Want to meet other singles ages 20-45 who share your interests? Speed dating is a fun and easy way to meet lots of potential dates and new friends in one evening... with a literary twist! Participants are given five minutes to chat with each person. After the event, potential matches will be contacted through an anonymous email that you provide. (We will never share your real name or email address with anyone except the matches you've selected.)
Bring a favourite book to discuss and lots of personality! True love and light refreshments will be served. There will also be prizes given away throughout the evening.
This event is open to people with disabilities or those who self-identify as having a disability. Able-bodied individuals are also welcome. Our space is fully accessible, with barrier-free washrooms. Accomodations can be made to fit unique needs with prior notice given, such as (but not limited to) ASL interpreters and volunteer support workers. Please contact the branch ahead of time with questions, or to let us know how we can make this event as accommodating, comfortable, and fun as possible for you.
Space is limited, so register soon! For more information please see our FAQs below, or call 416-393-7746 or visit the branch.
Read about our past Literary Speed Dating events here (link via The Toronto Star).
Toronto Public Library is an inclusive organization, and all genders, sexualities, and orientations are welcome. For bi, pan, asexual, trans, intersex, two-spirited, genderqueer, poly, and/or all GRSM participants, please see our FAQs below about how to participate in events additional to this one, such as Women & Trans Literary Speed Dating (future dates TBA).
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. We ask that all participants be between the ages of 20 and 45.
If this event if for people with disabilities, why is it also open to able-bodied people?
While we're thrilled and excited to be doing an event with people with disabilities in mind, we want to keep it as open and accessible as possible by including everyone. We want to celebrate and advocate for people with disabilities and give everyone the opportunity to participate in this fun event and meet potential dates, regardless of ability. Physical ability doesn't preclude anyone from having a healthy love life, and we're proud to shout this from the rooftops with our friends with disabilities (and hopefully find everyone some cute dates in the process!). However, we don't believe in promoting a message that people with disabilities should only date other people with disabilities, and as such, the event is open to everyone regardless of if they identify as disabled or otherwise.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is street parking and paid parking lots around the library. The branch is also easily accessible by TTC, either by the College or Spadina streetcars (we're located one block east of Spadina on College). Those travelling by Wheel Trans can arrange for drop-off and pickup at the branch.
Is there a waitlist?
Yes! In addition to offering tickets to those on the waitlist through Eventbrite as they become available, it's also possible to score a seat by coming to the library on the day of the event. If we have last-minute cancellations or no-shows, we will happily open up a spot for you to participate. You'll know by 6:45 p.m. whether we can accomodate you. If you aren't able to get a seat at this event, though, be sure to leave us your name, number, or email address, and we will let you know when future events of this kind will be held.
What time do the doors open? How long will you hold my spot for?
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. If you are running late, we will hold your seat until 6:45 before releasing it to someone on the waitlist.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We encourage everyone to bring in their favourite book, comic, or graphic novel to discuss with potential dates, but if you can't think of one, movies, video games, and CDs are welcome too! (Think outside the box! You could also talk about your favourite blog, newspaper or magazine, or cookbook.) Since refreshments will be provided, we ask that participants refrain from bringing food or drink to the event out of respect for food sensitivities others might have.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Conditionally; you may transfer your ticket to someone else provided we're able to keep the 50/50 ratio of men to women. We ask that those with a transferred ticket give the correct name upon registration.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, so we can confirm your name at the registration desk and check you off as present. Alternatively, if you have your ticket on your phone or mobile device, that's fine too.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
If someone has transferred their ticket to you, yes, but we will need to take down your own name.
I'm bi, pansexual, asexual, poly, or otherwise SRM. What are my options?
This event is absolutely open to queer individuals looking to meet members of the opposite sex. For logistical reasons we don't have a bisexual or poly category because we wanted everyone to have the chance to meet the greatest number of individuals possible, including those who identify as straight (or other queer individuals at one of our LGBTQ+ events), in addition to those who identify as biseuxal or polysexual. For those seeking multiple partners, that is something we recommend discussing with potential dates privately to avoid miscommunication, but each "date" is one-on-one only. If you're ace but romantically inclined, we're also thrilled to have you at any of our events depending on your preferences. If you're genderqueer, female-, or trans-identifying, you are also welcome to attend a future Women & Trans Literary Speed Dating (dates TBA). No reason you can't do both if you're attracted to all genders and orientaions. Spread the love!
Are genderqueer, two-spirited, and/or trans men and women (or other gender minorities) welcome?
This is an inclusive event and we welcome all cis, trans, intersex, and genderqueer individuals who wish to participate. However, if you're trans or genderqueer and looking for someone of the same gender (or both!), we also recommend signing up for one of our upcoming LGBTQ+ events. If you're a genderqueer individual and wish to attend, you are more than welcome to do so, but note other participants may be seeking heteronormative or heterosexual relationships; it's up to your discretion to disclose information about your gender identity. While we may, with enough demand, host a nonbinary or genderqueer event in future, at this time it's recommended that discretion is used for which event you choose to participate in, as well as using biological sex to determine which ticket you order for this event. This will ensure you are able to meet members of your preferred gender at this event (so a men's ticket if you wish to date women, or a women's ticket if you wish to date men). Please accept our apologies that a better system does not yet exist on Eventbrite, and it is not a declaration of your gender, but rather whom you prefer to meet during the event.