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It is the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere and it’s time to check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities at this month’s Ferreira Fest. We have Limetown screen caps, new photos and we wrap our third exclusive Reading Series. The AC is running, it’s nice and cool in here so grab your face mask and join us at a safe distance.
Do you need a compelling reason to wear a mask in public? Not sure how to wear a face mask correctly? Here are some thoughts and instructions. Please share and credit appropriately!
Why you should always wear a mask in public:
How not to wear your mask in public:
Ability Online Ability Online is a safe online environment for special needs kids, youth and young adults and their support systems. Three times a week they post cool stuff to their Instagram feed – click on the thumbnails below to see some examples!
Ability Gives, the equipment fundraising arm of Ability Online is still sponsoring Kaden. Read more about him and donate here.
Special needs kids are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, as many are also in high-risk categories. Please ensure that they have a safe, monitored, bully-free environment to meet and socialize by clicking on the logo below. Every penny helps!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Project Limelight had to put their activities temporarily on hold. When it is once again safe to do so, the organization will resume activities full tilt. Project Limelight provides a free high-quality performing arts education to inner-city kids who would otherwise not have a chance to explore that side of their creative spirit.
“Project Limelight participants learn commitment, responsibility, dedication, teamwork, and overcome challenges that no one may have ever previously given them the chance to prove they could overcome. They are given an opportunity to work really hard on something, harder perhaps than they ever have before, with real demands and huge expectations with support from an amazingly dedicated team of directors, coaches and volunteers. Limelight can truly transform the lives of some of these kids by placing much bigger expectations than anyone has ever had for them and giving them the top-notch support they need to succeed and be truly proud of themselves.”
– Parent of Project Limelight alumni
In the meantime you can replenish the funds for the next group of youngsters by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy, quick and secure.
Haven Toronto Haven Toronto is the only daytime shelter for elder homeless men in the metropolis. During the relentless heat of the summer it is an absolute lifesaver for the men who are often battling isolation, food insecurity and basic medical care.
Canada’s most renowned celebrity photographer George Pimentel visited Haven Toronto and took incredible photos of daily operations as part of his ongoing photo essay on COVID-19.
Thank you, George, for capturing these moments and sharing the important work being done by the staff on the frontlines.
Click on the image on the right to view more photos!
Want to help out but don’t know where to start, or you live too far away to volunteer?
You can make a direct and immediate impact by shopping at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site. Anything you purchase there is given directly to an elder homeless man in need – no strings attached! There is something for everyone’s budget – from single meals to full clothing outfits.
There is little escape from the summer heat for the homeless, so sunscreen is an essential survival item right now.
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
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system.
National Indigenous History Month
June was National Indigenous History Month, a time to recognize and honor the history, diversity, outstanding achievements, and vital leadership of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Along with our board members, youth advisors, partners, and donors, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada recognizes that there is much more we need to do to as an organization, and are committed to listening, learning, reflecting, and taking action against our country and sector’s enduring systemic racism in order to move towards Reconciliation and strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities.
A Commitment to Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth In Care
June was also Pride Month in Canada, and although many activities like parades have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to honor this celebration and the progress in visibility and equality achieved throughout history thanks to leadership from the LGBTQ2S+ community and continue to recognize their incredible strength, leadership and accomplishments of those in LGBTQ2S+ communities while advocating as an allied organization.
You can always catch up with the latest news at the online newsletter The Buzz.
Young people in the foster care system are particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help by clicking on the logo below and donating what you can. No amount is too small to make a difference.
Screenrant has done a poll of the ten highest rated episodes of the S.W.A.T. reboot. It should come as no surprise that the top two (School and Stigma) are episodes which heavily feature Louis in his role as William ‘Buck’ Spivey, the former leader of the SWAT team! Read the rest of the article here.
This month Louis is sharing two photos. Enjoy!
Louis is getting a jump on Father’s Day on Salt Spring Island…
… and Louis and Jackie celebrate with their friend Lisa on her 40th birthday!
And one more thought Louis sent along last weekend:
This time we have 119 screen caps from the season finale of the series Limetown, episode 10 Answers. Louis plays the brilliant doctor and researcher Max Finlayson. In this episode much of the build-up of the series is resolved, while the main character’s arc ends in a cliffhanger. We’ll have to wait and see if there’s a season 3 to find out what happened to her.
Here is a direct link to the album, or you can click on the screen cap below:
THE NEW READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – TAKE A PEEK!
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 chapter is a short song that was included in both versions of the book as part of the old story of The Shoemaker and the Elves. Our composer friend David Dingess performs the song for us. Check out the final chapter of Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek!
Franco Lo Presti
Here is a podcast series about Franco’s latest movie From The Vine! From the podcast website:
Join us for a comprehensive behind the scenes look at how the new film From the Vine was created. Settle down with a glass of Aglianico and enjoy this companion piece to the film, featuring interviews with Canadian and Italian cast and crew, as well as lead actor Joe Pantoliano.
Throughout this 3-episode podcast the cast and crew of From The Vine‘ will take you through the three major production phases, Pre-Production, Production and Post Production, giving you and inside look as to how the film was created. Beyond The Vines will cover everything from how the film was adapted from and original novel titled Finding Marco, written by Ken Cancellara, what it was like shooting in Italy with a cast and crew made up of both Canadians and Italians to how everything was brought together in the editing process including how the great visual effects and the beautiful score were created to bring the wonderful final product together… It is time to take a look Beyond The Vines.
