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Adventure Games Night
With consideration to the Government’s measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and in the interest of our attendees health, the safety of others, and our hosts well being, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule this event. You can read our official statement here.
- Your personal live-matching experience (one-of-a-kind, patent pending)
- SUPER FUN games
- Post-event messaging
- Appetizers (YUM!)
What’s NOT included?
- Your fully-charged smartphone which you will use to view and add your guests.
- A cash or credit bar is available for drinks (drinks not included).
What's the average size of a Secret RSVP event?
Secret RSVP events are fully-hosted, medium to large-scale events. The size varies and can be between 35 to over 60 singles per event, with close to equal gender ratio.
When can I see the profiles of other guests going to the event?
You can only view the profiles of event attendees once you are checked-in by our event host at the event. This also keeps your profile private and visible only to those committed to attending the event.
How does messaging work with the event app?
After the event ends, messaging will be unlocked in the app (30 - 60 minutes after) so you can start sending messages to those you met at the event and continue the social experience.
What should I bring to the event?
Your lovely self and personal fully-charged smartphone!
What's the dress code?
Smart casual always works!
More questions? Read our Calgary Events FAQ at the bottom of the page.
You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite shortly after booking your tickets. If you cannot find the message in your inbox, please check your spam folder or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance (do not make a second booking). Please review your booking carefully before checking out.
This is an indoor experience which will take place in either a secret or revealed venue location.
All tickets are issued as Standard entries and include a general admission to the experience. When tickets sell out, a waitlist will be opened.
Refunds up to 7 days before event. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.
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You can expect a fun, relaxed, and modern way to meet many new Calgary singles.
You can expect to meet in one evening over games and group-based activities – all within a pressure-free environment. While we won’t promise you’ll meet the “one” (although people have) – you can be sure you’ll have a great time and make meaningful connections.
And you can expect to NOT be speed dating Calgary style!
Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, shy or out-going, we attract all types of professional singles. We also see people come back to our events so we must be doing something right. We think it’s largely due to the way we designed our events to be a low-pressure way to connect IRL and that’s something we all need to do more of these days.
Let technology do the work for you! When you secretly add those you’re interested to meet at a live event, our patent-pending live-matching algorithm springs into action and assigns EVERYONE into smaller, more intimate groups for a round of SUPER-FUN games designed to help you discover personalities. There are usually 3 rounds of live-matching small groups per event.
All our dating nights in Calgary have a limit on specific ages, however, we do allow a 1 – 2-year leeway outside these ranges. So if you’re outside this age range, please let us know your interest by joining our club list for future events in your age group.
We understand that meeting singles can be nerve-wracking. The extra moral support from friends can help (and our hosts are great with helping you feel comfy too)! After all, this is a social event so your friends are always welcome to come along with you. Just remember that they also need a ticket and will be required to create a unique profile, and be prepared to join different groups to meet different people.
Nope! We’re fully-electronic! Once you have registered for the event, we will have your registration details so there is no need to bring your printed ticket.
All our events in every city are specially themed to suit the culture and types of singles we attract.
Since Calgary is well-known for its western culture, we have this event “flavor” baked right in (and no we’re not talking about a Stampede breakfast).
Part of the big draw to our events is the warm social theme and small group activities. So without “spilling the beans” just yet, there are many ideas planned for our western-style events & adventures.
The unique style of our singles events also fits right in with those pioneering and adventurous Calgary singles we seem to attract who have chosen the wild west of Canada as their home.
But that’s not to say everyone falls under the adventure type because we do get quite a diverse mix of singles in Calgary from a variety of professions, backgrounds, and personalities. And it’s such a cool sight to behold when different types of people are brought together in a secret way and real chemistry occurs. It’s very similar to a science experiment when mixing unknown chemicals together – it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” that spark will occur and we’ve seen it happen firsthand.
Our singles dating nights are a refreshing spin on the old and awkward singles events of the past like speed dating and mixer events.
Calgary is home to some wonderful venues that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting our events in. We do like to keep our locations secret just because we are after all all about keeping things that way 🙂 As much as we love the western theme of this great city that doesn’t mean you’ll find our events nestled in some loud and dark cowboy-style venue. Quite the contrary.
We’re always on the lookout for new venues and locations, whether that’s down on 17th Avenue with its high concentration of pubs and lounges or over in Mission with its upscale Irish pubs and well-heeled wine bars. We’re also attracted to areas like Kensington and Sunnyside with its great neighborhood pubs and fancy lounges, and of course, the downtown core has loads of popular pubs and lounges.
While we don’t want to harp on those who may enjoy speed dating in Calgary, we do know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and definitely not for us.
Besides, there’s already plenty of Calgary speed dating events (or speeding dating as some like to call it) out there. So if that’s something you prefer then we won’t stand in your way. Speed dating does have its good points and may be better suited for those singles who prefer that type of experience.
