Published March 2020.
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We hope everyone out there is diligent with curfews and social distancing, and to help you out we have added a special COVID-19 Page which has useful links to official websites, inspirational thoughts and a fun photo collection. Whatever the news, it doesn’t mean we can’t gather here online at our monthly virtual party, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. It’s the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere, and despite all the bad news in the world we cherish each other’s company and celebrate our friendships, so grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
THE 2020 BIRTHDAY PROJECT WRAP UP
Louis shares a video of his birthday gift!
Thanks again to everyone who participated!
“I’ve a got da mail! Look at this! I got so much mail it can’t even fit in the mailbox! Lucky for me I can carry the mailbox wherever I go. So, I just wanna say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! It feels so good to get so much mail in a portable mailbox, so… I love every one of you and every happiness always! Ciao Bellos!”
Ability Online is an online community connecting children and young adults with disabilities.
For thirty years we have been connecting young people online for friendship and support, especially at times when the curve balls life throws at us leave us feeling isolated and unsure. Ability Online continues to be a safe and supportive place for young people of all abilities and their families to connect. If you are staying at home to look after your health and well-being, we have people you can chat with, fun recipes and craft ideas, and a library of books and videos for the preschoolers right through to beyond high school level readers. Now even more than ever it’s important that we look out for those with impaired mobility, and Ability Online can provide a lifeline. Help support this vital service for those who are often the target of bullying and ensure they have a safe, monitored place to meet. Click on the logo below to make a donation!
The mission of Project Limelight is to create an environment that will allow youth to develop a strong sense of self and to unleash their imagination. The program provides a nurturing community that supports their development through participation in the performing arts. Project Limelight gives young people a sense of confidence, self-assurance and creative freedom that will be carried forward outside of the initiative and into their school and home life.
Young inner city residents of Vancouver are eligible for the program. In addition to a high quality performing arts education, Project Limelight also provides nutritious meals for children that often do not have access to those basic needs.
Please help with a donation – click the logo below. It’s safe and easy!
We are proud to support Haven Toronto, the area’s only daytime drop-in shelter for elder homeless men. They also provide food, clothing, medical care, internet access, showers and opportunities to socialize.
The monthly e-magazine is always full of relevant information, helpful hints and interesting articles for anyone who would like to help but doesn’t know where to start. Click on the thumbnail to read this month’s issue and become an advocate for change!
If you’d like to help an elder homeless person, there’s no better way than shopping at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site. Anything you buy on this site goes directly to a man in need, no middle man, no shipping costs, no worries. You can purchase individual meals or meals for an entire group.
The catalog changes according to the seasons, and at this point winter and wet weather clothing are very much in demand. There is something for every budget!
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Each year across Canada, students in grades 9 and 10 at participating schools take part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). This program models the idea of “community development achieved through youth engagement”, empowers students to learn about social issues within their community, and gives them the opportunity to educate others and make a difference. They are encouraged to consider the fundamentals of philanthropy and make their own decisions about where funding, in the form of a $5,000 grant, would best serve their own community.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
The Corsage Project, working in partnership with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, is a non-profit program in Toronto dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to young women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The annual Joe Carter Classic charity golf tournament pairs avid golfers with top name celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds support Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Stand Up for Kids Night honors the achievements of the bright and deserving young people we support along with Canadians that have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape through the annual Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
As one of Toronto’s longest-running black-tie events, the annual Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair brings together Toronto’s top philanthropists and corporations for a remarkable, awe-inspiring evening. The event illuminates the remarkable spirit and strength of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect, and raises funds to address their most pressing needs.
The annual Holiday Season Celebration has provided hope and happy memories to tens of thousands of Toronto’s most vulnerable children and youth for 40 years. Kids in care and their foster families gather for a day of celebration.
Find out more about these events and much more in the online newsletter The Buzz.
If you can’t make it to any of these events but still would like to help out please click on the logo below. You can make a secure online donation in just minutes!
Louis had a brief appearance in last week’s episode of S.W.A.T., entitled Knockout. His next episodes will be next week and the week after (episodes 17 and 18). Be sure to tune in!
