Dating on a Budget: The University Student’s Guide to Dating in Toronto
DJ Skate Night at the Harbourfront Centre
When: Every Saturday until February 8 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 if you want 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.
The Date Details
It’s time for me to re-introduce you to one of my favourite date nights! This year the Harbourfront Centre is once again hosting its DJ Skate nights where you can skate on the Natrel Rink to the sounds of local and international DJ’s who play a wide variety of music from Top 40, K-pop, Hip Hop and Rock! Plus it is a great conversation starter that automatically leads to the question “so what is your favourite genre of music?”
Now I will admit that this date is for the couple who can brave the cold and will require you and your date to bundle up and do some physical exercise, but it is truly a great date idea. Not only will you get to hold hands as you skate around the rink, but you will be on the Most Scenic Rink in Toronto. The reason it is the Most Scenic 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 and various condominiums.
After you have skated a few times around the rink and have busted a move to some super awesome tunes, why not head into the Lakeside Local Bar & Grill to grab a warm drink?
This year’s event runs every Saturday until February 8 between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. At the end of this post I have included the remaining DJ’s who will be spinning in the coming weeks. This is really a great dating experience that will hardly cost you 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 can doable for under $20.
Now I did a date like this last year and I felt I should point out the mistakes I made, so that you can avoid them this year.
Tip 1: If you have skates bring them. It gets really busy at the skating rental desk and last year my date needed to get a size to big because they ran out of their particular size, which led to complaining. If you do need to rent skates it is only $8 per person. However, get there as soon as the event starts to ensure you get your size. These are times I’m happy for my size 13 feet.
Tip 2: Bring a backpack or duffle bag if you do have your own skates. Since a lot of people rent, that means a lot of them need lockers to store their shoes. Therefore, lockers get full really quickly. Last year I made the mistake of bringing and carrying an A&F bag with our shoes in them. Let’s just say my hands hated me and had a permanent strap mark on them. If you choose to risk the locker go for it. Otherwise bring a backpack or duffle bag to put around you while you skate.
Other than that this is the perfect date night for all you athletic, cold braving lovebirds out there.
DJ Skate Night Schedule
- January 11, 2014 - Slowed on Ice with DJ Lucie Tic
- January 18, 2014 - Rare Winter Grooves with Footprints
- January 25, 2014 - Lunarskate with Pop! Goes the World (Music video dance frenzy on ice with Toronto’s number one K-Pop party crew)
- February 1, 2013 - Cherry Bomb on Ice with DJ Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat
- February 8, 2013 - Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince (Carnival inspired skating)