Wes Williams aka Maestro Fresh Wes is considered to be the godfather of Canadian Hip Hop. Born and raised in Toronto, Wes has been one of the country's most influential artists of the last 30 years. His signature song LET YOUR BACKBONE SLIDE recently became the first Hip Hop track to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame . He is also the very first artist to receive a Juno Award for Best Rap Recording as well as the first to reach gold and platinum status. He is the author of the critically acclaimed motivational book STICK TO YOUR VISION and has been on several film and tv projects including 8 seasons playing the role of teacher/vice principal Paul Dwyer on CBC's hit sitcom Mr. D .