Vallican Whole Community Centre

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a unique experience in the heart
of British Columbia's Slocan Valley

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The Vallican Whole Community Centre is owned and operated by
The Rural Alternatives Research and Training Society
a registered Canadian charity and a great non-profit Society serving British Columbia's Slocan Valley since 1971.

    entertainment series
  • Locavore's Feast
    January 26, 2019 5pm
  • Vallican Whole Choir
    Sundays 3 - 5 pm
    Indie Films
  • PAST
  • Other
    great events


Up Close & Intimate ... an exceptional entertainment series


Our events committee is taking a bit of time to regroup and wont be running the UP CLOSE & INTIMATE Series winter 2019. Stay tuned for other great events they will put on in its' stead.

Here is a whole new era for the Vallican Whole. These are the type of events that in the past, you'd travel to the city to take in, but now you can see them in the beauty and intimacy of the Vallican Whole. These are adult sit-down performance events, with lots of time before & after performances and during intermissions to chat up your friends, visit with the community, and sample some lovely food and drink. This year we have outdone ourselves. Two soldout performaces and an encore of BE/Longing, we present Juno award nominee Maria Dunn on April 28, 2018 at 8 pm..

(please note, we will hold your tickets that you purchased on-line at WILL CALL. Please arrive a bit early the evening of the performance to pick up your tickets)

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On February 10, Eva Tree will be joined on stage by Toinya Sammartino, Bill Dickerson, and Hal Rezansoff for the oh-so-glamorous Cabaret Intime, with its fine wines, attentive service, and decadent desserts. While Eva Tree has found her niche as a singer-songwriter, she also is noted for unique renditions and folksy interpretations of beloved jazz standards. Her music is influenced by passionate, inspiring women such as Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Annie Lennox, Rickie Lee Jones, and Susanne Vega; and by poets such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Greg Brown. Check her music and her band out at

Martina Avis and Marya Folinsbee are rising stars in the Slocan Valley and West Kootenays theatrical firmament. On March 10, they will present their brand-new work, "Be/Longing". Based on extensive interviews with Valley women and their own personal experiences, this play continues a long Valley tradition of excellent theatre by women in the Slocan Valley, stretching back to Women's Readers' Theatre and the legendary Theatre Energy. Join Martina and Marya as they break new ground in creative personal theatre.
As if these two impressive offerings weren't enough, the wrap-up concert on April 28 features 2017 Juno nominee Maria Dunn. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. Her sixth album Gathering (2016) celebrates love—love of family, community, humanity that fires our actions to make the world a better place. A perfect fit for this Valley, and a perfect ending to the Vallican Whole's third and perhaps most impressive series. Get a glimpse of her work at

This Up Close & Intimate Series is in keeping with our commitment to use The Whole to build community, and to keep things local. We are offering these events as a package of three, instead of individual tickets. This gives us the support we need to continue the series, and allows us to include a wide variety of genres, sourced from near and far.




The Vallican Whole Community Choir accepts new members in September and January.

Practices are on Sundays from 3-5 pm in fall/winter, and then in the spring 4-6 pm.

 The 2019 Spring session dates area as follows:

Feb 17         3:00
Feb 24         3:00
March 3       3:00
March 10     4:00
March 17     4:00
NO CHOIR March 24
March 31     4:00
April 7          4:00
April 14        4:00
NO CHOIR April 21
April 28        4:00
May 5          4:00
May 19        4:00
May 26        4:00
June 2 CONCERT  (Time to be determined)

For information please contact Sharon Lang at 250-226-7191 or contact her at .



FLiKS (Film Lovers In the Kootenays) has been screening films at the Whole since 2004.

What better way to spend a Friday night, than sharing a exceptional, unique , inspiring film

with the WholeCommunity.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

FLIKS 2017-18 season opener LUCKY "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as a meditation on morality, spirituality, and human connection itself.

LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself on a journey of self exploration, leading towards enlightenment.


a film by our own Sweetgrass Productions.

Friday December 4, 2016, 7:30 pm

For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. After 24 years of opposition, what more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good?



Friday November 13, 7:30 pm

Four cowboys, 16 unbroken mustangs, and the wild west... The journey of quieting some mustangs and taking a wee trip...from the Mexican border to Creston BC border.

On an epic 3,000-mile journey through the most pristine backcountry of the American West, four friends rode horseback across an almost contiguous stretch of unspoiled public lands, border to border, from Mexico to Canada.




whole perspectives


A series of informative and interactive sessions on important issues of our time .

Continuing a long tradition, the Whole is hosting a series of informative and interactive sessions on topics of interest to our community. In this series we present multifaceted perspectives on a wide range of issues and encourage lively discussion. Our hope is that people will leave these sessions energized and better informed and will be excited to share what they have learned with their friends and family.



March 23, 2018 7-9:30 pm

"The Columbia River Treaty: What is on the table? What will it mean for us, here?" With Katrine Conroy, Corky Evans and Martin Carver. By donation


April 20,2018 7-10pm"All Over the Rainbow: Understanding Gender Diversity" hosted by Kori Doty. By donation.

This will be a great opportunity for all kinds of folks to learn, listen, discuss and ask questions about this important topic.

Starting from the basics, but moving into a more nuanced conversation on how gender diversity is tied into collective liberation.

Photo credit: Thanks to Will Johnson and the Nelson Star

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