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Couple’s Valentine’s Day event brings singles an online party full of performances

Penelope James   |   Fri, 3 Feb 2023

Real talk, Vibe readers: I’ve never been as excited for a Couple online speed-dating soiree as I am for next week’s Couple Cupid Event. This special pre-Valentine’s Day party goes live at 7pm ET on Thursday, 2/9, and it’s full of platform firsts.

In addition to lots of online speed dates and the launch of Couple virtual gifting (which you can read about here), I’m super pumped about the platform’s first foray into live performances and guest-led interactive experiences. Couple clinched a stellar line-up of entertainers and special VIPs, and we can't wait for them to make their mingle-room debuts.

Check out the “who’s who” list of headliners below, and then sign up to meet your valentine at this epic event full of live everything.

Portrait of comedian Marc Gerber

Meet comedian Marc Gerber

Marc Gerber is a born-and-bred New Yorker who has been performing stand-up for over ten years in New York City and beyond. His debut album, Avid Indoorsman, debuted as No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts and is in regular rotation on SiriusXM comedy stations.

Equally adept at satirizing the State of the Union and the state of his own affairs, Marc has been featured on CNN’s RunningMate podcast, The Steve Harvey Show, and MTV ( just to name a few).

With a resume as impressive as that, we’re humbled as heck to have him performing in the mingle rooms at the Couple Cupid Event. Check out this hilarious comedian live on February 9th, give his album a listen here, and follow him on Twitter.

Musician Taylor Abrahamse holding acoustic guitar

Meet musician Taylor Abrahamse

Taylor Abrahamse is an award-winning singer/songwriter/actor who has made a splash singing and playing guitar during previous Couple events. We're thrilled to have him on board as an official performer for our Valentine’s event, and we know he’s grateful for the opportunity to not only share his talents with the Couple community, but also to seek its support for Toronto arts and culture.

Recently, at the peak of the Torono real-estate and housing crisis (and despite the support of investors), Silverthorn Studios – the professional recording studio Taylor co-founded – was demolished, and Taylor was forced to leave the city he had called home for fourteen years.

It was a devastating turn of events for Taylor personally and the Toronto music community as a whole, and he is committed to rebuilding the studio in partnership with beloved music venue Hugh’s Room Live. Their shared vision is to create a community arts-and-performance center -- an affordable and inclusive creative hub for the next generation of Toronto musicians.

If you’re interested in helping Taylor with this mission, enter this raffle for a chance to win some great gifts (such as a $250 gift card to music shop Long & McQuade and a custom song from Taylor himself), and stay updated about the release of Taylor’s final Silverthorn recordings here.

Hands holding bottle of whiskey made by All Points West Distillery

Meet Gil Spaier, owner of All Points West Distillery

Gil Spaier, former architect turned award-winning whiskey maker, is the owner of All Points West Distillery. Located in Newark, NJ (and only six miles away from America’s first distillery), All Points West blends approaches from the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the U.S. to craft its own distinct spirits.

Couple is thrilled to welcome Gil to the Couple Cupid Event, where he’ll teach attendees how to craft two beautiful cocktails, the Pink Gin Sour/Fitzgerald and a Manhattan. (No better way to start and end a bunch of first dates than with an expertly mixed drink, eh?) Event registrants will receive the cocktail recipes in advance so they can stock up on supplies before the big night. (And hot tip, you can purchase All Points West spirits here.)

Model and actor Mitchell Jones (a.k.a. Pedrooo) in front of city skyline

Meet Cupid (slash actor, model, and activist) Pedrooo

Mitchell Jones (a.k.a. Pedrooo) is an activist in his community, taking time to mentor and provide for those in need. He’s also an Atlanta-based independent artist who is dedicated to painting a picture and making words come alive in his music. Pedrooo has been part of major projects with artists like Enchanting, Ne-Yo, and Rylo Rodriguez. He’s the creator and owner of the I GOT FAITH Foundation and Apparel, he has hosted his own radio morning show, and he’s partners with Red Light Studio ATL production company.

We’re big Pedrooo fans here at Couple (he’s even appeared in past seasons of CoupleTV!), and we’re thrilled he’s sharing his talents and love with us at our special Cupid Event.

Model Jake Ondrus walking on a beach

Meet Cupid (slash actor, model, and guide) Jake Ondrus

Jake Ondrus is an actor, model, and guide ... and CoupleTV contestant extraordinaire!

Jake also competed in the Mister Grand International competition as Mister Grand Canada in 2021, which, given his many talents, is no surprise. He came in fourth – an amazing accomplishment – and we’re grateful that he’s sharing his heart (and heartthrob status) with us at our inaugural Couple Cupid Event.

Marc, Taylor, and Gil's “official” sets will begin at the start of the event and at the top of the after-party, so head directly to their respective mingle rooms if you want to catch them in action. As for our Cupids, they’ll be floating around the other mingle rooms all evening, spreading love and giving away Couple Coins.


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