Urban Planner: July 18, 2012
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Urban Planner: July 18, 2012

Happening today: Worldwide Short Film Festival winners screen at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Buffy Sainte-Marie plays at Yonge-Dundas Square, and the premiere of Top Sketch Canada at the Black Swan Tavern.

Catch a free Buffy Sainte-Marie concert at Yonge-Dundas Square tonight. Photo courtesy of Planet3 Communications.

FILM: Didn’t get to the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival this year? Lucky for you, A World of Shorts has compiled all the award-winning films into one night for your viewing pleasure. Check out the artistry and originality of this year’s best animated, documentary, live action, and experimental short films. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 5 p.m., $11.

MUSIC: Canadian Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has been making music since 1960, and has several Juno awards to show for it. DJ Bear Witness is the co-founder of Polaris Prize-nominated A Tribe Called Red and an experimental audio-video producer. Both are celebrated tonight with a concert sponsored by the Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepreneur Centre. Yonge-Dundas Square, 7:30–10 p.m, FREE.

COMEDY: Top Sketch Canada, the seven-week sketch comedy/improv competition, starts its search for the comedian deserving of $500 and the title of Top Sketch Canada. Watch Josh Bowman, Matt McCready, Adam Ward, Joe Delfin, Joel Buxton, Ron Sparks, Alicia Douglas, Meredith Cheesbrough, and Laura Bailey get put to the test in several sketch and improv challenges. One unlucky person will be eliminated at the end of each night by a panel of judges. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue, 2nd floor), 8 p.m., $5

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