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L to R: Tom Keenan, Matt Peters. Photo provided.

Podcast: Songwriter Tom Keenan of Heavy Bell

By Josh Lemoine on January 25, 2018

On this week’s show we speak to Tom Keenan of Winnipeg-based duo Heavy Bell, a creative partnership comprised of he and Royal Canoe’s Matt Peters.

Their new avant-chamber-pop concept album, By Grand Central Station, takes its name and inspiration from Ottawa-born writer Elizabeth Smart’s acclaimed 1945 prose-poetry book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, a cult favourite in Canlit circles and abroad.

Heavy Bell is now touring the country as an 8-piece ensemble (horns, strings, piano, guitar and percussion) including members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and their performance at Pressed on February 3 will also feature readings by Ottawa-based actors Kate Hurman and Kristina Watt.

This interview aired on CHUO 89.1FM on January 23, 2018.


  • “Certainly” – Heavy Bell

Heavy Bell perform at Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) on Saturday February 3. Tickets cost $10 online and $12 at the door. The venue has a portable ramp and is wheelchair accessible. Washrooms are located on the main floor but are not wheelchair accessible (one step up, small/tight space).