One Day in the Greater Toronto Area: rapper D.O. Gibson

Guinness World Record-setting rapper and author shares his favourite spots to dine in the GTA

Being a two-time Guinness World Record-setting rapper, author, music executive and motivational speaker who has inspired hundreds of thousands of youth, D.O. Gibson is a creative that never rests on his laurels.

Before diving into his recent music releases, you might be wondering how an artist achieves a GWR. Gibson did so impressively by freestyling for 8 hours and 45 minutes. Whoa!

The talented rapper has performed around the globe, but is especially proud of his one-part motivational, one-part performance shows which he's done at 3,500+ schools across Canada. In 2023, D.O. Gibson completed a 100-show cross-Canada Black Canadian history school tour as well as put on a large-scale virtual conference, which was attended by over one hundred thousand youth from across Canada.

His latest single "Appreciate Ya" was released in May and the song is meant to serve as a homage to single mothers of mixed children who have faced and continue to face challenges and stigmas.

While he was born in Saskatchewan and boasts Cape Breton roots, D.O. Gibson has long called Ontario home. From a casual pub with plenty of character to a charming Italian eatery in Vaughan, here are D.O. Gibson's favourite restaurants in the GTA.



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I love going to Java House in downtown Toronto. They do a great classic breakfast that also includes a small salad which is a nice addition.

Also, you can’t beat the prices! It’s a very affordable breakfast and I love being able to sit outdoors and people watch while enjoying a great meal.


I love the Cookie Crumble Café in Kleinburg (GTA). They make the best Italian sandwiches.

I love going for lunch and getting a sandwich and a nice espresso. Can’t go wrong!


Grazies is my favourite restaurant and it's located in Woodbridge (Vaughan, GTA). The Italian food here is absolutely amazing, but what I really love about the place is their service. My man, Francisco, is an incredible server.

This is our go-to place for a celebration. My kids love to celebrate important events here. 


When I want to go for a drink, I’ll go to the The Burg Pub. It’s an old school pub, but with a twist–as it's vibrant and the patio is great.

I love sipping on an espresso martini here. 

Watch: D.O. Gibson - Appreciate Ya Featuring JRDN (Official Audio)