Finding the right date during the winter months can be a daunting task, especially when all we want to do is Netflix and chill.
If the Tinder game isn't quite doing it for you these days, check out the newly launched video-dating app, Zepeel, which is offering singles a new way to access potential partners through watching video profiles, talking on video messaging and scheduling real-time video chats.
Seriously, forget all the time you spent scrolling through those often misleading profile photos. With Zepeel, it's easier to get a more accurate picture of your possible date with the option to assess their tone of voice, pauses between phrases and overall speech cues.
Once you've found that sophisticated someone, try one or more of these seven first-time dates to spice up your snowy weekend in Toronto.
1. Sweat It Out At Toronto's First SoulCycle
Nothing will get your heart pumping more than a candlelit class at SoulCycle. Opening its doors on March 2 in Toronto's King West neighbourhood, this full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle brand offers fitness lovers a high-energy way to let off some steam. If you're not much of a talker, then sweating it out in a dark, music-filled room is probably for you! Toronto studio classes cost $20 for first time riders and $28 per class on a regular basis, with package options of five, ten or twenty classes.
2. Savour Your Sweet Tooth On Queen Street West
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If you're more of a foodie, then hit up a number of popular bakeries along Toronto's food-filled Queen West strip. Invite your date to try Terroni's Sud Forno, best known for their Nutella-filled Bomboloni sweet buns, Nadege Patisserie, for their many flavoured almond meringue macarons, or Dufflet Pastries, where you can indulge in layers upon layers of cake. And when you've had too many sweets, take a break by heading into the many cute clothing boutiques along the way.
3. Get One With Nature At Evergreen Brick Works
Feel like you're escaping the city by heading into the Evergreen Brick Works green space. Open all year around, this eco-environment features a weekend farmer's market, art exhibits and spacious nature trails. During most of the winter, the space also provides a free ice skating rink and a Winter Village, equipped with street-inspired food vendors and a designated area for sipping on mulled wine and other hot drinks.
4. Take A Spa Day At The Four Seasons
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Who says you can't get pampered while on a first date? Located in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto's Four Seasons Spa provides the perfect warm escape with 17 spacious treatment rooms, two steam rooms and a salon for both hair and nails. For those wishing to not break the bank, make sure to check out the hotel's monthly spa features, like this month's mani-pedi combo on sale for CAD $99, which is regularly CAD $135. And when you and your date are done, relax at the spa's glass-encased pool, overlooking the cityscape.
5. Skate Under The Stars At Nathan Phillips Square
For something a little more traditional, invite your date to go skating at one of Toronto's most celebrated attractions, Nathan Phillips Square. With skating going until about mid-March from 10am to 10pm, skip the busy daytime crowds and go skating at night to create more of a romantic feel. With skate rentals just $10 a pair, this marks an easy and affordable first-time date.
6. Take In Some Art At The AGO
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If you're looking to ignite your cultural side, invite your date to take in some of the many exhibits at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Spice it up by attending one of the AGO's First Thursdays events, happening on the first Thursday of every month, with live music, performative art installations, food and drinks.
7. Sit Front Row At Toronto's Fashion Week
While Toronto Fashion Week may be no more, fashion lovers can still experience fashion month with a combination of Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM) and the newly launched Toronto Women's Fashion Week (TW). Although the Fall/Winter 2017 shows wrapped up on March 12, keep an eye out for associated fashion events, leading up to the release of the Spring/Summer 2018 collections.
Interested in trying Zepeel? Check out more information about the app HERE.
This post was sponsored by Zepeel; however, all opinions are my own.
“Research shows that only 7% of communication is based on the words we say. 38% comes from tone of voice and the remaining percentage comes from body language,” says Steve Szikszay, Founder and CEO of Zepeel. “Zepeel’s structure allows users to see more of a potential partner’s character by absorbing the verbal and non-verbal cues given in their video profile.”