Montreal’s flagship hotel, The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, which opened on April 15, 1958, hosted major historical events in our city, welcoming the largest personalities from the social, cultural, political and artistic fields. We all remember Yoko Ono and John Lennon “Bed In” that happened in that hotel. The hotel, that has been closed for more than a year to complete a major transformation, now offers a “John-Lennon & Yoko Ono suite” in honour of that historical moment. And ,to highlight his 60th anniversary, the institution that underwent a profound transformation last year, invited Montrealers to the party a few days ago (April 15th) to highlight its history.
Last April 15h, as the hotel celebrated was celebrating its 60th anniversary in Montreal, the mythic hotel threw a huge party and opened its doors to visitors who were able to take guided tours of the property to discover the new concepts of the hotel (Kréma Café, Marché Artisans, Nacarat Cocktails), the “John-Lennon & Yoko Ono suite”, its art collection and the three paintings of “Cité Mémoire” project that are projected on the hotel walls.
With the artists Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon and Michel Marc Bouchard in attendance, Montréal en Histoires, the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel unveiled three new art installations to be projected indoors, additions to Cité Mémoire, which is making its way downtown from Old Montreal. The art project includes : The bed-in painting, an historical tableau that emphasizes the war protest movement of the late 60s by illustrating John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s stay at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in 1969, and The interactive underground river, that is now connecting Place Ville Marie to the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel, symbolizes the time elapsed throughout Montréal’s history. It reacts to people walking by, who can interact with its components and generate sea foam, break its ice and move clouds.
The impressive transformation of The Queen Elizabeth is not only about the gorgeous renovated rooms, the swanky common areas and the impressive new restaurant offer, but also about art, history, and celebrating the city of Montreal, where it all began for Fairmont Hotels.