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 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, young children and chimpanzees, and Legacy of War, featuring veterans of World War II and original film footage from the War. The films have been screened at film festivals in North America and have been picked up by distributors for schools and institutions across the country.
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 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 those in the audience who were interested. 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 started his career as a lawyer, practising law first with a firm and then on his own. He was also involved with the investment business, co-founded an investment management firm and wrote an award-winning illustrated history about an investment bank, Dry Goods & Pickles, The Story of Nesbitt, Thomson [now BMO Nesbitt Burns]. Deane has degrees in Arts and in Law from McGill University and a certificate from the Owner-President Management Program, Harvard Business School.
He was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto. A family man, his other interests have included hiking, kayaking, landscape painting, photography and flying.
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