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50th Anniversary Bed-In Celebration: “Give Folk A Chance”

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Photo by Gerry Deiter, Copyright Joan Athey

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montréal, Canada where they penned and recorded the iconic pacifist song “Give Peace a Chance.” 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this historic moment in music history, and our conference is taking place in the same hotel!

Commemorate this event and celebrate its spirit of peace and solidarity through music. We invite all conference attendees and all our folk friends around the world to join us by live-streaming a performance of “Give Peace a Chance” from their own beds on Saturday, February 16th at 9:30 am ET.

How To Participate

1. RSVP to be part of the official register of participants.

2. Join us by live streaming your own bed-in performance of the song at 9:30 am ET on Saturday, February 16! Facebook and Instagram Live are the preferred platforms.

Make sure to use the hashtag #GiveFOLKaChance.

RSVP Here

Learn the Song and Lyrics

Refer to the original lyrics sheet below!
Chords are C, G, F, C

Photo by Gerry Deiter, Copyright Joan Athey

Folk Peace Banner

If you’ve registered to participate, conference attendees can stop by the merch table to pick up a complimentary Folk Peace banner to hang behind your bed for the live stream. For anyone participating from home, you can print your own here.

See original footage from the 1969 event in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth:

Original bed-in photo by Gerry Deiter, Copyright Joan Athey

Other Conference Events

Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 am – 11:15 am
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed-in in the very place it happened, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was also the site of the recording of “Give Peace a Chance,” the anti-war anthem produced by Montréal-based André Perry. We’ll see some exclusive bed-in pictures and talk about the impact of the event, both then and now.

Panelists:
Craig Morrison
Joan E. Athey Curator/Manager