Vancouver, B.C. February 14, 2018 – Maestro Fresh Wes’ most recent album, COACH FRESH has been nominated for Rap Recording of the Year for the 2018 JUNO Awards. Maestro Fresh Wes was awarded the first Juno for Rap Recording back in 1991 so to be nominated again this year is very meaningful to him. The Junos are being held in Vancouver, a city close to Wes’ heart where he lived for four years and his son was born. http://junoawards.ca/nominees/
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the nominees for the 47th Annual JUNO Awards at a press conference at The Great Hall in Toronto. Canada’s premier talent will head west for JUNO Week 2018, hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25. The week-long celebration will culminate in a live broadcast of The JUNO Awards on CBC on Sunday, March 25 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC., nationwide 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos
One of the early Canadian rappers, Wes has been labeled by Exclaim! magazine as the “Godfather of Canadian hip hop”. In addition to being one of Canada’s most well known rappers and a record producer Wes is a series regular on the popular CBC TV series “Mr. D”. Other credits include “Crash and Burn”, “The Line” and “Instant Star” to name a few. His motivational book “Stick to Your Vision” has made Wes in demand on the Speakers Circuit as a TedX speaker and at corporate events. Last June 2017, Wes received an honorary diploma from the NSCC Akerley Campus in Dartmouth Nova Scotia for the impact his book has made and his continued efforts to inspire the community. He has also worked with the Toronto Raptors including a recent presentation on February 8 for Historica Canada with Raptors president Masia Ujiri for Black History Month.
Maestro released a new video for the song Mr. Evans on February 5th, which features west coast phenom Ras Kass and vocals by Cyndi Cain. Produced by Lord Quest, and first premiered on ThisIs50.com. The song was written to highlight the need for better role models in the Black Community, and the need for strong father figures specifically. When first-time Director Kofi Boateng heard the song, he said the lyric that resonated the most was “every child needs a hero.” Boateng is the younger brother of Kwajo Cinqo of the legendary Toronto Hiphop group Ghetto Concept. The video was filmed on location in Vancouver and Halifax and was produced by TiKoonz Films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1EI5gyUqZw&feature=youtu.be
As Maestro Fresh Wes, a father himself, explains, “When we examine the negative images of black males through media, we understand the importance of fathers to be in the lives of their children to guide them in the right direction. It’s an important conversation to have, especially during Black History Month.”
Maestro Fresh Wes is available for interviews upon request. He will be in Vancouver March 22nd to March 26th for in person interviews.
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