Diana Panton

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Diana Panton
Birth name Diana Ariadne Panton
Born Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Website www.dianapanton.com

Diana Ariadne Panton is a Canadian jazz vocalist. She won the 2015 Juno award for Vocal Jazz Album for Red.[1][2][3] She received three nominations in the same category for her albums If the Moon Turns Green... in 2009,[3] To Brazil with Love in 2012, and Christmas Kiss in 2013. I Believe in Little Things won the 2017 Juno Award for Children's Album of the Year. Her first album, ...Yesterday Perhaps, and her third album, Pink, were awarded Silver Disc Awards by Japan's Jazz Critique magazine.

Panton started her music career as a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands.[4] After hearing her perform with this band, veteran multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson invited her to attend the Banff Centre, where he was a faculty member. This led to Thompson's collaboration on Panton's albums a decade later.[3]

Panton holds a Master's degree in French literature from McMaster University and studied art at the Parsons School in Paris. She teaches French, art, and drama at Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario.[5][3]


Year Album
2005 ...Yesterday Perhaps
2007 If the Moon Turns Green...
2009 Pink
2011 To Brazil with Love
2012 Christmas Kiss
2013 Hidden Gems and Other Keepsakes
2013 Red
2014 My Heart Sings (Live in Taipei, Asia only release)
2015 I Believe in Little Things

On all eight albums, Panton is accompanied by Don Thompson on piano and double bass and Reg Schwager on guitar. Thompson also plays vibraphone on Pink, To Brazil with Love, Christmas Kiss, and I Believe in Little Things.

On Pink and Christmas Kiss, she is accompanied by Guido Basso on flugelhorn, trumpet, and cornet.

On To Brazil with Love, she is accompanied by Maninho Costa on vocals, drums, and percussion, Bill McBirnie on flute, Kiki Misumi on cello, and Silas Silva on drums and percussion.

Phil Dwyer plays saxophone on Red.

Coenraad Bloemendal plays cello on I Believe in Little Things.

Harrison Kennedy sings on "Christmas Kiss" and on "Red".

The version of Pink released in Japan includes one bonus track not found on the Canadian version of this album.

My Heart Sings is a live recording of a concert in Taipei on August 20, 2013.

In addition to the above albums issued under her name, Panton sings on the 2012 Peter Appleyard album, Sophisticated Ladies.


  1. ^ "Red is the winning colour for Hamilton's Diana Panton". Hamilton Spectator. 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Friend, David (29 March 2017). "Five-time Juno nominee Diana Panton moonlights as a school teacher". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Collar, Matt. "Diana Panton". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands Alumni". Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Diana Panton juggles schoolroom and mainstage". Northern Life. 8 September 2015. 

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