Kitchener is a moderately sized town in southern Ontario. The few things it’s known for are brutal 80s band Helix, the world’s second largest Oktoberfest parade, and lonely old men.

These photos are of Civic Square, a neo-Nazi concert I went to, filth, and Olympic boxer Chris Johnson. Huh.

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This is Nick and JB. They have autism. They also have a fairly amazing music show.

Each week the two men host Hot Tracks on WCET-TV, a local access channel in their hometown of Hudsonville, Michigan, that has been running for 12 seasons. The friends and co-hosts riff on popular music and one another, rating songs on a five-star scale before ending the show with a very pure, very real, very hard dance.

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“I had my skateboard there and the kids had never seen one before,” says Charlie. “And there’s nothing much to do for kids. If you go in the villages and towns they have, like, a concrete soccer pitch at the school—maybe a basketball hoop or two. A lot of them hang around the streets and play cards, or work in their parents’ shops.

“But most of them just hang around in the street, smoke shisha, sit and chat… it’s part of the culture. I just wanted to introduce a sport that gets people focusing on something and challenging themselves.”

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Maybe you’re still wondering why women would even want to sit around in some sweaty basement pretending to slay orcs. From a female perspective, what’s the deal with pretending you’re some gallant knight or evil sorceress? Katherine Cross, a sociologist and PhD student at CUNY who studies gender in role-playing, says that her D&D characters “were always the kind of characters that were lacking in major television shows—someone who was not reduced to her sexuality. For a lot of women, role-playing gives us an opportunity to author our own visions of power.”

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All of Sarah’s clients are men, and on her website she states that this is something about which she’s proud. Her approach places an emphasis on the benefits of arousal, a state which she argues allows one “to heal, to discover, to learn, [and] to become aware of things [one] cannot otherwise become aware of, for this state is as unique in the human mind as is the unconscious state of dreaming.”

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New MMO up at VICE 

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The maple-flavoured, red and white pastiche of Canada’s 147-year old cultural identity, has been threatened by America’s foremost burger monarchy.

News broke yesterday that Burger King—the home of elongated chicken sandwiches, the onion ring option, and their illustrious Whopper brand—is sizing up Tim Horton’s for acquisition. Even teasing the press with this potential burger/coffee coupling has spiked both companies’ stocks, and should the two get in bed together, their unholy alliance will have a market cap of $18 billion, and this new Frankenstein company will become the third largest fast-food seller on the planet.

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Canada’s Hitchhiking Robot Completed Its Trip Without Getting Murdered

OUTTAKES FROM THE “HOUSTON RAP” PHOTO BOOK

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