Single and Eligible: This company offers gay and lesbian speed dating, as well as events for straight singles.

With the goal of “unlocking hearts” across Canada, Dashing Date will be hosting six events across Canada this Valentines day: two events each in Montreal and Ottawa and their debut in both Toronto and Vancouver.

In Vancouver, the #Hearts Unlocked Speed Dating Event will be taking place at The Distillery Bar Kitchen in Yaletown from 5pm to pm on February 14 and led by a fun and entertaining Dashing Date host.

I began to understand, though, that not everyone would go wild for someone who knits and is a sucker for rom-coms (I love the running scenes), but that was more than ok with me. Cupid needs help – and sometimes in the form of speed dating companies in the city. Rendezvous Club: This local company has been around since 2004, and regularly hosts speed dating sessions for a variety of age ranges.

I’ve attended their events, and had success with matches.

See their website or Facebook page for news on upcoming events. 25Dates.com: Sit down and get to know up to 25 new people (approximately 3 minutes each).

In the event you don’t get a match, you can attend another session for free.Before being accepted into the #Hearts Unlocked event, pre-screened eligible singles are prompted to write a short paragraph about themselves and upload two photos.For this specific Valentine’s Day event in Vancouver, #Hearts Unlocked is open to women age between 28 – 40 and men 30 – 42.But the truth is that we both downloaded apps on our phones, swiped right on each other’s pics, and lo and a behold, received an “It’s a Match! There are a variety of companies (see below) in Vancouver that offer the service but the premise is basically the same: you show up at a given venue and have a series of brief “dates” (sometimes only a few minutes long) with other singles. Fortunately, for those of you who still believe in the merits of face-to-face interaction (how quaint), there is another option out there.Based on your impressions, you check off yea or nay on a score sheet, and wait to hear back from the company about matches.