Brunch with Gio Levy at Earls Restaurant

Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.

For my Fifty Fifth brunch in this series, I was joined by Gio Levy,  Singer and Songwriter over Brunch at Earls Restaurant in Richmond talking about music, food and more.

Gio Levy

Gio Levy

Gio Levy is a singer/songwriter who was raised in Richmond, BC where he has become known for performing and writing songs with a mixture of Pop, R&B and Funk. His music career fast forwarded in December 2011, when he sang with an ensemble opening for Brian McKnight at the Orpheum in Vancouver. That same year, MuchMusic and Coca Cola collaborated to host the very first MuchMusic & Coke Covers Contest. With thousands of submissions from all over Canada, Gio was chosen as one of the top 10 contestants to compete for the grand prize.

Levy’s songs have been heard and streamed through CJSF 90.1 FM and CiTR 101.9 FM. Gio has also been featured and played on popular community stations including Juan Radio 96.1FM and Y57 100.5FM. In April 2013, Samsung took a liking to Gio during his audition for the Galaxy S4 Release Party and decided to take him on as an opening act. Gio got to share the stage with Montreal based indie-pop/rock group, Stars, at the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station.

In November 2013, Gio released his highly anticipated EP, LIPS , which is now available on iTunes.

You can follow Gio Levy on Twitter @giolevymusic

Did you always want to be a singer?

I always thought I was going to go into business. Initially I wanted to have a tech company or something else business related. I ended up going into sales when I was 22 and worked at Telus and selling hotel furniture. One day I decided that I wanted to get into music and quite my job.

What style of music do you sing and perform?

Pop, R & B, Acoustic

What is your instrument of choice?

Acoustic guitar and voice

How did you learn to Play the Guitar?

I started reading guitar tabs online “Tears in Heaven” was the 1st song I started to play which I did by ear, listening and watching.

Do you come from a musical family?

Yes, my uncles in my dad’s side are all musicians, well 5 out of 7 are.

Are there any musicians who have influenced your musical career? If so who?

  • Michael Jackson
  • Queen
  • Brian McNight
  • Stevie Wonder

What type of music did you listen to growing up?

Rock & Roll, everything from Led Zeppelin and ACDC, to Deep Purple and Michael Jackson

Who are your top 3 favourite singers currently?

  1. Lianne La Havas
  2. Daley
  3. Bruno Mars

If you could tell me about 3 of your favourite concerts of all time which ones would those be?

  1. Stevie Wonder
  2. Jason Mraz
  3. Allen Stone

If you could tell me about 3 of your favourite concerts of all time which ones would those be?

  1. Stevie Wonder
  2. Jason Mraz
  3. Allen Stone

What Cuisine do you like?

Japanese

What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?

  • Tokyo Joes
  • Cascade Room
  • Pho Ten
Chorizo + Mushroom Hash

Chorizo + Mushroom Hash

Frittata

Frittata

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls

Gio had the Chorizo + Mushroom Hash with poached eggs, crispy fried potatoes, avocado, field mushrooms, hollandaise; and Richard had the Frittata in a skillet with field mushrooms, grape tomatoes, goat cheese. Complimentary cinnamon rolls are served with bruncb which we shared.

What do you want your listeners to feel from listening to your music?

I want them to be able to communicate and relate to me.

What do you do in your off time?

  • Watch Japanese anime
  • Gym
  • Play music

Who are your mentors?

Pharrell Williams

What inspires you now?

Other artists and musicians

What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?

  • New CD in Spring 2014
  • June 5th concert at the Tom Lee Music Hall

 

Style: A La Carte

Attire: Casual

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 2pm

Earls Restaurant

304 – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond

Tel: (604)303-9702

Web: http://www.earls.ca/

Twitter: @earlsrestaurant

Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak