Why you should travel before you commit to school

BY ROB HOFFMAN The phrase “I just wanna get my degree under my belt, but I’m going to do a ton of traveling after university” gets passed around amongst university students more often than a joint at a Tommy Chong barbecue.…

Welcome To Cannabis County: The secret community of marijuana growers (Photos)

BY: H. LEE Drive a few hours north of San Francisco and you will find an untouched landscape. As the morning light breaches a thick layer of fog, the winding rivers and towering redwoods of the iconic American Coast slowly…

The Backyard Axe Throwing League (Video)

BY: PILGRIM “Here, kid. This is for you,” said Cookie, one of the league’s staff members. His voice drummed out across the warehouse like thunder as he approached me with axe in hand, his hair blowing back in the wind…

The Tiny House Movement gives a middle finger to consumerism

BY: CONNOR BRIAN The truth is I could not care less about keeping up with the Joneses, and, for the sake of your own happiness, neither should you. Your home represents what you value in life, and many are coming to…

Repurpose This: A beginner’s guide to recycling on steroids

BY: KATY WILLIS Recycling only goes so far. Actually, it can cause environmental harm in its own right as chemical-heavy matter is melted and processed during recycling to form new items. That’s not to say you shouldn’t recycle; recycling is…

Hitchhiking isn’t extinct. I took the trip of my lifetime for less than $250

BY: ROB HOFFMAN CO-AUTHORED BY: TYLER FYFE Is hitchhiking dead? Or have we wrapped our spirit in safety foam? Of course, the question immediately draws one’s mind to the horror film “The Hitcher” or the infamous “highway of tears,” a stretch…

Mike Wilson was a pro skier by age eleven. Now he is YouTube’s biggest badass

BY: ROB HOFFMAN If you plan on watching Mike Wilson’s videos, you should probably bring a brown paper bag to hyperventilate into. Wilson’s career is basically founded on the ability to be the world’s ultimate badass with a completed section of…

The life of a street drummer: The Performers Of Dundas Square

BY: LILITH It’s never really quiet in Dundas Square, and, amid the ocean of sound that is passing cars, music pouring out of restaurants, and snippets of blended conversations, a drum beat occasionally breaks through. There are a few percussionists…

Sitka Clothing Company protects the planet before profits

BY: VANESSA NIGRO Founded on Canada’s beautiful West Coast in 2002, Sitka Clothing Company promotes a life lived through sustainability and finding balance between industrialization and nature. “We decided to name the company Sitka after the Sitka spruce tree that…

The dominatrix under the leather; What is a Domme?

BY: JESSICA BURDE  The minute you read the word “dominatrix” you imagine skintight leather, fishnet stockings, a horsewhip and a ruthless attitude. Words like “worm” spill out of her mouth and she survives by feeding on cowardly whimpers and grinding…

Why travelling turns you into a decent human being; the benefits of travel

BY: LAURA ROJAS I remember looking up into the Amazonian night – lungs filled with pure air, feet digging into cold earth, seeing the hazy violet dust of the Milky Way. I remember meeting people who knew the curves and…

The performers of Dundas Square: The life of a contact-juggler

BY: JACKIE HONG­­ PHOTOS BY: LISA MACINTOSH Jordan Kells performs in Dundas Square most days during the summer, but his act is quicker to drop jaws than, say, Toronto Batman or Spiderman. The 24-year-old’s act is a form of contact…

Teams tow hospital beds to win Golden Bedpan in the Danforth Dash Bed Race

By JACKIE HONG Twenty teams are gathered behind the starting line. The rules are simple: there are ten squads; there are two teams per squad.  At the sound of the horn, they’re going to make a 200 ft.-dash down closed-off…

How to Hitchhike: 10 must know tricks for hitchhiking across the Country

By: TED BARNABY Hitchhiking is a great way to travel cheap. It’s also a one-way street to unforeseen and unabridged adventure. Sometimes half the fun is figuring things out as you go along, but there are definitely a number of…

I spent the afternoon naked in public and there was nothing weird about it (NSFW)

BY: Alex Brown/ Photos: Connor Brian  “Hi, I have an interview at 3.” “All right.” “I suppose I should get naked?” “That would be appreciated.” The young woman I was talking to was named Nikki, the manager of Bare Oaks Family…

Toronto From Above: Trespassing on the city’s rooftops (photos)

By JACKIE HONG I’m close to broke, crave adrenaline rushes and killer views. My salvation this summer? Climbing stuff and taking photos. It’s free, a great workout, and rewards me with a unique vantage of a city I thought I’d…

The best damn travel tips you’ll ever need

by RYAN BOLTON Travel is the best education. It’s also the ideal form of rebellion. It’s the no-bullshit way to find out who you really are and what you’re really made of. Quite possibly some of the best travel advice…

Burlesque: Expression through sex

  I’ve never been a fan of strip clubs. Sometimes, the sleaziness is what makes it fun, but mostly, they’re dingy and expensive, and they make me feel desperate. However, I try not to hold fast to this perspective, as…

These engineering graduates created a bong that lets you get drunk and high at the same time (video)

By: PILGRIM A long, graffiti-bombed school bus turned up out of the dust and opened its doors. “Coming along?” In the passenger seat, sat a tall and slender Caucasian in his mid-twenties with a handlebar moustache that reached down to…

This commune in BC lets you live for free and pays you in drugs (Video)

BY: ROBERT HOFMANN Poole picked out a white dried-up mushroom the size of my thumb and snapped it in two. “A gram for each of you,” says Poole, and hands me my half. One gram, it seemed, was a bit…