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’s songs have been performed in Toronto at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and the Canadian National Exhibition by the Canada Pops Orchestra. His music 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. "Anthem for the Unsung Hero," a song from Deane’s fifth album, 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. The film was in tribute to the veterans of World War I, on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of that war.
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. Deane has degrees in Arts and in Law from McGill University and a certificate from the Owner-President Management Program, Harvard Business School. He practised law for 16 years and is the author of an award-winning illustrated history dealing with the investment business, Dry Goods & Pickles, The Story of Nesbitt, Thomson [now BMO Nesbitt Burns].
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