The Heart of the City Piano Program (HCPP) is a non-profit organization that provides music lessons to underprivileged youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so. It began as a single dream to enhance the lives of at-risk youth through a structured music program, with the belief that involvement in the HCPP would encourage students to make positive lifestyle choices and prevent them from becoming involved in drugs, alcohol and violence. Founded in 1995 by Richard Dube, then music teacher of Pleasant Hill Community School in Saskatoon, the program has since grown to include 7 cities across Canada. For more information about the HCPP on a national level, please visit www.heartofthecity.ca.
The Calgary branch of the Heart of the City Piano Program was founded in 2014 and operates as a registered student group of the University of Calgary.