Diane Leah is an experienced pianist, arranger, and Music Director with credits that span forty years in Canadian music. She performed with her own jazz vocal group “Cloudburst” and acted as Music Director for Catherine McKinnon and Don Harron for many years.
Diane’s most recent Music Theatre credits include Seussical (YPT), We Will Rock You (Associate Music Director), and the Global Cabaret Series. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Canadian Theatre awards) for her work on YPT’s production of A Year With Frog and Toad.
As Music Director / pianist for Tony Award-nominated Louise Pitre (Mame, Mama Mia), Diane has performed in various concert formats, from duo to symphony orchestra, throughout Canada and the U.S. She helped create La Vie En Rose, Louise’s most recent show and recording tribute to Edith Piaf, as well as Could You Wait, an original musical Diane created with Louise and Joe Matheson, which has been mounted in several venues across Canada over past five years.
As an accompanist and Musical Director, Diane has worked with a vast array of artists, including Jackie Richardson (Cookin’ at the Cookery), Alana Bridgewater (We Will Rock You), Mark Cassius, Susan Gilmour (Lady Sings The Tunes) and Thom Allison (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Over The Rainbow – CBC television). She was pianist and arranger for Thom’s album “Whole Lotta Sunlight” and recently performed with Thom in a new Broadway tribute concert as well as his seasonal show Shut Up! It’s Christmas.
Diane is Director of Music at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto and has recorded / released three CDs with the MCC Toronto Choir, “House of Love”, “The Choir: Connected”, and their latest, released in the fall of 2012, “These Old Walls”, which is currently available on iTunes. Diane was honoured to act as Musical Director, performing with the choir and several other guests at the Celebration of Life for Jack Layton, former leader of the NDP Party of Canada.
In January of 2013, Diane was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service.