However, if you’d rather do something unique and fun that’s more social and modern – then you’ve come to the right place!
We created Secret RSVP out of a passion to help everyone be social, and hopefully discover chemistry secretly. Therefore, our vision is for Secret RSVP events to be in every corner of this beautiful planet for people of all ages. For now, we are limited by demand but with your help in spreading the word about us, we know that our vision will be fulfilled someday. In the meantime, if you do not see any events within your desired age range, please let us know you’re interested in attending our Calgary singles events by adding yourself here.
The best way to know what new things we have planned is to get on our Secret RSVP Club list. We’ll notify you as soon as tickets are available for our Calgary singles events!
The time has come to bring a new way to meet singles in Calgary and experience
We’ve actually been featured in a few places which you can read on our media page.
Learn 7 ways we’re different than speed dating in Calgary.
#1 : Speed Dating has a low success rate
Certainly, every Calgary speed dating company will claim their events will work for you. But what do the experts say?
Here are 3 extensive studies that put speed dating to the test to answer that question:
- Study #1: In an ABC news study, run by sociologist Dan McFarland and professor Dan Jurafsky, of Stanford University. They measured nearly 1,000 real speed dates where the candidates were single and serious about finding connections. After the research concluded, they found that only 20 percent of participants matched with each other. But what was more surprising was that out of the small group who did actually match, a mere 9 percent were successful at setting up a date following the event.
- Study #2: In a study titled, Predictors of Initial and Long-Term Outcomes of Speed-Dating researchers Asendorpf, Penke, and Back, tested close to 400 singles across 17 events. Their goal was to determine how effective speed dating was at finding a romantic partner. And how well did speed dating fare in this study? A mere 6 percent of participants ended up reaching the intimacy stage. This finding was confirmed both after 6 weeks and 1 year after the event.
- Study #3 : In a speed dating study titled “Too much of a good thing? Variety is confusing in mate choice” conducted by University of Edinburgh psychologist Alison P. Lenton and University of Essex economist Marco Francesconi. They analyzed more than 3,700 dating decisions across 84 speed-dating events. The insights gathered revealed inherent weaknesses in how speed dating works. They concluded that the fast and repetitive method of speed dating causes participants to make poor choices and leads to weak matches forming.
So what do all these studies tell us about speed dating?
Speed dating has a low “match” success rate.
The first hurdle to overcome at any speed dating event is to get a match with someone. A lot can go wrong during a typical speed “date” and if you can’t relax and be yourself, it’s pretty hard to showcase all your wonderful qualities. But even if you do match with someone there is still yet another barrier to cross. See issue #2 below.
A “match” has a low chance of leading to an actual date.
Even if you “match” with someone from a speed dating event, this does not mean it will lead to an actual date. As the experts repeatedly noticed from the studies, after the events concluded, most participants who received matches, did not follow up or were not interested in setting up a date.
So why the poor after-event success rates? The experts came to this insight:
These events do not provide participants with enough of a memorable or bonding experience to occur.
While speed dating may be efficient at organizing a small group of singles together in a structured format, its fast meeting method is not effective at building strong enough connections to proceed to actual dates.
Speed Dates vs Shared Experiences
Most would agree that speed dating is an efficient method of meeting but is it effective? You can be efficient with things but people are not things. Not everyone can relax in an environment where they are feeling pressured or judged.
The core issue with speed “dates” is that they often resort to dull small talk that many attendees claim resembles more of a job interview. Everyone is in a hurry to “get the goods” which leads to repetitive questions or awkward silences and that can really drain the energy between attendees.
Repeating this dull process many times over becomes an experience a person has to endure. It’s no wonder attendees often can’t recall whom they wrote down as matches on their scorecard or what they even talked about.
In contrast, when people have an activity or game and are having fun interacting with other people organically, there is a greater chance for people to relax, be themself, and have shared experiences.
This is why we designed Secret RSVP events to work this way.
Our aim is for attendees to have fun while spontaneously having memorable moments with other singles.
As the scientific research clearly indicates above, this is the right approach.
Singles need a memorable or bonding experience.
We’ve seen it happen time and time again. What commonly occurs after our events, is that attendees who met and felt a spark will continue their conversations through our event app. They have talking points and highlights that occurred during their shared event experience. This bond helps them continue their conversations successfully and move to the next step and set up actual dates.
#2 : We make Calgary dating fun and relaxed through playing games.
Speed dating is not exactly what most would call relaxing or fun. Its method of meeting is notorious for “dates” that are repetitive and filled with interview-style conversations.
You are there to go through a treadmill of awkward “dates” which can be exhausting. It’s also high-pressure and can be hard to showcase yourself so people can get to know the real attractive you.
When we’re under a tight deadline to perform, we immediately feel stress and pressure. Olympic athletes spend years training so they can perform at a peak level for one event. A first date can is stressful enough but having to wade through an assembly line of “dates” is a nerve-wracking ordeal. This is a hard and unnatural way to meet someone at first.
