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Bed-In for Peace 50th anniversary celebrations
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Bed-In for Peace 50th anniversary celebrations

From May 26 to June 2, 1969, The Queen Elizabeth hotel welcomed John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their Bed-in for Peace. Nobody suspected then that this event would go down in history and that the suite in which they stayed would become one of the most mythical in the world.

Fifty years later, the hotel invites Montrealers and visitors to relive this unforgettable milestone during which the famous couple composed and recorded the Peace Hymn, Give Peace a Chance, without leaving their bed. By this unusual initiative, the newlyweds wanted to demonstrate against the Vietnam War and to raise collective awareness about universal peace.

As part of this commemorative event, visitors will be able to take part in the following activities:

Give Peace A Chance - The Exhibition

Give Peace A Chance - The Exhibition

Starting May 25th, the hotel's lobby will transform into a showroom, showcasing large-format photos and guest testimonials pulled from "Give Peace a Chance: John and Yoko's Bed-in for Peace", a compilation by Joan Athey featuring photographs by Gerry Deiter. Deiter was the only photojournalist covering the whole event for a report that was to appear in Life magazine. This free exhibition will be presented until October 9th, John Lennon's birthday. Visitors are encouraged to share peace vows on their social networks with the hashtags #Bedin50, #Givepeaceachance or #FairmontMoments.

Those wishing to have their own Bed-In experience can book the 50th Anniversary Peace Package which includes accommodation in Suite 1742; breakfast at Rosélys restaurant or in the comfort of the suite; two white pajamas; calligraphed lyrics of "Give Peace a Chance"; a booklet of photos; white flowers; a commemorative collectors piece; a welcome treat and a $100 donation to Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone.

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