Four Canadian-made Apps to Help You Ace Mother's Day

by Andrea Wahbe | Technology

Do you have something special planned for your mom or the mother of your children this mother’s day? If not, you have until Sunday, May 11 to figure it out.

Below are some apps created by Toronto-based entrepreneurs that you might want to check out to use or plan next weekend.


1. Tab

If you're looking to treat mom to a meal in style, then download Toronto’s Tab—which launched in April. Tab is a mobile payments app, founded by Adam Epstein that can be used at some of Toronto's most notable restaurants.  

Just tell your server you'll be paying with Tab and mom will never need to wait or see the bill. FYI, among the many Tab partner restaurants, Weslodge, Thompson Diner, and Hudson Kitchen will all be serving brunch on mother's day.


2. Shyndyg

Coordinating schedules and choosing a location with siblings can often be a challenge. Shyndyg, cofounded by Toronto’s Karen Geier and Elliott Tzaneteas is an online event planning tool (which can be used anywhere in Canada) that helps you organize parties by letting guests vote on the time, place and even what items to bring to your party. Your guests don’t even need a Shyndyg account to RSVP.

Shyndyg can also help you avoid arguments with siblings who show up with the exact same dish for your pot luck dinner. You can easily plan your at-home dinner for mom by setting up a list of what’s needed, then each guest can decide what to bring.

Users can go a step further and personalize the event page and invitation to make your party truly about your mom. You can upload old photos from your computer, or just keep it simple.


3. DateNight

If you’re looking for a way to treat the mother of your children to a night out on the town, then check out this new app created by Toronto entrepreneur Elize Shirdel.

DateNight, which is live for Android and launching in the Apple app store this week, helps parents remember that it's ok to do something for themselves once in a while. Download the app onto your wife’s phone or your phone to send a monthly reminder to book a date. The app prompts the user to select possible date nights, manages the back and forth between you and the babysitter, and then returns a confirmation of a booked babysitter. 

Then, DateNight pulls up your ideal list of restaurants that you've been meaning to check out and links you to the booking site. The set-up process just takes three clicks and your date is booked.

4. Hurrier

Finally, if you are just reading this post on Sunday, May 11 and you live in the Toronto downtown area, then you can still pull-off a special mother’s day dinner by downloading the Hurrier app asap and have a bike courier deliver a meal to your doorstep.

You can even get them to pick up a card and a box of chocolates from Shopper’s Drug Mart on the way. So, don’t worry last-minute-Larry, this app which launched earlier this year just might save you from otherwise ruining mother’s day.

Tab Payments
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tab is a mobile payments app for dining. We are disrupting the traditional mechanism for paying and splitting restaurant bills with an elegant mobile solution. more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hurrier is transforming local commerce by making everything in the city on-demand. Whip out your phone and with a few clicks you could have raw steaks and a 6-pack delivered to your BBQ within an hour. Hurrier’s platform seamlessly connects consumers, retailers and couriers in a highly addictive way. more

DateNight Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Night Inc. - referred to as the Uber for babysitting - provides parents quick and easy access to book local babysitters. In a click of a button, parents can select a babysitter from their roster of pre-interviewed sitters, receive confirmation of the booking and pay the babysitter. Its proprietary technology offers parents an easy access to quality care and offers babysitters a trusted... more

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Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe is a freelance B2B marketing strategist and corporate storyteller who has contributed to the growth of online media businesses in Canada, such as AOL and Google. By day, Andrea writes about digital media and marketing trends and tips for Canadian startups and SMEs. By night, she’s an analog book reader, master swimmer and experimental chef.  more

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