The pressure is always high at speed dating events because you only have a few minutes to make the perfect first impression. This arrangement makes it hard to relax and be yourself so people can get to know the real you. This is a lost opportunity.
This is why Secret RSVP events focus on helping you relax through play. You will always be more attractive when you are relaxed and having fun. As Plato once said:
“You Can Discover More About a Person in an Hour of Play than in a Year of Conversation”
This is why we use group games and activities so you can get to know others more naturally through play. This is where chemistry is often discovered between people and you just never know when it shows up.
Play is also a great way to drop your guard and just have fun in-the-moment. Having a game or activity to focus on, allows you to make a better first impression, and is a great way to remove the pressure of meeting new people.
That’s why a key focus of Secret RSVP events is to enable an experience that’s more about having fun and making friends first. Meeting new singles should be a fun experience – not something to dread.
There is nothing that brings people together better and more memorable than enjoying fun and games with others. Whether you’re playing the latest party game or working together as a team, this is how personalities naturally come out which leads to bonding and discovering chemistry in a natural way.
Games are a great way to have fun while getting to know others in a more organic way.
The way we see it, the more we help you relax, the more you can be yourself so others can get to know you as you really are.
There‘s a reason our events commonly go beyond the official event end times. It’s because people are enjoying the experience that’s occurring around them.
#3 : Enjoy a unique Calgary dating experience where you get to choose who you want to meet – with your phone.
At your typical Calgary speed dating events, you’ll have to sit through every single one on one date – there is no escape. Many will say “well it’s only 4 minutes”. But that’s not really true. Sometimes a whole event can be filled with a whole string of awkward dates that turns into a 2-hour long dull evening out.
At Secret RSVP events, you’ll need to bring your phone because it’s a big part of the Calgary dating event experience.
This is because you have control over what happens during the evening which you do by secretly indicating your interests using the Secret RSVP event app on your phone.
This is done mostly at the start of the event. Then, the algorithm does the hard part of finding the right connections and inviting everyone to meet in small groups over 3 rounds.
And since no one knows how they’re connected in groups, you can relax and can get to know others without expectations. And no one knows if you’re interested in them.
#4 : Meet more singles than you would at Calgary speed dating events.
Speed dating events are typically small and must be capped due to event time constraints. Most speed dating Calgary companies promise a minimum of 5 singles for you to meet. The max is dependent on the event schedule so the more daters they let in the less time you’ll have to get to know each date so there is a limit they need to maintain.
Their events are heavily dependent on turnout which can affect gender balancing. So if just one gender does not show, you may have to sit alone for some rounds.
Dating is after all a numbers game. The more singles you can meet the better. This is why Secret RSVP events are larger-scale and can be as large as 60 attendees. Your chances of finding someone compatible increases the more people we have in attendance.
#5 : It’s cooler than speed dating Calgary events.
When speed dating was first invented over 20 years ago, events attracted diverse crowds. Up for a laugh, people were willing to try it out. But as the years have gone on, the “shine” and popularity of speed dating has dwindled which has led to very different audiences.
Maybe you’re wondering if Calgary speed dating is worth your time and money. Maybe you’re embarrassed to admit to anyone you’re thinking of going.
You’re not alone.
Many singles interested in Calgary dating are also wondering the same things.
As you can see from these discussions on Reddit here,
And if you read any of those threads, you can quickly see the kind of reputation speed dating has.
Unlike typical speed dating in Calgary, we don’t ring any bells or use any cheesy name tags. Our focus is always on keeping things cool and relaxed so you can focus on being your unique and sexy self.
#6 : Calgary dating should be relaxed.
Speed dating is a one-on-one format. Not everyone likes that.
Some people are way more comfortable in a group where the focus and pressure is spread out and they can interact on a more relaxed level.
A lot of key communication is non-verbal and easier to read when you’re not in a one-on-one situation.
This is why Secret RSVP events are structured so you first meet others through activities. It’s a great way to meet new people. Conversations flow more naturally when there are others about, plus you can always talk while you’re experiencing an activity along the way.
After all, we believe your first one-on-one “date” experience should be after our event with just the two of you. That’s when you can share more of yourself and build on your shared experience.
#7 : More than your typical Calgary dating event.
Speed dating events are only about finding someone to date.
But sometimes the best marriages start out as friendships. That’s why the aim of our events is to get to know others while in a team.
Again, if your aim is to find someone to share your life, you need to find a great team player. That’s why we play lots of games that involve working as teams.
When you are set up in just 1 on 1 situations, it’s pretty hard to get to know others of the opposite gender at the event.
The great part about our events is that not only can you meet someone for romantic interests but many of our attendees also end up meeting new friends, and even for networking purposes as well.
While we don’t promise you’ll meet “the one” you do know that you will have a fun night out and meet a lot of new singles along the way.
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