Personalities, musicians celebrate 50 years since Montreal bed-in
On May 23, 2019, CHOM 97 7 broadcast live from suite 1742 at Montreal's Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the very same room where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their bed-in for peace in 1969.
Special guests and musicians joined the broadcast to reminisce about the historic event and pay tribute to Lennon and Ono's message.
Tour of suite 1742
CHOM morning host, Terry DiMonte took Facebook followers on a live tour of the fabled suite 1742.
Joan Athey curates the travelling Give Peace A Chance exhibit and manages photographer Gerry Deiter's archive. She also published Give Peace a Chance: John and Yoko's Bed-in for Peace.
Joan Athey discusses her book about the 1969 Bed-In for Peace
Bill Haugland is a retired CTV Montreal news anchor. He was at the foot of the bed the day of the bed-in and had the opportunity to interview Lennon and Ono.
Bill Haugland discusses what it was like being a reporter at the 1969 Bed-In for peace
Jon Matte & Adam Passalacqua
Jon Matte and Adam Passalacqua are Montreal musicians and are part of The Franklin Electric. They paid tribute to the Montreal bed-in with a live rendition of "Let It Be".
Rishi Dhir & André Papanicolaou
Rishi Dhir is a Montreal musician and makes up Montreal band Elephant Stone. André Papanicolaou is also a Montreal musician who plays under his own name and with a multitude of other local musicians. They joined forces to cover The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood".
Matte, Passalacqua, Dhir, and Papanicolaou eventually collaborated on a live rendition of "Give Peace A Chance", the song made famous by Lennon and Ono in the very same suite 50 years ago.
The Montreal Bed-In for Peace of 1969 was one of two week-long events spearheaded by Lennon and Ono to protest the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War and to promote world peace. It lasted from May 26 to June 1, 1969. The other bed-in was held at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and lasted from March 25 to March 31, 1969.
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Footage from both Bed-Ins would eventually be made into a documentary titled Bed Peace and would go on to be released on YouTube by Yoko Ono.