LECTURE: The 2008 Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate this year’s recipients with the William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the restored top-floor venue at College Park. John Campbell, head of Waterfront Toronto, presents “A Shore Thing: The Future of Toronto’s Waterfront.” There will be an informal catered reception following the lecture. Proceeds go to Heritage Toronto. The Carlu (444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor), 7:30 p.m., $30.
SPOKEN WORD: Master shit disturber Henry Rollins, inspired by the impending end of the Bush era, delivers his spoken word Recountdown Tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. No doubt he’ll be sharing his observations about of the current political joy-fest happening to our south. Ticketmaster warns that there will be no tickets available at the door, so get them in advance. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (CNE Grounds), 7:30 p.m., $35.50
COMEDY: Bryan O’Gorman, Alana Johnston, Zabrina Chevannes, Adam Christie, and 7 Minutes in Heaven compete on the Second City main stage for the honour of being this year’s Tim Sims Encouragement Award recipient. The winner will receive the $5000 Award of Recognition and a chance to produce a short with the Comedy Network. See Torontoist’s full preview. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $10.
LECTURES: Tonight’s Trampoline Hall serves up some interesting discourse. Subjects include a lecture on “authenticity” (from No Dynamic’s Daniel Vila), a reflection on an as-yet undisclosed poet (from Mercer Union’s Dave Dyment), and, possibly, a treatise on video horror-porn (from Rotate This’s Kevin Hegge). Limited rush seats available at 6:30 p.m. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Deborah Robinson and Megan Fraser open up the stage of their regular comedy night Brown Hair and Glasses to a slew of guests. Sharing the stage for their “Show of Shows” are Kevin Matviw, Richard Steudle, Skye Regan, Chris Craddock, Jim Taylor, Holy Matrimony!, Vida Zukauskas, Jeff Elliott, Ian Atlas, Sarah Donaldson, and Todd Graham. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m.
Image by Waterfront Toronto courtesy of Heritage Toronto.