Chantal Kreviazuk And Raine Maida Host ‘Bed-In’ On 50th Anniversary Of John Lennon And Yoko Ono’s Famed Anti-War PR Stunt

Back in May 1969, the Vietnam War was raging while anti-war protestors took to the streets throughout the U.S. Looking to use his Beatles stardom to promote peace, John Lennon and new bride Yoko Ono flew to Montreal to host a “bed-in” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. There, the newlyweds invited dubious members of the press to interview them as they remained in bed for an entire week as a way to protest the war and, in the words of Lennon’s iconic anthem, “Give Peace a Chance”.

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Fifty years later, Chantal Kreviazuk and husband Raine Maida are honouring the anniversary of this historic anti-war PR stunt to help continue to spread the message of peace, hosting their own “bed-in” in the same Montreal hotel room.

“We hope our visit can be a gentle reminder to people to love each other, create peace and harmony in their homes and amongst each other — a simple but mighty message that can’t be lost ever despite these incredibly changing times and despite the years that have past since John and Yoko so eloquently first blew our minds and cracked open our hearts with their incredible creativity and love,” said Kreviazuk in a statement.

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The “Since We Met” singer also took to Instagram to share a photo of herself and Maida in bed.

“It’s hard to put into words how spectacular it has been to be in the exact place where they were, speaking about what peace means to us,” she wrote in the caption.

“We just want to remind everyone how much our words mean, our tone…. let’s be kind and gentle to our partners… let our children see us forgiving each other, being gentle toward each other, making each other laugh… we should be singing, dancing together… being vulnerable. Why are we so scared to be loving? Is it a sign of weakness? What has happened in the 50 years since John and Yoko recorded #givepeaceachance in the room at the @fairmontqueene in #montreal #peacebeginsathome.”

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Today @rainemaida and I have been in the room where @johnlennonofficial and @yokoonoofficial did their bed-in for peace 50 years ago. It’s hard to put into words how spectacular it has been to be in the exact place where they were, speaking about what peace means to us. We just want to remind everyone how much our words mean, our tone…. let’s be kind and gentle to our partners… let our children see us forgiving each other, being gentle toward each other, making each other laugh… we should be singing, dancing together… being vulnerable. Why are we so scared to be loving? Is it a sign of weakness? What has happened in the 50 years since john and yoko recorded #givepeaceachance in the room at the @fairmontqueene in #montreal #peacebeginsathome @carllessardphotographe ❤️❤️❤️☮️

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In a statement to ET Canada Kreviazuk repeated her sentiments that she shared on Instagram, while Maida added it was an “incredible experience.”

“Helping to [honour] the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono in the actual suite that they staged their bed in. Talking about peace & how it relates to our lives. We can’t effect change on the same level as they did so we focus on a more micro level. Starts at home for us. Safe communication, being heard, self-awareness. The feels in this room are profound. I mean…they recorded Give Peace A Chance in this bed. Damn! More to come.”

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