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February 21, 2025 @ 10:00 am

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Wes “Maestro” Williams is a Juno Award-winning Hip Hop artist, Tedx Presenter and a Gemini Award-nominated actor.  In 2019 he became the first Hip Hop artist inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and his albums have reached gold and platinum status.

Released under the pseudonym of Maestro Fresh Wes, his debut album Symphony in Effect was the first Canadian Rap album to reach gold and platinum certification.

As an actor, Wes has been in several film and television productions including 8 seasons on CBC’s award-winning sitcom Mr. D where he played the role of teacher/ vice-principal Paul Dwyer.

His first book, STICK TO YOUR VISION: How to Get Past the Hurdles and Haters to Get Where You Want to Be, was the recipient of the 2011 White Pine Literary Award and was also implemented in the curriculum of the Adult Learning Program at Nova Scotia Community College.  Not only was the book mandatory reading for grade 10 students, but Wes also received an honorary diploma at the NSCC’s Akerley Campus for his contribution to the Province of Nova Scotia.

He has been a guest speaker for the Governor General of Canada’s Urban Arts Forum and has also participated in round table discussions on Parliament Hill regarding the subject of race relations.

He supports several charitable organizations like Special Olympics, Covenant House, Battered Women’s Support Services and The African Aids Society.

Recommended audience: Grades K-6

Curriculum Connections:
•  Using music to instill self confidence
•  Music to foster a positive classroom environment
•  Music to promote self-awareness, personal growth, & leadership skills
•  Goal setting


February 21, 2025
10:00 am
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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Main Theatre
440 Locust St
Burlington, Ontario L7S1T7 Canada
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