Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary

Formerly known as “Spirited Jazz Vespers” the services are normally once monthly, Sunday evening 7:30 pm, September to June offering, featuring top jazz groups from Greater Victoria and further afield. The Reverend Shana guides us through the music with a splash of spirituality. Each “Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary” service is nurtured and sustained by donations at the door with much appreciation for your support of live jazz…

Our  futuristic story of renovation involves the development of a state of the art audio video Sanctuary enhanced for music, the spoken word and an example of arts and aesthetics at work to ensure a beautiful modern environment for all our activities live and virtual.
No Tickets, attendance to Spirited Jazz services are by Donation. Entry is through the east or main entrance to the Sanctuary, leaving the north “stage door” free  for musicians, their equipment and related technical set up of Sanctuary. These services are IN PERSON only. No Zoom
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Angela Verbrugge –  Sunday February 12th, 2023 @ 7:30

“Fun and quirky, hip and a hoot, wispy and romantic; she slithers and oozes, and cleverly swings, says George Harris at Jazz Weekly. Her recordings have been featured on national radio and podcasts around the globe, and have charted on Earshot and Jazzweek. She “possesses a winsome, brightly burnished, pliable voice, with ample emotional intelligence, considerable songwriting skills, and conspicuously good taste.” adds JazzTimes Magazine. Angela; full of the best in Jazz and delivering pure joy in every phrase and note.  


Tony Genge – piano

Scott White – bass

Graham Villette – drums

See and hear samples at: 

https://angelasjazz.com/home-page  then catch her live at Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary

Joe Coughlin – Sunday March 19th, 2023 @ 7:30
Joe Coughlin, with 4 decades of jazz in his resume, easily ranks as a Canadian Jazz Legend and National Treasure,reflecting the heyday of the great jazz vocalists like Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. A master of the Great American Songbook, Joe oozes cool with his warm, sweet, and supple baritone.

Through three decades, his eighth just released album, one Jazz Report Award, and two National Jazz Awards, Joe plumbs the emotional and musical depths of the
greatest timeless tunes. Joe Coughlin epitomizes the real deal.
Tony Genge – Organ
Andrew Janussen- Guitar
More info visit Joe’s Website
Sample Joe’s newest recording at

Attila Fias Trio – Sunday April 16th, 2023 @ 7:30

Jazz keyboarding at its finest is what you can expect with Attila taking command of our Grande Piano.  With his impressive international credentials this Spirited Jazz will excite and ignite the Sanctuary in applause and wanting more.  Attila Fias is an award-winning, jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer. His special blend of sounds from across the globe reflects his rich and varied musical background as evidenced in over 100 internationally distributed CDs including multiple gold and platinum selling albums. Attila has toured the world – Europe, South Korea, Brazil, Africa, Japan, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and the US, playing everything from packed stadium concerts to small clubs.
Accompanists: Scott White – bass, Kelby MacNayr – drums

Visit Attila’s Website for full bio and recorded samples https://www.attilafias.com

The Nick Maclean Quartet, Featuring Brownman Ali – Sunday May 7, 2023 @ 7:30pm

This fearless foursome is a force to be reckoned with and the proof will be in their appearance at Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary as part of a 40 stop Canadian tour.  This tour will be a celebration of the January 2023 release of their new album ROAD WARRIOR, a joyous, fast-paced burner inspired by the group’s travels amid covid, blizzards, and breakdowns, all in pursuit of their artistic purpose: to play for audiences across the world!  Spirited Jazz is proud they chose our Sanctuary as part of the premiere of this exciting adventure in jazz.

Musicians: Nick Maclean – piano, Brownman Ali – trumpet, Bennett Young – bass, Mateo Mancuso – drums.
Their Website offers a broad spectrum look into their exploits in jazz at

Contact & Location Information

Spirited Jazz Email Contacts

Rev. Shana, Spirited Jazz Minister

Gary Theal, Music Coordinator



To reach our church from  Victoria, Esquimalt or the Western Communities:

Heading north on the Pat Bay Highway take the Royal Oak Drive exit, turn left onto Royal Oak Drive at the signal and continue one kilometre to the third signal. Turn right onto West Saanich Road and drive for 5.5 km (3.4 miles). Our church is on your right, opposite the Red Barn Market. Onsite parking available. (The main church entrance is on the east side of the church.) Welcome.

To reach our church from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, North Saanich or Sidney:

Heading south on the Pat Bay Highway (towards Victoria). The first traffic light south of Sidney is at McTavish Road. Turn right and drive along McTavish for 3.4 km (2.1 miles) to a tee intersection at West Saanich Road. Turn left onto West Saanich Road, then drive a total of 11.9 kilometres (7.5 miles), passing through the village of Brentwood Bay. Our church is on your left, opposite the Red Barn Market. Onsite parking available. (The main church entrance is located on the east side of the church.) Welcome.


Sunday Services

Join us at 10:30 a.m. for the Sunday worship service. You can connect by phone or online, or attend in person.