Tirgan Festival is bigger than ever this year, with over 160,000 attendees expected to visit our four locations across Toronto during the four days of the festival… all organized by 400+ volunteers!

At this size, we have to realize that our efforts are not just making a mark on the cultural community, but we will also be making an impact on the environment.  That is why we’ve embarked on initiatives to not only help preserve it but also actively make it better; cleaner, and greener.  We realize that environmental change is not an overnight act, it is the commitment of people, organizations, and governments to incrementally changing environmentally destructive behaviours and cultivating the habits that conserve the environment.

Our teams have committed to eliminating paper schedules, agendas, and memos at our weekly meetings (seriously, who uses memos anymore?)  This year at our festival with the help of the Harbourfront Centre, we are discouraging the use of one-time plastic water bottles, and encouraging re-usable water bottles for the public, and our own volunteers.  The Harbourfront Centre has installed numerous water fountains and bottle refilling stations for people to use.  Furthermore, Tirgan will be selling re-usable water bottles for all those who want to help save the environment and keep a Tirgan souvenir 😉

Earlier this year, our volunteers came together to clean two Toronto parks as part of the “Clean Toronto Together” effort put together by the City of Toronto.  Altogether, over 40 volunteers collected over 7 bags full of debris and garbage that cluttered these beautiful parks.

As an organization, we’re always looking for new ways to make a better impact, both culturally and environmentally…. if you have something in mind, give us a shout.

See you all soon at Tirgan, July 25-28th, at The Harbourfront Centre, Distillery District, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and the Michener Centre.
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On a windy and cloudy Saturday morning (April 27th), around 50 Tirgan volunteers assembled in Willowdale Park, wearing their toques, gloves, and multiple layers of clothing. As more  and more volunteers joined the group we greeted each other with warm handshakes and hugs, a nod for having braved it on a chilly Toronto spring morning.  As the group assembled, we warmed up with Timmy’s coffee brought in by one of the volunteers, and non-wrapped sweets provided by Bibi Cafe, as our Director of Operations read out a list of do’s and don’ts. “Safety first,” he emphasized.

Equipped with gloves, bags, and garbage-picker-uppers (not a real term), we set out on a walking path to Glendora park, and cleaned the trail and the park of any man-made garbage that we came across.

Two hours later we had collected 7 garbage bags full of plastic wrappers, cups, loose paper, and a surprising amount of cigarette butts!  All said and done, we left the park and trail cleaner and greener than we found them.  A big thank you to everyone who came out!

On this day, Tirgan volunteers had joined over 200,000 other residents, students, and businesses across Toronto in an effort to give back to their community, as part of the annual “Clean Toronto Together” initiative put forth by the City of Toronto.

Tirgan CEO, Mehrdad Ariannejad, who joined us in this effort, said “Toronto has been a gracious host to our many festivals, and it is time we give back to this great city.”

This will be start of many ways that Tirgan volunteers will help the community, so stay tuned, and don’t forget to check out our website for updates on our huge Tirgan Festival coming up July 25th – 28th!


On Saturday April 27th, Tirgan volunteers will come together to contribute to a good cause, and give back to the city that has been host to Tirgan festivals, and home to all of us.
In conjunction with the “Clean Toronto Together” initiative put forth by the city of Toronto, Tirgan volunteers will join 200,000 other residents, students, and businesses in helping clean Toronto public spaces.


We will meet at the Willowdale park (75 Hollywood Ave) at 11 am and walk for about 20 min to Glendora Park through a walking path.


Note: Garbage bags and gloves will be provided and we encourage Tirgan volunteers to wear their Tirgan T-shirts and accessories.
For more information on the “Clean Toronto Together” initiative visit


We look forward to seeing you all,
The Tirgan Team
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