One Day in Saint John: Race Against The Tide host Maestro Fresh Wes

The musician, author and actor's favourite food and drink spots in Saint John, NB

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.


Sunset Grill is my go-to breakfast spot here in Saint John because it really reminds me of Toronto. It’s really great comfort food. I just wish they would bring back the damn sundried tomatoes for my omelette…but that’s okay.


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.


For dinner, I really like going to The Med Restaurant on Rothesay Avenue. The salmon is delicious and the food reminds me of one of my favourite Mediterranean spots in Toronto on the Danforth called Astoria.


If you’re looking to experience some of the best craft beer, wine and spirits that Saint John has to offer, Uncorked Tours is a must. My favourite drink is my very own martini named “THE STRO-TINI,” made with apple and ginger.

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