With a decorated career that has spanned more than three decades, few Canadian artists have symbolized longevity, perseverance, and Canadian Heritage the way Toronto-born emcee, author, and TV personality Maestro Fresh Wes has.
Often regarded as the Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes was the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for his 1989 hit “Let Your Backbone Slide” and was the first Black Canadian artist to have a recording reach platinum status in Canada.
Now situated on the East Coast where he hosts CBC’s Race Against The Tide, Wes has transitioned into a full-fledged multimedia personality with several film and television projects under his belt, including 8 seasons of Mr. D.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with the intergenerational icon, who took some time to dish on a few of his favourite spots in his new home base of Saint John, New Brunswick.
My favourite place to eat in Saint John is Rocky’s, especially on Steak Thursdays. It’s a true sports bar and the steak hits the spot. In second place would have to be Ale House because of their legendary chicken tenders. I have to add—on the fish and chips tip, salute to Deluxe, Lock Stock and Barrels, and Cask & Kettle.