Friend of a Friend Matchmaking Expands into Hamilton, LGBTQ Communities


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Friend of a Friend Matchmaking Expands into Hamilton, LGBTQ Communities


Frustrated singles rejoice! Friend of a Friend Matchmaking, a boutique introductions company founded by relationships writer Sofi Papamarko, is expanding its affordable and personalized services into two growing areas.

While always welcoming LGBTQ+ folks with open arms, Friend of a Friend has now brought on a dedicated LGBTQ+ "yenta" based in the Greater Toronto Area. Claire AH is a sex educator, public speaker and radio host who will be making inroads into Toronto's richly diverse queer community in the months and years to come.

“So many matchmaking services either have historically shut out LGBTQ+ people or have attempted to shoehorn them into heteronormative or even homonormative frameworks,” says Claire. “I'm going to be to learning from people about how they want to access matchmaking instead of defining goals and roles myself. Friend of a Friend has set up this culture of openness, so I'm excited to expand it further.”

Hamilton-Burlington is a vibrant region full of nature, art and singles, making it the ideal second location of Friend of a Friend, headed up by writer Joanne Davis.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the single people of Hamilton and Burlington," Joanne says. "There is so much to discover here. Let me help you find the perfect person to explore these cities with!"

Dating coach Lee-Anne Galloway has been brought on as a new Toronto yenta, bringing to the table years of expertise in the areas of love, dating, marriage and break-ups.

Founder Sofi Papamarko is looking to expand the Friend of a Friend Matchmaking brand into several other major Canadian cities in 2017.

"Dating is harder now than it's ever been before," Sofi says. "Online dating sites and apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr and Scruff have long since lost their novelty and appeal. Singles are looking to make real connections with real people who share their interests, values and outlook on life. Human matchmakers are far more capable of making authentic matches than any slick computer algorithm. I predict you're going to see a huge resurgence in traditional matchmaking in the next decade, and Friend of a Friend wants to be at the forefront of the digital-to-analog dating revolution."

Read more about Friend of a Friend Matchmaking at and get to know our new matchmakers at

Request an interview by contacting Sofi Papamarko at sexytypewriter (at)

L-R: Claire AH, Joanne Davis and Lee-Anne Galloway