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Maestro Fresh Wes – Keynote speech for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship [Video]

Toronto, ONOriginally published March 26, 2014 – On Mar. 21, Maestro Fresh Wes (Wes Williams) delivered the keynote speech to 60 new Canadian citizens from 23 different countries at Tiff Bell Lightbox for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship.

Having Wes share his message and experience with our newest Canadian citizens is huge; not just for the hip-hop heads, but for Canadians everywhere. Maestro serves as an exemplary Canadian who’s taken advantage of all the opportunities he has been given. Whether he’s cranking out record-breaking records, acting in television series, making Olympic anthems, collaborating on new musical projects, authoring books, or giving motivational speeches, he embodies what we all strive to be as Canadian citizens.

Maestro Fresh Wes - Keynote speech for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship [Video] -

In his speech, Wes shares a simple three-point approach to sticking to your vision: expectation, operation, and destination. Yes, the rhyming of those three words is intentional. Wes is a rap cat, after all.

There’s also a pretty fantastic anecdote in the speech about a Maestro fan who got “Stick To Your Vision” tattooed on his arm.

And the introductory track that leads into the video is “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)” by Shad (off of Flying Colours). Which is just too perfect: “Not bad, huh?/ For some immigrants.”

Twitter: @MaestroFreshWes | @ICCICC

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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is a born-and-raised Calgarian who works as a freelance writer, photographer, and A&R talent scout for Universal Music. During the day, she runs a vintage clothing boutique on 17th Avenue called Used House of Vintage. Sarah graduated from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism diploma program in 2013 and has been writing about Canadian hip-hop since 2012. Sarah has written for The Yellow Pages Group, The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in January 2013 as the Regional Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Rich Homie Quan, Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Future, MGK, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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