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Top 10 cool things to do in Toronto this summer

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Indulge your shoe fetish: Get a little closer to the glamour of French footwear maven Christian Louboutin at an exhibition at the Design Exchange. Curated by the Design Museum London, it showcases his most outlandish, extravagant kicks from the past two decades. Opens June 21; $10; 234 Bay St., dx.org

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Awwww: Go see the giant pandas on loan from China at the Toronto Zoo: Five-year-old Er Shun and potential mate Da Mao. The new exhibit, which will be covered with up to 60 kilograms of bamboo each day, is in the Eurasia section. 2000 Meadowvale Rd.; torontozoo.com

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Make like the Little Mermaid: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is set to open at the foot of the CN Tower this summer. The attraction will boast more than 13,500 sea and freshwater creatures, as well as a 96-metre long moving walkway underneath the Shark Lagoon. 288 Bremner Blvd, for more info call 647-351-3474.

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Goodbye tacos, hello steamed bao: Hot Bunzz has opened within Urban Bistro at Yonge and St. Clair. The Toronto Underground Market staple specializes in twists on traditional Chinese bao. Small buns are filled with Moroccan lamb, St. Lucia jerk wild boar and Canadian bison. It’s the perfect summer food. 21 St. Clair Ave. W.

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Learn neighbourhood lore: Take a free walking tour of your favourite neighbourhood led by museum volunteers. Amongst the more promising perambulations: Whiskey, Wharf and Windmill” (Distillery District, May 29, June 23, Aug. 14) and “Citadels of Wealth” (Financial District, June 1). Call 416-586-8079 or go to rom.on.ca.

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See them live: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake descend upon Toronto for their epic Legends of the Summer tour at the Rogers Centre (July 17); Queen Bey struts her stuff on stage as part of the Mrs. Carter World Tour, July 21 at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets online at ticketmaster.ca.

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Listen carefully: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s interactive sound installation, Lost in the Memory Palace, consists of a series of aural environments – from a leaky apartment during a storm to a disturbing creation called The Killing Machine. Runs until Aug. 18. Art Gallery of Ontario; 317 Dundas St. W.

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Get your game on: Arcade lovers and Nintendo nerds will want to flock to Science Centre for the only Canadian stop of Game On 2.0, an interactive history of gaming that takes visitors from the first commercial coin-operated machine to 3-D virtual reality. Runs until Sept. 2. 770 Don Mills Rd.; ontariosciencecentre.ca

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Dance off the calories: In a perfect pairing of music and food, the open-air Redpath Stage at Harbourfront hosts weekly DJ Deep Fried Fridays, during which hot tunes from DJs such as Jimmy Suave are matched with equally hot, greasy deep-fried goodness. Friday nights, June 28 to Aug. 30, free; harbourfrontcentre.com

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Sip cocktails, Miami-style: Could the city’s industry-heavy Portlands become the next South Beach? A 50,000-square-foot space at Sound Academy morphs into Cabana Pool Bar, a Miami/Vegas-themed retreat with an octagonal swimming pool, DJ booth, 12 private cabanas, 42 day beds, and a deck that can accommodate 2,500 people. Opens June 15. 11 Polson St.; cabanapoolbar.com

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