Deane Nesbitt Jr. is a Canadian musician, composer and recording artist. His music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America. 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, reaching one of the top three positions on each. Subsequently, his composition, Angels of the Ice, was included in the Philby Hot 100 Songs of 2016.
His music has been performed in Toronto at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and the Canadian National Exhibition by the Canada Pops Orchestra. It was also 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.
Deane's Anthem for the Unsung Hero became the soundtrack for a short film made by True Patriot Love, Canada's largest fundraiser for members of the military and their families. The film was in tribute to the veterans of World War I, on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of that war. Deane has just completed the soundtrack for a short film featuring Dr. Jane Goodall and young children helping to raise money for her cause. The film, Change for Chimps, is presently touring film festivals in North America. Deane also has several music videos featuring his compositions.
Deane plays the piano and other keyboards entirely by ear and does not read music. In his twenties, he regularly entertained people with visual impairments with his piano playing. Using the raised keys as a type of Braille, he found he could teach piano to people who could not see. His first album, On the Black Keys and by Ear, was produced to raise money for the blind. After his first album, Deane entertained repeatedly in Europe, where he met and played for Hollywood legend, Greta Garbo.
Deane was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto. A family man, his other interests have included hiking, kayaking, landscape painting, photography and flying, He is also the author of an award-winning illustrated history, copies of which are on file at the National Library of Canada and the Library of Congress.