The Heart of the City Piano Program (HCPP) is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that provides music lessons to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to receive private musical education. We believe that music education should be accessible to everyone, not only for those who can afford it; music is for sharing.

About Us


The Heart of the City Piano Program (HCPP) strives to enhance the lives of and learning opportunities for at-risk youth through musical education.


To proactively address the social issue of poverty and social justice by the advancement of a more equitable opportunity for disadvantaged youth to participate in music lessons.

The program is not only intended to give the students musical skills. Through exposure to positive role models and opportunities to perform at and attend live music performances, students will gain a sense of accomplishment, confidence, increased self-esteem.  When children realize that they are capable of creating music, the whole world opens up to them.  They realize that they can be a part of the beauty around them and that they are more than capable of accomplishing whatever they set their minds to.


In 1995, the Heart of the City Piano Program (HCPP) began as a single dream to enhance the lives of at-risk youth through a structured music program. Richard Dube, the music teacher of Pleasant Hill Community School in Saskatoon, started the program with the strong belief that involvement in the HCPP will help students to make positive lifestyle choices and prevent them from becoming involved in drugs, alcohol and violence.

The HCPP has since expanded to include several cities across Canada:
– 1999: Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina
– 2002: Edmonton
– 2005: Ottawa
– 2007: Montreal
– 2008: Vancouver
– 2014: Calgary

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HCPP Vancouver

HCPP Montreal

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Vincent Li & Carly Sotas, Co-Program Directors
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
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Arden Pang & Sonali Khurana, Co-Program Directors
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
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Jenny Yuen, Program Director
University of Calgary, Calgary AB
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Tanis Lindsay, Program Director
Saskatoon SK
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Catherine Folstad & Michelle Wheeler, Program Director
Regina SK
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Owen Chen & Jordana Saks, Co-Program Directors
McGill University, Montreal QC
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Valeria Dimitrova & Curtis Quan, Co-Program Directors
University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON
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