Deane’s Music in Search of a Movie, became the soundtrack for a short film made by True Patriot Love, Canada's largest fundraiser for members of the military and their families, in tribute to the veterans of World War I. "Anthem for the Unsung Hero (At Sunset)," from the same album, was used in Change for Chimps.
Deane’s new album, Soundtracks in the Sand, will be released in January 2019.
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Soundtracks in the Sand Now Available
"Soundtracks in the Sand" was inspired by films that contain Deane's music. The album includes African, Caribbean, Mexican, Celtic and North American influences.
Deane's music has formed the soundtrack from two recent films, Change for Chimps featuring Jane Goodall and Legacy of War, featuring World War II Veterans and original footage from the war. The music from these films is included on this new CD, together with other original compositions.
Music composed by Deane Nesbitt Jr.
Arranged by Brian Gagnon and Deane Nesbitt Jr.
Piano and Keyboards by Deane Nesbitt Jr. and Brian Gagnon
Produced by Brian Gagnon
Featuring Cesco Emmanuel (Guitar), Ian Goodtimes (Bagpipes), Daphne Nesbitt (Lead Vocals), Deborah Quigley (Uilleann Pipes) and Ira Zingraff (Trumpet)
Change for Chimps wins Best Family Film
We are delighted to announce that Change for Chimps has won the award for Best Family Film at the Canada Shorts film festival! This is the film’s second award. In 2017, it won the Most Uplifting Film award at the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival in Philadelphia.
The movie follows 10-year-old Kendra, whose love for chimpanzees takes her on a journey to help chimps live in the jungles with their families, “where they belong.” She raises money, collects signatures and inspires her classmates to get involved, never realizing that it will result in meeting her hero - Dr. Jane Goodall!
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