John Milles
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"Opening for Murray"



"John Milles, the fantastic solo acoustic player, performs with Chris Eveland before Murray McLauchlan "
-St Thomas Times Journal


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- St Thomas Times Journal


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John Milles

Born November 5, 1961 in London Ontario, John was raised in nearby St. Thomas. Son of Jim and Maria Milles, Greek immigrants to Canada, he and his two brothers and sister grew up in the restaurant business. John listened to all types of music growing up, from his parents Greek albums to the best bands of the late 60’s and 70’s. In particular, John loved the music of Cat Stevens.

In 1979 John was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was disabled for a while with vision and mobility problems. While recovering, John purchased his first guitar and started to teach himself how to play. By the mid 80’s John would perform occasionally at the family’s bar and a few local events.

John’s father passed away in 1987 and John put away his guitar for some years to get more involved with the family business. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s when John started playing again. He and some friends put together a house band and performed weekly at the family bar. After 37 years in business the Milles’ decided to close the restaurant and move onto other ventures. John ended up in the car business but carried on with the band, performing at local bars and events. After a few years of juggling both, John again tucked away the guitar for a short period of time.

In 2002 John returned to the music scene as a solo acoustic act performing the songs he loved the most: Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Neil Young and other similar artists. At this point in John’s life, things were going well. He was a manager at a local car dealership and looking forward to his wedding in August.

In 2006 John once again, began having vision problems. He returned to the MS Clinic and began seeing a Neurologist at University Hospital in London. John had developed bilateral optic nerve atrophy and was losing his vision. By February of 2008 John was legally blind and had to leave his job in the car business.

Although struggling with the vision loss, John has had more time for his music. He joined up with Chris Eveland in 2007 and the two have performed several tribute shows at local theatres as well as at local clubs and private functions.

Chris Eveland

Born and raised in St Thomas , Ont., Chris was subjected to music early on as his grandfather was a professional piano tuner. With many pianos in the household, Chris has fond memories of sitting on his grandfather’s lap and hearing classical pieces played brilliantly. Equally as important, he recognized the feeling and emotion that transpired inside him when this music was played. As the years passed, he experimented with his parent’s vinyl collection: ABBA, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to name a few.

Christmas of 1987 came along and with his new cassette player came a cassette that would change his life. Like millions of others, Chris became infected with the Van Halen virus. Playing the tape over and over, the leads, scrapes, and pure emotion entered his soul and has not let go.

At the young age of 17, after many lessons and countless hours of what some call practice (Chris calls it pleasure) Chris was out playing the clubs and by 18 he was recording in the studio. Some of the bands Chris has been in or associated with are: Flipside; Cheap Thrills; Dan Rivard; Release; Plum Crazy; Hog Wild; Sarah Westbrook; After the Lounge; Las Vegas World Champion Elvis, Roy LeBlanc; Hooligans Holiday; Lucky 13 and Aaron Walpole (3rd place Canadian Idol contestant). Chris has shared the stage and opened for many of Canada's great artists such as Colin James, the Road Hammers, Allannah Myles, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Jeff Healey, Amanda Marshall, Kim Mitchell and Harem Scarem to name just a few.

Whether in a band or as a "hired gun", Chris has been on many recordings, some nationally distributed and he has played almost every nook and cranny in Ontario , Quebec , Eastern Canada , as well as countless charity and fund raising events.

When asked about his musical highlights Chris will tell you: "playing the John Labatt Centre and Centennial Hall to sold out crowds was unbelievable, I am very grateful and I am always looking forward to the next show!"