Salome Bey-themed bus will celebrate Black History Month on Ontario GO transit routes


Published January 26, 2022 at 11:01 am

Artist Mark Stoddard created an image that pays tribute to singer-songwriter Salome Bey. It will appear on a GO bus and a mural at Union Station. (Metrolinx image)

One of Canada’s most loved and influential musicians, Toronto blue artist Salome Bey, will be the focus of Metrolinx’s celebration of Black History Month.

Bey’s image will be used on a GO Transit bus wrap and in an art installation at Canada’s busiest transit hub. As well as holding internal Metrolinx gatherings, the visuals will offer a moment, whether on a busy street or as customers walk through historic Union Station, to reflect on the past.

“There are a lot of opportunities for stories to be told about the Black experience and using creative arts is a very interesting and tangible way to do that,” said Trevor Anderson, BEEAM’s chair and program sponsor for Union Station.

“Hopefully we will educate, inspire and challenge people to learn and do more.”

The bus will be randomly on all of Metrolinx’s routes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe during February, which means it might be Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and St. Catherines one day followed by Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa the next and Mississauga, Brampton and Milton the day after that.

Bey, is an iconic Toronto singer-songwriter, composer, activist, actress and playwright. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Bey created theatre opportunities for Black performers. She was also an Honourary Member of the Order of Ontario.

Metrolinx commissioned artist Mark Stoddard to create a graphic that pays tribute to Bey. Replicas of it will be on display in Union Station and wrapped around a GO bus.



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