Montreal is a very romantic city. It is primarily French speaking which gives it a very European flare, and compared to other cities in North America it is extremely relaxed, and is a perfect environment for romance to blossom in. Singles in Montreal are afforded many opportunities to meet each other by the culture of the city itself. Citizens of Montreal, especially in the summer, spend much of their time outdoors and in public, and are very open to interacting. In contrast to 'colder' Canadian cities like Toronto, singles in Montreal will find themselves meeting people simply by strolling through the park on a summer day.
It comes as no surprise then, that Montreal speed dating has become increasingly popular. There are many organizations that facilitate speed dating (almost as many as there a Montreal single, it seems), so Montreal speed dating is easy to get into. Signing up with any number of speed dating companies, a Montreal single can go on many different dates in the same meeting. Montreal speed dating generally works by gathering all participants into a large space to more easily facilitate the constant changing of partners. After spending a few minutes with each partner, the Montreal speed dating organizer will then move you over to a different partner. During your brief time together, you are encouraged to talk over your interests and hobbies with your partner much in the way you would a normal date - that is the idea of Montreal speed dating after all: a condensed version of a normal date.
The advantage that Montreal speed dating offers to singles is the opportunity to meet and exchange their interests with different people quickly. This avoids one of the most common problems with dating: namely, that it usually takes a whole evening and costs both parties money. The problem, of course, is that you may quickly realize that the person you've elected to go on a date with is not really of interest to you (or vice versa) and now you've wasted an evening.
It is a common psychological phenomenon that human beings are able to judge each other's character and traits rather quickly. Montreal speed dating takes advantage of this principle: everyone has had the experience of getting to know someone, and most will admit that most of the time the impression they get of someone in the first ten minutes of meeting them turns out to be correct in the long run. In this way the organizations that set up Montreal speed dating ask the participants to consider this ability to get to know someone quickly, and to use it to their advantage: get the opportunity to meet dozens of people in a single evening, to radically increase your chances of finding someone that you are compatible with.
The average person goes on fewer than 10 'regular' length dates in a year, so they have 10 opportunities to meet someone that they may be compatible with. Montreal speed dating services allow people to go on 10 dates in an evening - a far more efficient way to get to know people.
Of course, you can never replace the experience of getting to know someone over the course of an evening with meeting them for 10 minutes, but practically speaking, that 10 minute 'speed date' can be an excellent marker of how well people are going to get along in the future. For this reason it is of little suprise that Montreal speed dating continues to grow in popularity.