“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
It was the year 1969 when Canada welcomed John Lennon and Yoko Ono. As icons of the peace movement, John and Yoko were at the height of their popularity.
Even from my vantage point in Northern Manitoba, I watched with excitement and expectation as John and Yoko staged their unforgettable “BED-IN FOR PEACE” event from May 26 to June 2, 1969, at the upscale Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.
Journalists and musicians were there for political discussions, singing and creative endeavors. It was during this amazing week that the iconic “Give Peace A Chance” was recorded with the help of local Quebecois musicians.
It has been over 50 years since John and Yoko visited Canada, and yet the memories are firmly entrenched in social memory.
Join me as I head back in time to remember, thanks to the excellent exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery: Yoko Ono Growing Freedom – The instructions of Yoko One, The art of John and Yoko