Maestro Fresh Wes remembers thinking Saint John “was definitely dope” when he performed in the port city as part of a tour with fellow rappers Classified and Ludacris back in the 1990s, but the Canadian hip-hop icon never dreamed he would end up moving to New Brunswick permanently.
“I think we definitely made a good decision because people are very accommodating here in the city,” he said of his decision to live closer to family. “Probably the friendliest people I’ve ever met in my life — in Saint John, New Brunswick.”
The award-winning musician and actor appeared on CBC’s comedy Mr. D for eight seasons and spent a lot of time in the Maritimes filming the series. He already appreciated the East Coast, but as a full-time resident he is now learning even more about the region.
“I’ve been getting familiar with a lot of local talent,” he said. “There’s an MC named Lavender I just got put on to recently. I never heard of Lavender before, you know, but that’s a New Brunswick artist — like how cool is that? So there’s a lot of talent right here in the province, but if I wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have that opportunity to learn about.”