Why I Love Toronto: Dating on a budget at Harbourfront Centre’s DJ skate night
When: Every Saturday until February 20 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Where: Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queen Quay West
Cost: Skate Rentals $8 each (if needed) and around $6 at the Lakeside Local Bar & Grill for a warm drink.
Dating Level: For the first daters to the established couples.
Type of Couple: The ones who don’t mind the cold, like to be active and love music.
Once again Harbourfront Centre is hosting DJ Skate Night on the Natrel Rink where couples, and families, can skate to the sounds of local and international DJ’s playing a wide variety of music.
I will admit this date is for the couple who can brave the cold and will require you to bundle up and do some physical exercise. However, it is worth it because you will most likely hold hands as you circle around one of the most scenic rinks in Toronto. The reason, in my opinion, it is the most scenic rink is because you get a great view of the partially frozen Lake Ontario and Centre Island as well as a view of the city skyline all lit up with the CN Tower towering over you.
This is a great dating experience that will cost you hardly anything. The only things that will cost you are Skate Rentals, if you don’t a pair of skates, and maybe a warm drink after, which is possible for under $20.
Now I did this date and felt as though I should point out the mistakes I made.
Tip 1: If you have skates bring them. The skate rental building gets busy and my date had to get a size that was to big because they ran out of his size, which led to ample complaining. If you do need to rent skates it is only $8 per person, but get there when the event starts to ensure you get your size.
Tip 2: Bring a backpack or duffle bag if you do own skates. Since a lot of people rent skates, that means they need lockers to store their shoes. By all means you can leave your bags at the benches around the rink, but if you’re paranoid, bring a backpack or duffle bag to put around you while you skate.
♂ Long-tailed Ducks @ Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (Morning, early November, bright & sunny).
Of all diving ducks, the Long-tailed Duck spends the most time under water relative to time on the surface. When it is foraging it is submerged three to four times as much as it is on top of the water.
Typically I’m not a traditional theatre fanatic, but I really enjoyed the theatre/dance production TAJ this past Friday, my first event associated with Luminato. TAJ artfully depicted the love story and the tribulations behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. It was great to see Lisa Ray, a well known actress (Water, Bollywood Hollywood), in a live theatre production. Playing her father, the dreamer behind the Taj Mahal was the studly Kabir Bedi. Those unfamiliar with Bollywood may recognize him from The Bold and the Beautiful - Meow-ow! (jjk, he’s older than my Dad).