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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?


What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?

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

Chorizo + Mushroom Hash



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


Twitter: @earlsrestaurant

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

By: Richard Wolak

2nd Annual Tasting Plates Downtown Vancouver

On February 20th we presented the 2nd Annual downtown edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver event that showcased 9 restaurants, cafes, & food trucks.

The evening began inside of Vancouver Fanclub where guests registered and picked up their Tasting Plates Cards and then enjoyed listening to Musician Gio Levy. Guests were treated to a Tasting Plate at Vancouver Fanclub then dispersed to the various participating restaurants to taste a multitude of dishes representing many different types of cuisine that included savoury and sweet!


Vancouver Fanclub MENU

1) Hickory Smoked Spiced Chicken Wings:

Low smoked grilled wings with choice of barbeque or honey garlic sauce.

2) Mac & Cheese:

Macaroni with smoked cheddar cheese, topped with in-house smoked pulled pork.

3) Warm Mini Donuts:

Prepared in-house and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Drizzled with a chocolate Kahlua sauce.

Lolitas MENU 

1) Slow roasted beer braised beef taquitos.

2) Pulled achiote chicken and spinach flautists wrapped in blue corn tortillas.

3) Crispy quinoa and corn fritters with charred cherry tomato and zucchini mojo.

Pink Elephant Thai MENU

1) Alberni mango wrap

2) Shrimp ball

3) Green curry chicken with noodles

4) Larb pork with crispy wontons

Betty on Burrard MENU

1) To Die For Banana Bread ( + Spiked Coffee

2) Delish Gluten Free ( + Spiked Coffee

Soho Road MENU

1) Butter Chicken Naan Kebab

2) Mixed Vegetable Subji

3) Tandoori Chicken

4) Hariali Chicken

Zacharys on Robson MENU

1) Potato Bites

3 cajun dusted potato balls infused with maple smoked bacon, red onion,

cheddar cheese & fresh dill.  Ranch sauce to dip

2) Mighty Meatballs

3 citrus tinged meatballs dipped in an unforgettable Moroccan BBQ sauce

3) Scallops Poutine

Fries topped with scallops simmered in a tomato sauce and garnished with

parmesan cheese and savory gravy.

Le Tigre Food Truck MENU

a sample plate of Beet Fries, Brussel sprout Cauliflower Salad, and Miso Chowder

Red Card Sports Bar + eatery MENU

1) Poutine Italiano

2) Margherita Flatbread

3) Italian Sausage Flatbread

Soirette Macaron & Tea MENU

1) Coconut and Braised Pear Mousse Macaron dessert

2) Pink Grapefruit & Jasmine Tea Pâte de Fruit

3) Thyme Sablé

The restaurants, cafes and food trucks featured many unique and tasty dishes to our guests to eat and drink throughout the evening both inside and outside.

Thank you to our photographer Alvin Lee for capturing the night so well (see more photos here)

By: Richard Wolak

Summer Party at Nooch

On Tuesday August 2nd I attended a Latin Barbq Summer Party on the lawn outside of Nooch Snack & Chill in Richmond. The cooks were grilling up chicken and seafood tacos and peaches!

Chicken & Seafood Tacos, Grilled Peach, Mango Ice Tea

Inside Nooch, there was new art on the walls by local artist Luis Lopa.

Gio Levy performing

Gio Levy, local singer & songwriter played tunes from his most recent album to a wonderful crowd of customers in the neighbourhood.

Visit Nooch Snack & Chill Mon-Fri at 105-3757 Jacombs Road in Richmond or on twitter @Noochsc

By: Richard Wolak

Taste the World

On February 22nd we presented Taste The World that showcased 6 restaurants from around Vancouver as well as entertainment at Venue.

Gio Escueta (aka Gio Levy)

Sangre Morena

Guests tasted delicious Indian food from Atithi, Carribean dishes from Calabash Bistro, Mexican treats from Dona Cata, Thai delicacies from Charm Modern Thai, tasty street food from Fresh Local Wild and ate their way around France from Bentons Cheese!

Atithi Indian Restaurant

Calabash Bistro

Dona Cata

Charm Modern Thai

Bentons Cheese

Entertainment included an outstanding musical performance by Gio Escueta aka Gio Levy, Latin music by Sangre Morena, DJ Jaala Wanless spinning vinyl beats throughout the night, Sulochana Dance Academy, and Thai Dancers.

Dustin Timms

DJ Jaala Wanless

Dustin Timms created a painting live throughout the night that was auctioned off by Simone Grewal with proceeds to charity.

More photos here.

The event was co-produced by AM Ventures & Vancouver Foodster.

By: Richard Wolak

Photo Credit: Noam Dehan & Miriam Kleingeltink

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