2019 marks the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous ‘Bed-Ins for Peace’ – their non-violent protests against war. The couple occupied rooms at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel as well as The Queen Elizabeth hotel, Montreal for a week at a time in 1969. Media were invited in to witness the protest and hear their messages promoting peace.
John and Yoko’s time at The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal was hugely significant. They occupied several rooms in the hotel from 26 May – 2 June 1969, and were joined by several other influential figures of the time like Allen Ginsberg, Dick Gregory and Timothy Leary. It’s also where they recorded the seminal anthem ‘Give Peace A Chance’.
To celebrate the anniversary of John and Yoko’s ambitious movement, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal will be hosting a commemoration of the couple’s time at the hotel. From 25 May until 9 October (John Lennon’s birthday), the hotel lobby will serve as a gallery presenting photographs from the Bed-In. The photographs were taken by photojournalist Gerry Deiter, who was on assignment for Life Magazine and covered the entire event. The hotel will also host a special concert on 30 May, with proceeds going to Amnesty International Canada, an organisation that advocates for human rights.
As well as suite guided tours and commemorative magnetic room keys for guests, the Montreal hotel will also be offering guests the chance to have their own Bed-In. The 50th-Anniversary Bed-In Package includes accommodation in Suite 1742; breakfast at Rosélys restaurant or in-room; two white pyjamas; calligraphed lyrics of “Give Peace a Chance”; a booklet of photos; white flowers; a commemorative collector item; a welcome treat and a $100 donation to Amnesty International Canada. The package is available year-round and costs $2,999 CAD (approx. $3,254 AUD).
Find out more: fairmont.com