In the series, Louis plays the former team leader and mentor of the main character Hondo, played by Shemar Moore. He has a recurring part as William ‘Buck’ Spivey, who is now the head of a prestigious private security company. Buck has recruited one of the S.W.A.T. team members, Deacon, to work the occasional gig with his company, to make some much-needed extra cash for his family. Last week’s episode Knockout follows Deacon on his first assignment at a high-profile boxing match, where the pregnant wife of one of the combatants is abducted. At the beginning of the episode we see Louis as Buck attending Deacon’s security briefing, pleased with his strategy and organization – after all, Buck is Deacon’s former team leader.
Louis reprised his recurring role as therapist Dr. Conners on SEAL Team this week, in Season 3 Episode 15 Rules of Engagement.
In the episode we see the main character Jason Hayes return for an appointment after having suffered a terrifying nightmare. As before, Dr. Conners’ astute understanding of Jason’s situation forces the SEAL Team leader to confront his biggest fears. And he seems to be getting through – after another dangerous mission Jason heads to Dr. Conners’ office, even without an appointment, and Dr. Conners knows exactly what Jason needs to hear, as much as he tries to deny it.
You can watch the episode online here.
This month we have 241 screencaps from Louis as Dr. Conners in his latest SEAL Team episode Rules of Engagement (see above). Enjoy!
Here is a direct link to the album:
THE NEW READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – TAKE A PEEK!
The third monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek! by Martha Kambeitz, Denise Burns and Josephine Proctor. It is almost identical to the volume Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please! except for 11 pages which served as non-religious substitutes for the bible stories.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.
You can listen to the book readings under the Reading Series Tab.
This month’s issue is Chapter 7 of Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek.
Franco Lo Presti
Franco had a gig modeling
for Christopher Bates Men’s Fashion recently. Here he is on the Christopher Bates main page, right in the middle!
Franco has an extensive career as a fashion model – check out Franco’s Page for more great examples and the story behind it.
Alaina posted some great photos recently – a blast from the past, and the here and now…
Working at Page Parks Models in Texas…
… and on the poster of The 100 on the CW!
Justin had a fun time painting at the London Pub Vancouver with a group of friends… same image, very different results!
Greyston has posted several new photos on Instagram! In case you didn’t know, Greyston isn’t just a fantastic actor, he’s also a highly accomplished photographer. Check out two new shots below, and view the rest on his Instagram Feed.
Mika is doing a TEDx Talk at Binghamton University, NY on March 22! Check it out and attend if you are in the neighborhood!
Disaster Girls has recorded A Podcast About Disaster Movies!
Jordan Crucchiola and Amanda Smith believe that not every disaster movie is a disaster. Whether it’s an A-List actor trying to outrun a lava flow, or a C-List actor punching a mutant shark in the face, Jordan and Amanda will find something to love – or to laugh about. Join them every Wednesday as they break down the highs and loves of a beloved (or under appreciated) entry in the disaster movie canon. Here is a podcast about San Andreas (2015), featuring Mika McKinnon “If ya got a problem, throw The Rock at it.” (1 Hr 44 min)
Are you stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak and trying to minimize your risk of catching and/ or spreading the virus? Need something for the kids to do? There are tons of e-libraries online where you can borrow virtual books for them (or yourself) to read.
Here is one about Mika’s gig as a science consultant for the TV and film industry clled Science at the Movies!
Check out the cover – you can see Mika listening to a movie director and taking notes on the set of what appears to be an outer space scene…
Mika was recently featured in the My STEM Job video series by the Canada Science and Technology Museum – watch it here! Then check out more of those videos here.
Mika did a cartoon of her little hedgehog. Click the thumbnail to see the full version!
The VBAFF (Vancouver Badass Film Festival) celebrates new genre films from emerging filmmakers. The fest has horror, noir, superheroes, dark comedy, gore, naughtiness and so much more! Congrats on the nomination, Troy!
Dennis writes: “I am currently in a development room for a show I co-created with Shelley Eriksen. And that’s literally all I can say about it right now. We’re almost done season 2 of The Order, and hoping to see it on Netflix by June.”
We’ll keep you posted on his new project!
