Giovanni McDonald

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Giovanni McDonald is a DJ, university level Varsity Soccer Coach, and the Co-Founder of a progressive, lifestyle entertainment company called Scenes Group. They specialize in event curation and experiential marketing.

He was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica until age 14 before migrating to Canada with his family. As a kid Gio was always outgoing and different from the others. He discovered his entrepreneurial skills at 6 when his first business was making and selling book markers from his drawings to teachers. Around the same time he began playing drums at church and developed love for music through influencing a crowd. 

Gio has always been inspired by his parents, but also some celebrities including Kobe Bryant, P. Diddy and Elon Musk. Some things he’s learned is to overcome all of life’s obstacles by keeping an open mind and staying focused. He played almost every sport growing up but enjoyed soccer the most. One of the biggest setbacks of his career was in 2014 when he broke his ankle and needed surgery midseason. Many including himself thought he would never compete again, but surprised everyone when he captained the team to the Provincial Championships the following year. 

Some of Gio’s other accomplishments are being featured by RapSeason, named as one of the official DJ’s for NXNE and Coach of the Year in 2018, and having over 100k SoundCloud streams on a mix. He’s currently working on a few new professional ventures which he’ll reveal when the time is right, but for now we can expect to see and hear more of these mixes in 2019.

His advice to others is to be open to advice, and enjoy. Be sure to follow Giovanni on Instagram @gio_humilium.