10 Reasons Why I Started Saskatoon Speed Dating

Speed Dating in Saskatoon

As a regular speed dating host, I get asked this question a lot:

“Why did you start a speed dating business?”

My answer will now be:  read this post. I’ve made a list below of some of the reasons that impacted my decision to start offering this service for Saskatoon singles. 

1. Making connection intentional.

I know that it’s hard to meet people when you’re busy with work, school, business, and LIFE. If you don’t make time for meeting new people you’ll stay in that endless rut.

2. A less-than-fun first timer experience.

You know what they say about your first time… I tried speed dating years ago and hated it. Every man asked me, “So, what do you do for a living?” It felt like a bad job interview that that I couldn’t escape.

I thought I could make some improvements and started testing out my format. So far, attendees like it a lot (5 star reviews).

3. A place where “No” means no and “Yes” means yes.

As awful as my first experience was, when I took part in speed dating I learned what it was like to say “no” to many people who may not have been right for me. Up until then, I gave people chances when they didn’t really deserve them. The process of speed dating was enough to give me autonomy in my day-to-day relationships. I want to pass that on to others.

Read more about the code of conduct to learn what is and isn’t okay in this community.

4. No other place in the entire province was offering it.

From what I found in market research, speed dating just wasn’t a regular thing in Saskatoon or Saskatchewan. This may be related to the size of the population, or the ideas and attitudes around dating on the prairies. People come from all over the province to take part and get offline for a night.

5. People fascinate-the-fuck outta me.

They give me lots of energy (and endless anecdotes). I’ve already met a lot of interesting people and hope to meet more.

6. Small city dwellers can be a lil’ cliquey.

Sometimes people are slow to trust and don’t make outsiders feel very welcome. They usually have a group of friends they’ve known since kindergarten and they have no idea what it feels like to be “new to town”. This makes it difficult for newcomers to establish solid relationships (both friendships and otherwise).

I am striving to create an inclusive space with Do Sask. Old friends are good. But have you tried meeting new ones? It’s THRILLING.

7. Singles just want to mingle.

No matter what there are always gonna be people looking for friendship, dates, and new ideas. Do Sask removes the question of whether they are open to that or not to save you a lot of time wondering.

8. Trying something new is okay.

People who attend speed dating are ready to give it a shot. I want to offer a service that’s different from my day job as a writer for businesses, but isn’t a complete 360.

9. The success story challenge.

I like a good sky-high goal that I have no control over. I thought speed dating could be a catalyst for friendships and date matches to blossom here in Saskatchewan. Since Do Sask launched speed dating last year, past attendees are already telling me it’s working. (We currently have a 80% match rate!)

If you attended Do Sask speed dating in the past, please share your honest recommendation with your friends. Word of mouth is very important to growing this community!

10. Collaborating with a few local pubs makes it easy for me.

Not a lot of businesses would give a solopreneur full reign of half their pub and invite them to come back regularly. But the Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub did last year! And then Finn’s Irish Pub did this year! Both spots are worth checking out for a casual night with your new date.

Do Sask is a lot more than speed dating! Check out the closed group for city conversations, exclusive contests, and upcoming event listings. Become a VIP to get weekly announcements about more fun things to do in and around Saskatoon.

An earlier version of this post was originally published on Facebook in August, 2017.

Saskatoon Summer Speed Dating Schedule 2018

Speed dating in Saskatoon schedule 2018

Saskatoon summer speed dating will keep you busy all season long if you’re single and ready to meet new people near you. Check out the full schedule below to save the date for six upcoming events in July, August, and September at Finn’s Irish Pub.

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Saskatoon in the summer provides a beautiful backdrop to get to know new people. Whether you’re walking around the riverbank, tanning on a beach, enjoying some local ice cream, or checking out one of the local breweries – it’s a great time to level up your dating game.

Where do you meet single people in Saskatoon?

Get ready for Saskatoon summer speed dating at Finn’s Irish Pub in the Park Town Hotel. You’ll check into the event inside the pub before the private event takes place in the Park Town Hotel banquet hall. Click on one of the dates below to register.

Confirmed 25 to 36 dates:

July 10
August 14
September 11

Confirmed 34 to 45 dates:

July 24
August 21
September 18

Your ticket includes date matching services and a complementary welcome drink on me. There is no other provider in Saskatoon that offers this value.

Do Sask runs events with a minimum 7 men and 7 women registered in advance. That means you’re guaranteed at least 7 ‘dates’, or you’ll get your money back.

Saskatoon Summer Speed Dating 2018

Where: Finn’s Irish Pub in the Park Town Hotel
When: Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
What: 120 mins of fun & fast dating
Cost: $35 includes all taxes, fees, and a welcome drink

Finn’s Irish Pub generously invited Saskatoon Speed Dating to take over their space for the summer to give you a shot at love. Follow Finn’s Irish Pub on Facebook for other unique events in Saskatoon.

7 Tacky Last-Minute DIYs to Inspire You for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree

Between extended hours baking cookies at the stove, multiple deadlines before the end of the year, and getting crafty to make handmade gifts for my loved ones Christmas is the busiest most wonderful time of year at Do Sask Headquarters. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to get my outfit ready for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree.

