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Drezo shakes up Winter Fest Week


Drezo's show on Jan. 24 promises to bring something different to the Fanshawe Student Union's annual Winter Fest Week.

Angela McInnes | Interrobang | News | January 18th, 2019

Los Angeles-based electronic dance music (EDM) Drezo is coming to Fanshawe College.

The 24-year-old musician is slated to play in Forwell Hall on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. He headlines the Fanshawe Student Union's (FSU) Welcome Back Frosh Show, and is the highlight of this year's Winter Fest Week.

FSU student life co-ordinator, Andrew Waterworth, is currently in Fanshawe's audio post-production program. He said he rallied to have Drezo come to Forwell Hall in the hopes of introducing students to something “different”.

“Drezo is an amazing guy; his remixes are amazing, his originals are awesome,” Waterworth said. “They're heavy, and they're very different from what we've done before. I think that's a good thing, because then we can reach out to those people that probably wouldn't come to a country show or a pop show, and are wanting to come to something more their style.”

The FSU's Winter Fest Week is an annual celebration to welcome new and returning students. From Jan. 21 to 24, students are invited to see what the Union has to offer in terms of entertainment throughout the term. This year's theme is “What the Frost?”

Monday features trivia and wings at The Out Back Shack, and a gaming session in Forwell Hall with the Fanshawe Ultimate eSports League (FUEL). To learn more, visit

Tuesday includes a Clubs Day, while Wednesday holds a Volunteer Fair in the afternoon and the popular Sex Toy Bingo in The Out Back Shack during the evening. A full schedule of events and specific times is available online at events.

Last year's entertainment featured indie pop band Kid Royal, R&B singer Chad Price, and country band Texas Kings.

However, Waterworth said that Drezo will shake things up this year by breaking away from the mainstream with his unique EDM sound.

“He's very well known, especially in the DJ community,” said Waterworth. “He's done things with Dillon Francis. He opened for DJ Rezz at the Rebel Toronto nightclub last October. He's a big name and he sells out shows very frequently.”

On his Facebook page, Drezo's biography says the musician “aims to represent the darker and more imaginative side of EDM,” and that his sound is “now being widely recognized by the likes of Diplo, Destructo, Porter Robinson, Tchami, Zedd, [and] DJ Snake”.

According to one Fanshawe student, Drezo's appearance will be a treat for Canadian fans.

“I'm a big fan of Drezo,” said Drake Campbell, also enrolled in the audio post-production program. “I've liked Drezo for a long time and it seems he never comes around to even Canada, ever, so it's cool that he's coming to Fanshawe.”

Waterworth said that even students who are unfamiliar to EDM would enjoy the show.

“It just shows that we're able to branch out,” Waterworth said. “If you're looking for an amazing night out, this is it.”

Tickets to see Drezo are $5 in advance and $10 at the door, and are available for purchase at The Biz Booth and the Hub downtown.
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