Dashing Date Brings Human Connection Back To Dating Scene
Forget Tinder, Bumble, or Happn. Now you can swipe right or left, in real life. It’s time to ditch the dating apps and kick it old school: aka interact in person! That's the concept behind Dashing Date, a dating service that offers clients the opportunity to meet singles face to face, in their appropriate age range, without having the pressure of sitting through a first date with a total stranger.
Dashing Date has been labeled as "la crème de la crème of speed dating events" thanks to their selective choice in people, event themes and venues. They offer a night out in a chic environment where singles can meet, connect and socialize over cocktails. Their monthly, multi-city events entertain about 20 hand-selected and pre-screened guests in aiming to ensure a well-presented, interesting and professional crowd.
The idea is still foreign to many, given that it involves getting out of their comfort zone and trying something new [but] that's exactly what Kavita Ajwani, founder of Dashing Date had in mind:
“Meeting face to face, shaking someones hand, sharing a smile, chemistry, - that’s what dating is about. These are things that will never be felt through a screen”.
Find out the inspiring story that drove her to become real-life cupid for couples all over the Canada.
Why did you decide to launch Dashing Date?
The ultimate goal is to make dating human again. The online dating scene has become so saturated and predictable that singles are looking for a fresh alternative. I wanted to build a platform that provides the opportunity to meet other eligible singles in real life, at a fun and enjoyable event. This allows one to make a proper first impression and discover if there’s chemistry right off the bat, all without wasting precious time.
How does Dashing Date work?
It's pretty straightforward. You create a simple profile on our website (it’s free to do so), answering a short questionnaire with details about your yourself, your interests and preferences in an ideal match. Our team will review and approve your profile at which point you can purchase tickets to any of our events in your city and age group.
What cities does Dashing Date operate in?
Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary.
What happens at a speed dating event?
All our events are held at great, chic venues which are centrally located. They are lead by an awesome and experienced Event Host who explains how the evening unfolds and guides the guests every step of the way. There may be an ice-breaker activity to kick the night off, and eventually things will settle into the speed dating portion which is a series of short, 5-7 minute dates with each guest of the opposite sex.
What differentiates you from other dating services?
Do you have any stories of couples who have started dating/got married thanks to Dashing Date?
Absolutely! We have countless couples across Canada who are now in long-term relationships from meeting at our events. Below is a recent testimonial from a guy who met his girlfriend at a Montreal speed dating event:
"I had been on online websites for some time and always found that, for the time and money invested, there was very little return. First dates were always hard when you’d met online, you imagine how the person will be but it is never exactly as you picture.I decided to change the formula and went to dashing date. At least you break the ice right away! At first, I was nervous and wondered what I was doing there. Stephanie was the last girl I met during the event. We had met a lot of people in the same situation as us, hard working 30-somethings, struggling to meet someone and find something meaningful. I’m happy to say that Stephanie and I fell in love and she just flew across the globe to meet my family!
The dashing date staff was very entertaining and professional. The event was short and sweet. I encourage all of you, who sometimes wonder what speed dating is about, to try it at least once. Because Stephanie and I both thought : That’s the last place I will meet someone. Think twice . Happy dating!" Marc, 35, Montreal.
Is there a specific clientele or age group that you cater to?
We aim for well-presented professionals, ages 25-55 (give or take). Each event is for a specific age group, usually spanning a 10 year range. For example, “Speed Dating for ages 25-35, or 30-40”.
What's next for Dashing Date?
We just launched our Matchmaking Service! It has become popular fast with more and more busy single professionals wanting a personalized approach to dating. Consider it your own Life Coach in the dating world; someone who can filter on your behalf and find the best people for you to date. It’s called VIS-À-VIS and is a one-on-one coffee, brunch or cocktail date, hand-picked by your matchmaker.
What can we expect for your upcoming events?
We’ve been exploring more activity-based events. We just completed a #FITFAM themed event that included axe-throwing and archery, which was a big hit. We’re also going to be doing more Brunch Mixers. Here is what’s coming up:
Aug 9: "SIZZLE FO' SHIZZLE" Speed Dating (Ages: 26-36)
Sept 7: "WANDERLUST" Speed Dating for Travel Lovers (Ages: 30-Somethings)
Later in Fall we will have Beer Tasting, Game & Trivia Nights and other cool activities that will be added to the schedule.