New Vancouver dating series premieres tonight!

One of the participants of First Dates.

One of the participants of First Dates.

A new series that looks at the world of dating in Vancouver premieres tonight on the Slice Channel.

Filmed on location at the Loft at Earls Kitchen & Bar Yaletown (1095 Mainland Street), the series pairs up local singles for real first dates, and captures all the attendant awkwardness and small talk.

Based on a format devised by Warner Bros.’ TV production arm, First Dates showcases singles who have been paired up for a first date with someone they’ve never met. In each episode, the cameras record the dates of three hand-matched couples.

In preparation, the restaurant was fitted with more than 30 fixed-rig cameras to capture every moment, including awkward small talk, flirtatious (or non-flirtatious) glances, faux pas, and subtle, or sometimes forced, smiles.

To make an already-awkward situation even more uncomfortable, at the end of the night, each single is interviewed solo, and asked to reflect on the best and worst moments of their date.

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The couples are then reunited side by side to reveal whether there will be a second date, or not.

The show airs back-to-back new episodes Tuesdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Slice.

To help promote the show, Earls’ Yaletown location is holding special free weekly advance screenings each Tuesday during the show’s seven-week run. TV screens through the room will play clips of the show interspaced with a live Twitter feed of #FirstDatesCan and #EarlsFirstDates comments. The evening begins at 6, with the screening at 7 (three hours in advance of actual air-time) with a new Vancouver Singles Night, including drinks and food at happy hour prices and a DJ, to follow.

Watch the promo here.

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