John and Yoko at their first "bed-in" in Amsterdam. They reprised the protest in Montreal a week later. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their second "bed-in for peace" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.
But it was never supposed to happen there.
After successfully staging their first bed-in in Amsterdam (during what was, ostensibly, their honeymoon), John and Yoko had planned to stage a second event in New York. But because of a previous conviction for possession of cannabis, Lennon couldn't enter the United States, so they settled on the Bahamas instead. They spent one night there, but the oppressive heat got to them, and they decided to move the whole thing up north to — where else? — Montreal.
During the couple's stay at the Queen Elizabeth, they entertained the likes of Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory and Allen Ginsberg. And on June 1, they all recorded the classic "Give Peace a Chance" together in the room.
Want to know more about John and Yoko's legendary stay? Sarah Gadon offers some more detail in this iteration of "Something You Might Not Know About Canada":
And here you can watch some old CBC footage of the bed-in, including an interview with John and Yoko:
And here's John and Yoko (and everyone else) singing "Give Peace a Chance":