George Michael McMillan was born in Oshawa, Ontario on May 6, 1954.
His influences growing up was his Grandfather Stanley who played the Zimbala , his father George McMillan Sr. played the D flat flute with the Oshawa, Ontario flute bands and his mother Betty McMillan who was a semi professional singer at an early age. Later on George played the C flute with his dad in the Oshawa parades.
His parents bought his first guitar at Eaton’s (an F hole Pyramid), at 15 years of age. From that day on there was no turning back. He was hooked!
By the time 1969 rolled around his influences then were bands like: Led Zepplin, Moody Blues, The Beatles, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck and Harry Nielsen...just to mention a few.
With these excellent musicians and bands music flowing through his head, he started to write and sing original music by the early age of 16, and joined the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada or SOCAN in early 70’s.
Around that early age George helped run the Youth Centre in Pickering, advising, and showing teen’s lessons in music. George also taught guitar at the local YMCA in Whitby.
In 1969 he started jamming with musicians from school, and was always looking for ways to play live in concerts and clubs throughout Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby and Pickering. Hey anyone remember the Carousel off the 401 in Oshawa? Well he played there with the band Thor.
The first band he played with was Mill Water this was in 1972. By then he was becoming an excellent guitar player, and known within the industry.
Then there was Thor in 1974- George was Guitar Player & writer in this 1st touring band.
Around 1976 George was in a band called Messiahba also the Guitar Player & Writer.
Let’s jump to 1987, everything in between is family and friends related and there’s still a book to be written there! Still lots of song’s & music being created through those years.
Electric Heat was a band created by George and Brian Vanderstock. This band was later transformed with different musicians into Cage Rage and Brian was still the base player with this band.
So in 1987 the band Caged Rage was formed. This was a three piece band that performed all original music. In 1994 the band recorded a CD called No Mono. Caged Rage disbanded in 1997. He also recorded with the Howe Stanley Blues Reactor Band and other studio and film projects.
In early 2000 George created the band called Silvercreek with his long friend of about 40 years, Paul Brett as drummer. George & Paul thought a long time had passed and that it was time to rebuild a new concept band. So concentrating on top 40 classics, rock from the 50’s and to current artists, the band was always consciences of volume and concentrated on harmonizing, great emotional impact and having fun! The band ran for over 5 years when it disbanded.
In late 2011 George released his solo CD called “In A Still World” which is receiving great reviews. The CD is live off the floor of his original music. George has pursued his dreams and after all these years is going on his own. There was a great amount of love and support from family and friends for George to release his music, and this has helped him along his journey.
Never give up on what your dreams are not matter what age you are. Always go with your heart. If you are true to yourself you can make it work.