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is also taking its toll on Improv events, but here are a few posters of Sawyer’s recent shows. Let’s hope that rehearsals – and performances – can resume soon, but in the meantime maybe we can all try some improv at home?
Luckily, I Think I Leaf You happened before everything shut down!
A good time was had by all…
The Vancouver organization BNI (Business Networking International) featured Eric Banerd last Thursday where he was talking about his painting business.
Eric brings 10 years of experience in the painting industry. He has owned EB Painting for 5 years and the company has grown quickly. Eric is committed to giving back to his community. Eric and his team at EB Painting have provided charitable services to local and international charities.
Visit the group of 25+ like-minded business professionals in unique industries and learn more about this topic and network with them. BNI meets at 7am every Thursday at Chambar Restaurant in downtown Vancouver.
David has been working on his new music room – it may be small but it’s fully equipped with everything a musician/ composer needs.
Check it out!
David recorded the “Elmer Safety Songs” for Ferreira Fest. Look for another special recording in an upcoming Ferreira Fest!
Jen posted a great set of photos of herself in the Stargate Universe season 2 episode Epilogue.
In this alternate timeline story we see Jen’s character live an entire lifetime, so her make up had to be adjusted accordingly.
As you can see, the make up artist did a phenomenal job!
The Acting Center in Los Angeles did a student spotlight on Ingrid. Here is an excerpt from the feature:
Born in Toronto, Canada, Ingrid Rogers began her career on the daytime drama All My Children. From there she went on to work with acclaimed directors Woody Allen, Joel Schumacher and Brian DePalma who directed her in her starring role opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn in Carlito’s Way.
Ingrid’s many TV credits include Murder In The First, Two and 1/2 Men, and The Cleaner, as well as numerous national commercials. Most recently she can be seen on the hit Amazon series Bosch, acting opposite Jamie Hector and Titus Welliver.
Ingrid lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to write and act, with her husband, two sons, and fluffy ball dog, Pia.
“TAC encourages its students to create their own opportunities rather than waiting,” she says.
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?
A: It was in my senior year of high school. My theater arts class wrote and performed a play about South Africa and Apartheid. I fell in love with story telling and the impact a story and performance could have on an audience.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. After graduation I started working with an agent and two months later I booked a contract role on the soap opera All My Children. A year later I got the opportunity to audition for and booked the role of Steffie in Carlito’s Way and got to work with the incomparable Brian De Palma, Al Pacino and Sean Penn.
Q: Tell us about your success in booking Bosch and your wonderful performance art piece you made.
A: As soon as I read the audition sides for Bosch, I knew that woman. A character who’s dimensional and in a conflicted relationship. That’s my sweet spot as an actress. I shine in complicated, conflicted relationships, and that’s my character, Latonya Edgar, on Bosch. I’ve had the pleasure of playing her for the past four seasons.
I’m also really excited about the performance art piece I recently wrote and shot with my friends, Karen and Gary Ravenscroft.
Karen directed and Gary was the DP and we brought a beautiful poetic piece I wrote to life. It’s called “Liberate” and it’s a expression of the desire to been seen as a whole, dimensional human being. A desire that I believe resonates with so many women, particularly women of color. We’re submitting it to festivals now.
Q: What is your favorite part about what you do?
A: My absolute favorite part of what I do is creating that magical connection between me and my fellow actors. Those moments of communication are so exquisite and satisfying and beyond words. You can read the entire feature here.
Peter has been doing a little construction project at home:
“If you can’t go to the Sound Booth… BUILD ONE! Almost there… Stay safe everyone!”
Bradley and his wife Caitlyn have been working on a new project called How to make it in Hollywood when you are foreign with Natalie Moon. Here’s an ad!
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations with Ferreira Fest. Please visit her website for lots more photos and fascinating facts and information about this ancient artform. And if you find yourself in Vancouver – visit her studio and treat yourself to some Healing Body Art made just for you.
This month Nicole writes:
“Here is a recent henna piece that I did for a lady who wanted to commemorate her changes in this time of her life. This is a belly chain, not unlike a bellydancing chain.”
And that, dear Friends, is about it for this month! Please visit our COVID-19 Page and send us a photo for our collection!
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