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Sci-Fi Speed Dating a strike during Toronto’s Fan Expo

TORONTO — Seeking: Jedi master. Must have good clarity of humour, be OK with PDAs and have entrance to lightsabers.

This isn’t your common washing list of things to demeanour for on a initial date, though for these 18 women and 27 guys, it was review that fit right during home. On a second day of Fan Expo Canada, these immature hopefuls sat in an differently muted-feeling discussion room during a Metro Toronto Convention Centre, anticipating to find their Han Solo to Princess Leia.

“It’s speed-dating for super fans of a comic, pop-culture and film world,” pronounced Ryan Glitch, a organizer of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, a match-making eventuality that runs via this weekend during a comic gathering and travels to other such festivals via North America. “And Sci-Fi Speed Dating sounded improved than Comic-Con speed dating.”

For a $20 fee, dudes over 19 — Glitch says women are giveaway since they shouldn’t have to compensate on a initial date — lay opposite from a date and discuss for 3 mins until Glitch announces time is adult and afterwards a guys change over to a subsequent chair and on to a subsequent date. At a finish of a session, any chairman outlines down a people they’ve clicked with regulating their chair numbers.

It’s kind of like in-person Tinder meets Star Trek.

But over that, Glitch insists it’s a tip how his complement matches adult people. He does say, however, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is some-more specialized than universal speed dating.

“You could be a free-spirited flower child stranded in a room with 50 lawyers,” he said. “Here, even if you’re a Trekkie and I’m into Star Wars, there’s something in common we can build from. You know a passion.”

Before a session, Glitch gathers a women and does a spiel about a reserve gesticulate in box of any bad date — where they feel worried or harassed. In that case, Glitch will get a vigilance and ask that bad date to leave. He runs a identical pre-date pronounce with a guys and asks everybody in a room to be respectful.

Most importantly, he tells them to be themselves.

“I usually wanted to accommodate someone or find new friends,” pronounced Olivia Lalonde, 19, dressed as Wednesday Addams. “I’m unequivocally nervous, though I’m anticipating for a best. I’m a small pressured since I’m a tad bit awkward, though we feel like it could be a unequivocally infrequent coffee date, in a brief volume of time.”

His events have resulted in 214 famous marriages, over 50 couples now intent and 29 babies in Canada and a U.S., Glitch said. It was during a identical geek speed dating eventuality 3 years ago where he, in his common Star Wars Jedi garb, met his mother — dressed as Xena: Warrior Princess — and 6 months ago, came over to a dim side, so to speak, by restraining a knot.

“It was in Denver,” he said. “I kept conference this splendid shrill laugh. At a finish of a session, she looked bummed out. ‘I usually got 5 numbers’ and we was like, ‘Here’s a sixth.’”

Fan Expo Canada runs until Sept. 3 during a Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

jyuen@postmedia.com

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