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.
In the fall of 1999, the HCPP expanded within Saskatchewan to include schools in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Regina.
In the spring of 2002, the HCPP expanded nationally to Edmonton, Alberta, thanks to Chantal Chauvet, a former volunteer piano teacher at King George Community School in Saskatoon.
In January of 2005, the HCPP expanded to Ottawa, Ontario, thanks to the hard work and efforts of Bettina Choo and the Circle K Kiwanis Club from the University of Ottawa.
In November of 2007, the Montreal chapter of HCPP was created by students at McGill University.
In September 2008, Chris Cheung and Pauline Voon, former executives from HCPP Edmonton, along with UBC student David Leung, founded the HCPP Vancouver chapter at the University of British Columbia.
In the fall of 2013, the HCPP was able to start a Saturday program at the NCFRC with the help of MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants program.
To learn more about the HCPP in other cities, visit our National Website.