Ron Nelson

RTA '85

Ron Nelson (RTA ‘85) is a pioneering DJ, radio personality and concert promoter. Known as the godfather of Toronto hip hop, Nelson created one of Canada’s first hip hop shows in 1983, Fantastic Voyage, which aired on Ryerson’s own CKLN community radio. 

While hosting and producing Fantastic Voyage, Ron helped to cultivate a thriving Hip hop community in Toronto. He soon established Ron Nelson Productions, introducing noteworthy international artists like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa to the local hip hop scene.

From 2003-2015, Ron was a professor and course director in the York University Department of Music where he taught Contemporary Black Urban Music. He is still heavily involved in the Toronto Reggae and Dancehall Sound Clash community as a leading concert promoter and proprietor of acclaimed website ReggaeMania.com