The VOD Release of From The Vine will be in September for the U.S. Here are some stills from the movie that Franco shared with us. Salute!
Franco was also featured on the Winstars Soccer Academy Instagram page!
“Franco was a member of Winstars Soccer Academy and he went on to receive a athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island. Franco was a joy to work with and one of the most talented players to ever be a part of WSA. We are thankful for the example Franco has left for our current academy members as he embodies everything Winstars Soccer Academy stands for.”
Alaina is starring in the podcast Sentinels: Point of No Return. Five episodes are available now. Listen to the podcasts here!
Alaina can currently be seen as Nikki in The 100.
Here she is with her stunt double Janene Rose Carleton.
And here’s Alaina between scenes with her co-star Lee Majdoub.
Some of us have found new hobbies while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Karyn has joined the Urban Gardeners movement – here are some beets she grew herself!
“With the 4th of July coming this is one of my favorite songs about American history. It’s also about becoming a free thinker and doing the right thing.”
Watch the video and listen to Justin’s July 4th song – click on the screen cap below.
And after that watch a clip of Justin shooting hoops like a pro!
“Makena, Kali and I just want to say Thank you again to all who took time and gave their hard earned money to help us with [our dog] Calvin.
We are still working on stabilizing his diabetes. It’s a work in progress which has some very rewarding moments and some very frustrating moments. The operation for his eyes will happen as soon as he is stable. We are also working on making his legs stronger so he can get more exercise. His legs are so long, he has a tendency to sprain them often. The blood work we had done came back inconclusive for thyroid [disease], which is a bit worrisome and we now have to do some more tests.
All of this, as so many know, is so expensive and none of it would have been possible without the kindness and generosity of so many. Helping Calvin get healthy and see again is everything to us.
And words cannot express the gratitude the girls and I feel. And we promise to pay it forward.
We love Calvin so very much. He is the man of our house and he really does just make everything better.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Amanda, Makena, Kali and Calvin”
Please click on the photo of Calvin to contribute to the GoFundMe page!
Greyston and his wife Cristina Rosato were the first ones to film again after all productions shut down due to COVID-19. He writes:
“Not a headline I would have even remotely considered a few months ago, but here we are. Love you Cristina. Best co-star a person could ask for.”
And – it’s a wrap for those two!
Mika was a guest at last weekend’s CosmoQuestX-a-Con. Check their Twitter feed for programming details.
You can find the public events on Twitch TV.
Usually we can catch up with Mika at Dragon Con in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend, but the event has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope to see her again in 2021!
Sabrina Furminger from YVR Screen Scene did an interview with Dennis about Season 2 of The Order. Check it out here!
Netflix’s The Order is the epic, gory, sexy, emotional, and weirdly funny tale of two competing secret societies on a university campus: the titular Order, dedicated to practicing and protecting magic, and the Knights of St. Christopher, who are wisecracking, hard-drinking werewolves sworn to stamp out bad magic. The Order returned for its highly anticipated second season in June 2020, and in this hilarious and informative interview with Sabrina Furminger, showrunner Dennis Heaton and executive producer/writer Shelley Eriksen discuss werewolves, magical terrorists, 90210 cameos, breaking story, the gloriousness that is Louriza Tronco’s Gabrielle Dupres, and that devastating cliffhanger. Warning: this episode contains spoilers about season two of The Order.
As confirmed on 06-23-2020, Patrick’s current series JANN has been renewed for Season 3, ahead of the Season 2 premiere this fall on CTV. For more info on the CTV Original slate, visit TheLede_CA.
Congrats to Patrick and the whole cast and crew!
Eric’s company EB Painting is keeping extremely busy during the summer season:
“How many window frames can you count here? We’re painting them all, as well as all the wooden trim, hardy shingles, partition fences and concrete areas on the building. We love projects like this and the tenants and staff at this retirement home are loving us so far. Half way through this building and then we still have the neighboring building to get to. Bring it on!”
Justin posted a photo and inspirational thought on his Instagram Story feed:
David and Hayley have made the big move to New York City! Check out his Instagram feed for frequent posts of his new adventures, and stay tuned for news on his new teaching job. Our young composer friend is keeping busy and is always standing up for social justice!
Jen was a guest on Hathor Hosts with Suanne Brown. Watch and listen here!
Ingrid plays the title role in the movie Team Marylin by LaToya Morgan
Logline: On the eve of a game-changing campaign event, a politician must decide what to do when a secret scandal erupts a few days out from a historic presidential election.
Here’s Ingrid as Marylin Graham with Sherman Augustus as Andrew Graham during the filming of a scene from Team Marylin.
Ingrid was also featured on Eric the Trainer’s June 29 episode of Morning Glory Live!
Bradley did an interview with Superhero Stuff YSK – click below to listen to the podcast!
He is also currently filming the movie Paradise Road. Bradley must be one of the busiest people in the industry! Congrats, Bradley!
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations with Ferreira Fest. And if you find yourself in Vancouver contact her and treat yourself to some Healing Body Art made just for you.
This month Nicole writes:
My first time working on someone since COVID-19 started. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to do some henna again. It’s a little awkward with the vinyl gloves, mask and plastic visor. This weekend would have been the Vancouver Folk Festival and since we weren’t able to enjoy the actual festivities, a small group of us gathered and physically distanced while enjoying some sun and fun.”
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