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Milenkoff moving on to see the world



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If Milenkoff’s mission was to establish The Boot as a live music venue, his mission has been accomplished. Now he plans to travel for the next 12 months. After seven years of being knee-deep in the resort life, he says it’s time.

"Would I recommend the resort life? It depends," Milenkoff said. "It’s not for everybody. It’s very difficult to save any money. But the biggest thing that’s ever happened in my life was getting married. I met my wife here in Whistler. We were married at Nicklaus North May 23, 1998.

"But I learned a lot and I’m taking a lot with me. Public relations in music and everything that goes with it is one of the toughest things to leave. But dealing with between four and 10 people each week for live bands… agents and other people. I can see why people book DJs. It certainly simplifies the process."

Milenkoff says he owes a lot to people like Boot owner Ben Horne, and a staff who are more like family than employees. And one other factor has made live music easier at The Boot.

"I have to give a lot of credit to e-sound: Pip Euinton and Scott Young. Without all their professional know-how and patience, the sound would be nowhere near as good. They made the room," Milenkoff said.

"And now that the Thursday jam has started again, and Pip is taking care of that, we bring out the big stage and we get quality musicians coming in. The place is packed."

So now it’s off to spend Christmas in Ottawa with his family, then in the new year it’s Paris and Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia, then Sydney, Australia by March to travel Down Under and get to know his wife’s family. After six or seven months, it’s back to Europe for two months with no set plans.

"It will be good to be on the other side of the desk for a change," he admitted. I mean, you have to deal with so many people all the time. My wife and I have no kids, so it’s a good time to do this."