Canadian Hip-Hop Legend Maestro Fresh-Wes to Perform at Ottawa International Film Festival’s 90s Themed Opening Night Gala


Dust off your Reebok Pumps, plaid lumber-jackets and mom jeans, and get ready to party like it’s the 90s again! Ottawa International Film Festival’s (OIFF) 90s themed opening night gala on Friday, October 16, 2015 will feature a performance by platinum-selling recording artist and the Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Wesley Williams, aka Maestro aka Maestro Fresh-Wes.


Dress to impress with a 90s influence strongly encouraged. Rub shoulder-padded shoulders with fellow filmmakers, industry leaders and film lovers at Bourbon Room, Ottawa’s newest live music venue.


Multiple Juno Award-winner Maestro Fresh-Wes burst on the Canadian music scene with his gold-selling single Let Your Backbone Slide, which was the first Canadian rap song to make the U.S. Billboard, peaking at #14 in 1990. It is still the best-selling Canadian Rap Single of all time. He has released seven albums and has collaborated with many Canadian artists including Kardinal Offishall, Michie Mee, Dream Warriors and Sam Roberts. As an actor he has appeared in movies and television series like Four Brothers, Poor Boy’s Game and The Listener, and currently stars as Paul Dwyer in CBC’s hit comedy, Mr. D.

Bourbon Room, located at 400 Dalhousie in the Byward Market, features two floors and a state of the art Pioneer sound system, and five 50-inch LED screens.  In the past year Bourbon Room has played host to bands Puddle of Mudd, John Corabi of Motley Crue, the cast of the popular television series Sons of Anarchy, and many more.

Sponsors include Stella Artois, Jim Beam, Russian Standard vodka, Yelp, and Ottawa’s own Angie’s Model and Talent International. VIP lounge sponsored by Burberry. DJ So-Nice will be spinning tracks all night.

Doors open at 7pm.

To purchase tickets visit www.oiff/

Tickets are $20. Space is limited.

OttawaStart Staff


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