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June Editor’s Picks: Entertainment

By Danielle Milley

Academy Award–winner Jane Campion's <em>The Water Diary</em>.

A scene from Jane Campion's The Water Diary, showing at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

JUNE 16 TO 21 Internationally celebrated short films receive due acclaim at the annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (page 37). Catch more than 250 films from 87 countries, including a featured series on the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals by eight notable directors, such as The Water Diary by Academy Award–winner Jane Campion (The Piano). Take a break from live action by viewing the Animation Spotlight, support up-and-coming talent at the Film School Showcase or go melodic with the popular music video program Scene Not Herd. Various venues, tickets $10 to $170; call 416-445-1446 for a schedule.

Russell Peters

Russell Peters yuks it up.

JUNE 12 & 13 Funnyman Russell Peters heads home to celebrate 20 years of making people laugh. Fresh off back-to-back stints hosting the Juno Awards, Peters embarks on the first cross-country all-arena tour for a Canadian comic. The Brampton native, who has come a long way from his early day of performing at Yuk Yuk’s, is known for his ethnic humour peppered with self-effacing jabs at his own Indian heritage. Air Canada Centre, 8 p.m., $52.50 to $99.75; call 416-870-8000 to charge.

Black Lips

Black Lips pucker up for Toronto indie-rock fans.

JUNE 17 TO 21 Music floods the city as North by Northeast commemorates 15 years of introducing the world to new and upcoming bands. More than 500 groups from 25 countries—including American rockers Black Lips and U.K. exports Fake Blood—showcase their talent at industry events and, of course, concerts at 50 venues across the city. Music and movie buffs get the best of both worlds as the National Film Board Mediatheque screens more than 25 features, documentaries and shorts. Various locations; $25 to $250; call 416-863-6963 for a complete lineup.

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