By now, OVO Fest has become one of the most popular music festivals in the world, annually attracting thousands of people to Toronto.
FoundedÂ by musical artist Drake in 2010, it has grown in size and musical talent, featuring such artists as Rihanna, J.Cole, and Kanye West. Although most people attribute the success of OVO to Drake, there are many hardworking people behind the scenes that make this brandÂ the success it is! One of these peopleÂ is Drex Jancar, a native Torontonian whoÂ has been a big part of our city’sÂ music scene since 2006. Currently the Director ofÂ OVO Fest, Co-founder and CFO of Remix Project and Manager of artist Majid Jordan, Drex Jancar is clearlyÂ a man of great ambition.
Drex will be one of the speakers at IGNITE Real Talks on October 19. Here are some reasons you should definitely hear his talk.
1. Started from the bottom…
Anyone looking for an inspirational story aboutÂ small businesses making it big? Then look no further then Drex Jancar! He has anÂ impressive resume of innovative ventures that have been veryÂ success. One of his most notable start-ups included the Remix Project, a non-profit organization launched in 2006 out of Toronto. This small organization helps at-risk Toronto youth by providing them with skills to thrive in the field of creative arts. In a shortÂ time, this ventureÂ grew to accommodate more students andÂ even expanded to the city of Chicago. It is a testament to the hard-work and dedication that Drex and his colleagues sustained that led to such success and expansion.
2. Self-made man
We’re all in school learningÂ the rightÂ skills and knowledge that will hopefully lead us to successful careers. Drex’s success in management, finance, and coordination, among other skills can be attributed to his determinationÂ to learn from the situations that required such insight. It’s a lesson for all studentsÂ to never allowÂ any barriers fromÂ preventingÂ them from trying something new.
3. Â First Hand Experience With Mental Health
Drex has been public about the mental health experiences he’s faced in his own life and within his non-profit, The Remix Project. He understands the stigma associated with this condition and feels its an important subject of discussion. It’s impressiveÂ to see someone within the musicÂ industry candidly discuss this matter and its importance.
4. Drake used to practice at The Remix Project
The roots of Drake’s musical career partially extend into the halls of The Remix Project, for which Drex is a co-founder. In fact, Drake is said to have visited numerous times to develop the work that would eventually lead to his mega stardom. A great place to check out for all you Drake fans!
5.Â Musically Talented
Although Drex may be better known for his management expertise, he isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight, showcasing his musical talent with hisÂ albumÂ City to City,Â which was released inÂ 2010.