You’ve seen them around downtown this week, TIFF volunteers in their bright orange t-shirts, ready and willing to help.
Their work has been recognized globally, as an author from The Guardian in the UK has written that these volunteers are TIFF’s “real stars.”
Covering TIFF during his first visit to Toronto, writer Peter Bradshaw compared downtown to New York in the 1960, a city with “an old-fashioned friendliness with cosmopolitan charm.” And the reason for all the “feelgood” emotions was none other than the festival’s volunteers.
“Outside every venue an army of smiley, orange-T-shirted individuals who do their level best to help you with information and directions,” he wrote.
Bradshaw said the last time he felt this “level of civic helpfulness” during the London Olympics in 2012.
“That was the last time I walked past rows and rows of people wearing T-shirts who really were trying to make your life easier. And did. With a smile,” Bradshaw wrote. “Anyway, this is a lovely novelty.”
So as The Guardian said, “Forget Clooney, Jolie, Denzel.” It’s the people of Toronto that made the trip for Bradshaw.
“I came for the movies, but now I’m hooked on the TLC,” he wrote.
Earlier this summer, BBC published a travel article praising everything in Toronto. Looks like we’re getting a lot of love from across the pond.