MUSIC: Tonight at Lee’s Palace marks the halfway point for Exclaim‘s nation-wide Wood, Wires and Whisky tour, headlined by Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett. The show opens with the band Zeus, who later double as Collett’s backing band. Rock Plaza Central, touring their current awesomely-received album Are We Not Horses? complete the bill. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $18.
ART: The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The work of Canadian book artists will be showcased next to international contributors at the Book Arts Fair today, and includes hand-binding, private press books, conservation and restoration, conceptual pieces, and more. The Holiday Inn, 2nd Floor (370 King Street West at Peter Street), 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
POETRY: The largest poetry slam in Canada, the Toronto Poetry Slam, holds its monthly event at the Drake Hotel tonight featuring Ami Mattison from Hazel Park, Michigan. Seasoned or virgin slammers can sign up for an opportunity to win the night’s $75 booty at 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s slam is hosted by Dave Silverberg and includes a surprise celebrity judge. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: Fresh from a stint in New York City, Giant Killer Shark, The Musical visits Toronto tonight for one awe-inspiring splash in the Tranzac Main Hall. A hit at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival this past summer, tonight’s show promises special guests and creepy soundscapes, and encourages licensed belligerence. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Montreal’s Hexes & Ohs offer the perfect opportunity to dance and be merry tonight as they celebrate the release of their second album, Bedroom Madness, at the Velvet Underground. Critics are raving! The duo are joined by Europe In Colour and Everything All The Time. Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
Photo of Jason Collett by Victor Tavares, courtesy of Canvas Media.