Mixing eggnog into my morning coffee almost totally makes up for it!

If your holiday season is anything like mine, you’re probably wondering where to find the time to put together a prize-winning outfit for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree on December 12 and December 19 at the Hose & Hydrant Pub. Well, not to worry. I’ve done the work for you, so you don’t have to!

Here are some of the tackiest last-minute outfits I could find to inspire your look for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree:

1. Use your tinsel to steal the show as an eye-catching tannenbaum.

Photo via Pinterest

You might need a friend to wrap the tinsel around you, or you could tie it around a door knob and spin. Finish the look in 5 minutes or less!

2. Go bow-nanas with a chic take on tacky Christmas DIYs.

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Black shirt, leggings, tape and bows. This basic look may take 30 minutes or less with three of your friends taping and sticking.

3. Pimp your beard! Show off that luscious mane with battery-operated string lights.

Photo via Bored Panda

Once you’re finished weaving the lights into your beard hair, top off this colourful look with a flannel jacket and stylish cap.

4. Channel Lil’ Kim circa 1999 with a holiday spin in this sexy Rudolf getup.  

Photo via Twitter

There’s a NSFW ladies version, but this sweater seems like it’s better suited for adventurous/hilarious dudes.

5. This cold shoulder grumpy cat sweater is something I’d consider wearing regularly.

Photo via Homemade Home

Okay, minus the Santa hat. It’s kind of cute.

6. Paired up? How about this lovely couples’ sweater set…

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Because everyone can relate to Rudolf now and then. Especially at Christmastime.

7. Or this not-so-subtle Frosty the Snowman tribute?

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Props to this spirited couple for going all-in with their innuendo.

7. This mantle-place replica with stockings and fire get a standing ovation from me.

Photo via Pinterest

Not sure if this girl dressed up for an ugly sweater party, or had to stand in as a fireplace at Christmas.

About Do Sask’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Singles Soiree

Do Sask is known for connecting people to new ideas and activities at speed dating events, art classes, and brewery tours in Saskatoon. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at the Hose & Hydrant Pub is the perfect opportunity to come and meet the Do Sask community. Registration is by donation with 50% of all profits donated to the YWCA Turning Points Program.

Friends and the curious welcome, regardless of relationship status.

Optional speed dating will be offered along with hilarious party games, prizes for ugliest sweater, and raffle draws. Do Sask throws out the old rules of speed dating for a more connective experience.

There are two Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirees for different age groups:
  1. December 12 – 38 and under. Click HERE for details and to register.
  1. December 19 – 36 and over. Click HERE for details and to register.

Both start at 7 pm and run ’til late. Please wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you have one! (Santa hats work, too!)

Tickets are by donation with half of all profits going to YWCA Turning Points programThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, December 12 and 19, 2017 starting at 7 pm. Please share your tacky outfit ideas in the comments below.

Speed Dating for Singles 34 to 48 – Do Sask

Get out of your comfort zone and off of Tinder.

Our current match percentage is 83%! That means you’re more than likely to meet someone you want to get to know.

Meet face-to-face with great new people who could be your perfect match. You’re invited to ditch your smartphone for real connection at Do Sask’s speed dating and social mixer for people in their mid thirties to mid forties.

We’ll give you ice breakers, conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles. At the end of the night you’ll hand in your match card and be notified of your matches the following day. Contact details are only shared with mutual matches, or friendship matches.

Please arrive about 15 minutes early in order to sign the activity waiver, get your name card, and order your complementary drink before the dating begins.

Registration includes a drink ticket, appetizers, and matching service. There are non-alcoholic refreshments if you are a non-drinker.

If you like the people you meet, feel free to stay a while and enjoy 2 for $12 appies. Import beer buckets or cooler buckets for $25. Happy hour pricing until 9pm.

No refunds. You need to show up!

SINGLES ONLY Ages 34-48

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR HOST VENUE:

The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub

Instagram: @thehoseandhydrant

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoseandhydrant/

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the minimum age is 34.

What is the age range of attendees?

Ages range from 34-48. If you are within 1 to 2 years above or below the age you are welcome to join.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info@dosask.com, or call 306-241-3462.

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds. You need to show up!

When does registration close?

Ticket sales end as soon as the event sells out, or 24 hours prior to the event. We do this to ensure that there is an even amount of genders and to notify our venue of how many people will be in attendance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your registration is automatically tracked, but you need to check in with Amy when you arrive to sign the waiver, get your name tag, and order your drink.

Saskatoon Speed Dating in the Summer

Saskatoon Speed Dating Tuesdays
The dog days of summer are no more…

Okay, my phone has been burning up lately. Folks have been missing Saskatoon speed dating this July. Someone even emailed asking me to find them a wife. (If I could do that, believe me I would be a very wealthy woman!)

Thanks for having patience while I take some much-needed time off with my hubby.

Saskatoon Speed Dating Dates Announced

Luckily, Do Sask is making up for the time away with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR events coming up to set you up for a summer of lovin’:

AUGUST 1, ages 24 – 38

Register HERE.

