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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.

Guided visits of Suite 1742

Guided visits of Suite 1742

*** SOLD OUT EVENT ***

On May 25th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests and Montrealers alike are invited to wonder upon the brand new artwork decorating the most famous door of the hotel, as well as the suite it hides. Joan Athey, author of "Give Peace a Chance - John and Yoko's Bed-In for Peace" will be accompanying you during this privileged moment. A once in a lifetime chance to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this unique historical moment of peace and love!

A donation of $19,69 to Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone will confirm your booking.  

Peace & Love Party at Nacarat

Peace & Love Party at Nacarat

On May 25th, starting at 10 p.m., Nacarat bar will also get in the Bed-in mood with an evening where guests are invited to immerse themselves in the Peace & Love era by putting on their best hippie outfit and dance to the beat of DJ Jojo Flores. Part of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone.

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Meet Joan Athey at Marché Artisans

Meet Joan Athey at Marché Artisans

On May 26th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from May 27th to 31st, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. author Joan Athey will be at the hotel's Marché Artisans to sign copies of her book about the bed-in.

Cité-Mémoire's Bed-In projection

Cité-Mémoire's Bed-In projection

From May 26th to June 2nd, Cité Mémoire's Bed-In projection will be shown two times per hour in the Agora, located in the hotel's lobby. This poetic projection, with a soundtrack created by Victor Pilon and Michel Marc Bouchard pays tribute to the bed-in for peace and the song Give Peace a Chance.

Bed-In 50th Anniversary Concert at Espace C2

Bed-In 50th Anniversary Concert at Espace C2

On May 30th, at 7 p.m., a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Bed-in will be presented at the magnificent Espace C2 on the top floor of the hotel. This concert benefitting Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone will bring together Beyries, Ève Salvail, Geneviève Borne, Joël Denis, Jonas Tomalty, Kevin Parent, Les Porn Flakes, Lulu Hughes, Miriam Baghdassarian and Yann Perreau. Tickets will be sold at the cost of $69 each.

Purchase tickets

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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