Meet Vancouver-based drag entertainer, Gia Metric…
Are you trapped in the house and following the federal and provincial governments guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19? So are we! That’s why we’ve planned something fun for Thursday evening to help bring a little light to your week. Tune into IN‘s Instagram account (@inmagazineca) on Thursday evening as we go LIVE for a Q&A and performance with our friend, Gia Metric. Audience members will be able to tip Gia throughout the performance, via a pinned linked in the comments. Excited? So are we! Tune in at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST live on Instagram.
In the meantime… get to know Gia!
Tell us who you are and what you do!
My name is Giorgio Triberio AKA. Gia Metric. I am a Drag Entertainer in Vancouver, BC
What are you currently working on?
Gears have definitely shifted since COVID-19 made its mark on the world, but it has been a good time to experiment and channel energy into projects I never made the time for or things I maybe wasn’t confident enough to do. My number one priority is to stay connected with my friends, family and fans. I have been staying connected by posting more content (My best friend Kendall said I have posted more in the last 2 weeks than I have in 2 years. She’s not wrong and i’m loving it), hosting/participating in online shows, and collaborating with artists who don’t live in the same city as I do. This week I am launching my new show “GIA SINGING IN THE SHOWER” where you can catch me LIVE on Instagram singing live in my shower. It is quite a funny concept! Haha
When I first thought of the idea it was a complete joke. I taped a yogurt container to my shower wall to film me singing one day and then I realized it was a brilliant idea for an at-home show! My mom loves the concept, so I know its a win! Love u mom! Tune into my show Tuesday, April 7 at 6PM PST on Instagram LIVE (@gia.metric).
What is your favourite thing about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community?
I truly believe the universe brought me to Vancouver for a reason and I am meant to be here. When I first moved to Vancouver from Toronto, I didn’t really know the feeling of community as I wasn’t treated very nicely back then. Now, the feeling is something I cherish because it can’t be replaced and when it breaks it is hard to fix. My favourite thing about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, especially as a drag performer, is the energy we have when we are all together; it truly is amazing. We are a bunch strong-willed individuals who have loud voices and we aren’t afraid to use them. We fight for what we want, when it’s right and we spread love along the way. For me, my community has become my family. My mom, dad and sister, who all support me to the moon and back, all live back home in Toronto so my girls are all I have here! I feel so lucky to be here!
How do you inspire or make a difference in the LGBTQ+ community?
It’s an interesting thing to think about, but I am a role model in my community. Woah! It is actually really amazing to say that out loud. I just did it for the first time in a long time and it put a smile on my face. Being a Drag Performer is more than just getting dressed up and twirling on stage, it is about creating safe spaces and welcoming people inside, spreading love and of course entertaining. Drag isn’t supposed to be taken too seriously, but we do have a responsibility. We have a responsibility to keep our rich history alive, and to create new ones while living out our fantasies. I’ve had a weekly stage for the past 5 years where I have grown up in front of hundreds of people, and I am so thankful for the experience. Sorry I rambled a little. Haha
I hope to inspire my community by keeping an open heart, challenging myself to evolve my art, being genuine and building strong, meaningful connections with those who cheer me on. Another thing I’m passionate and proud about is speaking openly about Mental Health. I struggle day to day with anxiety that comes in many forms and let me tell you it is not easy. It’s exhausting and some days are better than others, but speaking out and sharing my story has changed my life. I went from driving myself crazy in my head to having conversations with people who experience similar things. I encourage others to join the conversation and to share their stories. It really just takes one person to say “ I see you. I hear you” to feel a little bit stronger because you know you’re not alone. It really warms my heart to know I can make a difference and that people look up to me. I am here to be a leader and I believe my purpose in life is to make people smile.
How does the community inspire you [OR] Who is someone who inspires you?
Everyone that I surround myself with inspires me and I hope I do the same for them. All my friends are creative, positive people who work hard for what they want. Our community has reached a point where we all coexist with each other while being successful and supporting each other. It is quite beautiful. There is no better feeling than to feel accepted and loved, and that’s how I feel in Vancouver. I love my community. Right now we are all feeling the effects of COVID-19, but we aren’t letting it tear us apart. We are checking in on each other, being creative with each other and when this is all over we will be stronger than ever. I hope that answers the question properly.
Quick… Favourite movie, song, and book!
Song: “ARTPOP” by Lady GaGa (I’m listening to it right now)
Book: The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
How can people find out more about you, or follow you online?
Great question, I don’t mind a shameless plug! Haha You can find me on Instagram at @gia.metric, on Twitter at @gia_metric and when things are back to normal you can find me and the dolls every Thursday at The Junction for BRATPACK! For bookings and Inquiries, please e-mail: email@example.com. Want my digits too? Haha