AUGUST 15, ages 44 – 58

Register HERE.

AUGUST 29, ages 34-48

Register HERE.

SEPTEMBER 12, ages 21-31

Register HERE.

Every Other Tuesday at The Hose & Hydrant Pub

I’m thrilled to announce The Hose & Hydrant Pub is now a regular host venue for Saskatoon Speed Dating very other Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.! They have generously let us take over half of the bar to give you a shot at love.

Let’s give Anton, Ana, and the servers at the Hose a big round of applause next time, shall we?

Save up to $50!

Tickets are $35 including taxes and fees via Eventbrite, or $25 cash throughout summer at the Thursday Night Art Market. Register for up to 5 speed dating tickets in advance to save up to $50 on speed dating.

Offer ends September 7, 2017.

$35 Registration Announcement

In case you missed my latest FB announcement, I’d like to thank all of the speed daters who took part my pre-launch events in the first half of 2017.

It’s been a blast trying new things with you as we grow this awesome activity in Saskatoon.

Due to the popularity of Saskatoon speed dating and the increased demand that they require, you will notice that the cost per ticket will be $35 including all taxes and fees at our subsequent speed dating nights.

This will not only make it possible for me to keep hosting events, but you’ll get extra value in your ticket with better quality supplies available, a minimum date guarantee and an array of local event options coming soon!

Your ticket still includes matching, a complementary drink and appetizers. There is no other provider in Saskatoon that offers this value.

Additionally, Do Sask will not run events unless there is a minimum of 14 people registered in advance.

That means you’re guaranteed at least 7 dates, or you’ll get your money back.

The Matching Process

Most people ask about how matching works, so I thought I’d give you the rundown. It takes between two to three hours to match all attendees and reconcile the data to ensure that no mistakes have been made. (Sometimes clerical errors happen, but I try very hard to avoid that!)

When you hand in your match card at the end of the night, I organize it the following morning on a spreadsheet (from SpeedDater):

Match + Match = Dating Match

Match + Friend = Friendship Match

Friend + Friend = Friendship Match

Match + No = No Match

Friend + No = No Match

No + No = No Match

I then follow up with each and every match to let them know the details of their connections which takes about 1.5 hours.

When all is said and done, the entire matching process takes about 4 hours on average. This doesn’t include the time spent finding the people to attend speed dating, advertising, setting up the venue, setting up ticketing, selling tickets, etc.

If you have any additional questions or concerns related to this increase, or you want to register for an upcoming event contact info@dosask.com.

Saskatoon Speed Dating Connects People with Purpose

Throw out the old rules of speed dating for a more interactive and connective experience.
90% of our dates matched with at least one other person.

Last week, the people of YXE got out of their comfort zones and off of Tinder for the first ever Saskatoon Speed Dating Night presented by Do Sask.

They met face-to-face with great new people in a casual, relaxed atmosphere courtesy of The Hose & Hydrant.

I asked all attendees to ditch their smartphones in favour or real connection for a night of socializing.

We turned traditional “speed dating” upside down for a more interactive experience by providing conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles at the start.

The only rules of the night were:

  1. Don’t ask about your dates’ profession.
  2. Don’t ask where your dates live.

Instead, I encouraged the singles to ask each other about their favourite hobbies, food, activities, and interests. When folks talk about the things they love doing it makes them come alive while demonstrating the best parts of their personalities.

Jolene Watson, Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Practitioner of Clarity Coaching dropped by.

She briefly talked about the myth of opposite attractions, having clear goals in mind, and knowing exactly what type of personality you have before looking for an ideal partner.  As a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, she also provided insight on overcoming stressful social situations as an introvert.

People Bingo was a fun ice breaker game to kick off night.

I gave participants 10 minutes to mingle, introduce themselves, and find people who match the traits on the card. They had to put the person’s name in the corresponding box or have the person sign the appropriate square.  The first person to fill five boxes across or down yelled BINGO!

Then it was go time! Speed dating ran for the rest of the night.

Each date was 4 minutes long. They only had 30 seconds in between each one to choose whether their date was a friend, a yes, or a no on their match card. This gave people a chance to go with their gut instincts. At the end of the night, I asked each participant to hand in their match cards.

Contact details were only shared if there was a mutual match.

Over 90% of people had at least one match!

Of the people attending, 9/10 walked away with at least one match.

That’s what I call a successful start to Do Sask’s singles night!

Here’s what the singles had to say about Saskatoon Speed Dating:

4 stars –  “Fun & interesting – great new thing to do to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  :)”

5 stars – “Casual, no pressure, easy, comfortable.”

5 stars – “Very easy environment to start talking to people. Host has good energy. Opener game was an awesome ice breaker.”

4 stars – “More single people should try this! Much better way to meet people.”

4 stars – “It was a lovely evening.”

5 stars – “GREAT TIME! Amy was great. A group of us stayed drinking together until around midnight.”

5 stars – “Casual, low pressure, cool people.”

“I had fun 🙂 I hope you get more ppl and it grows cause it’s a great idea and a nice environment to meet people 🙂 good luck!!”

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