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Black History Month: Celebrating Bryon Ellington

February 18, 2020 Jessica Lagman

Bryon Ellington, also know as Sir B, a laundry aide at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, which is where he first discovered his love for music. He often attended events like the Stereograph, Black Star, Jah Love, and Kilimanjaro, which gradually increased his passion for music. These experiences helped foster a strong desire to one day have his own sound system where he could share his concept of delivering music in fine style.

Byron had the opportunity to work with some sound systems throughout the years: Top Secret, Golden Eagle, and Papa Melody (owned by the great Leroy Sibbles) were a few highlights. After a lot studying and working in the music industry, he was able to create his own label called “Board of Education” in 1987, He became a hit within the GTA known for entertaining and educating.

In 1992, he met Elaine Thompson, the Station Manager of CHRY 105.5 FM. After three years of working with the station, with the support of the music director, Neil Armstrong, Bryon received his own radio program: The Kool Runnings Show, which aired on Sunday mornings from 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. His mission for the radio show was to play music that reflected the authentic sounds of Reggae music, highlight shining stars in Reggae, and provide a platform for both local and international artists that endorse and propel their music across the world.

With over 30 years in the music industry, Byron has become one of the most sought-after MC, DJ, and producers’ internationally. This entertainment powerhouse holds many additional titles like selector, radio host, manager, and community leader. When he is on air, he can be identified by his signature cool baritone voice and jovial demeanour.

On top of working in both the music and healthcare industry, he is also passionate about creating positive growth in his community. He became a board member of CT Stop the Violence across the world and received the Canadian Award for Unsung Heroes Honours. Byron goes above and beyond to assist at-risk youths by counselling them toward a brighter future and takes time to seek out consistent contributors to the black community and awards them for their committed service. As Byron continues his path, his passion is to continue serving the community and promoting great music to the world.

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice,” says Byron.

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