Mostly self-taught, John Millard has been active in the Canadian music and theatre scenes for the last twenty years. Early private studies with Fred Stone and Richard Pochinko have led to a lifetime in theatre and music. He has toured Canada and Europe with his bands The Polka Dogs and John Millard & Happy Day. He has released five cd‘s.
John has worked with many Canadian theatre companies including: Shaw Festival, Theatre Columbus, Volcano, Mulgrave Road Co-op, The National Theatre School, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Canadian Stage Company, Necessary Angel and Caravan Farm Theatre to name a few.
In April of 2008 John was the music director for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France. He was also music director for the Kurt Weill and Stan Rogers songbooks at the Global Cabaret in October 2009 and 2011 and at the PEN Congress in Tokyo for Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood”.
Recent theatre includes the Barber of Seville for Soulpepper, The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw at Summerworks 2013, The Dog and the Angel for Theatre Columbus and John & Waleed with Waleed Abdulhamid for Cahoots Theatre.