George Halpern had made his reputation as “Georgie Bones” known as a skilled blues guitarist, singer-songwriter—and mean harmonica player. He performs a very successful tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn with his band Cold Shot. In 2021, he was awarded a life membership by the Toronto Musicians Association. The award cites his “solidarity with…fellow musicians, which helps us to grow as a musicians’ community and achieve fair working conditions and dignity as working musicians.”

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Besides being an entrepreneur and salesman, he has been a data technician. He lives in Vancouver with his beloved partner Joan Schultz, and has two grown children. From School to Sky: Joseph’s Tale of War is his first book.