Published January 2021
Welcome to our first Ferreira Fest on the new website! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to roam a bit and check things out. The site is still very much in transition, with the older newsletters and many of our guest pages and new artwork and headers still missing, but over time they will be back, so keep checking for news! In the meantime, if you need anything from a newsletter or other page that’s not quite there yet, please send an email and we’ll figure it out!
Our COVID-19 Support Page is back and we have screen caps, our exclusive Reading Series, the usual updates, and our Birthday Project is kicking into high gear now! It’s the middle of flu season, so be sure to wear your mask and practice social distancing and hand-washing, as you grab a pineapple cocktail of your choice at our virtual bar and come on in! The fireplace is going and it’s cozy inside!
THE 2021 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Louis’ birthday is coming up very soon, on February 20th. As always, we are doing a special project for everybody to participate and to wish him a Happy Birthday! Please check out the instructions on the Birthday Project Page – everyone is welcome to join in!
The deadline for your submissions – February 1 – is approaching, so please send in your good wishes now!
Welcome to the online community where all we see is your potential!
– Make new friends and build confidence
– Develop new skills as you transition to adulthood
– Learn how to live your best life
Of course you can always donate to the general fund and help support a bully-free, safe and monitored online environment for kids and young adults with special needs. The current pandemic has hit people with disabilities particularly hard, as many are in a high-risk group for the devastating effects of the disease. Ability Online is one of the few avenues they have to meet and support each other. Make a contribution by clicking on the logo below!
Project Limelight is a non-profit performing arts program in East Vancouver offering residents ages 8 to 15 years old of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant programming at no cost. Project Limelight provides youth with a safe place to build an artistic community alongside professional actors, directors, dancers, singers, costume designers, filmmakers and musicians. As part of their commitment to the community, nutritious meals and snacks are provided to every child at each workshop and rehearsal.
Mentorship is a big part of Project Limelight’s culture and is pivotal in creating a sustainable program that reaches deep into the community and provides participants with an appreciation of what goes into the making of a performance. Project Limelight encourages past participants to come back and mentor the next round of Project Limelight kids. They also offer participants a select number of internships and scholarships to continue their studies in whatever field they choose.
Due to COVID-19 rehearsals and performances have been suspended but will start up again as soon as it is safe to do so! Meanwhile, help them get off to a good start when the time comes, and donate by clicking on the logo below!
Haven Toronto is a daytime shelter for elder homeless men, and the only one of its kind in the metropolis. Winters in Toronto are brutal, and the shelter is saving lives every day. In addition to providing low-cost meals, clothing, basic medical care, internet access and a place to receive mail the organization is a tireless advocate for affordable housing, fighting for elder rights and educating the public about issues of poverty, mental health and homelessness.
The eMagazine and newsletter is always loaded to the gills with interesting articles and ways to help those less fortunate than us. Click on the thumbnail to read it now.
Below is a useful tip from their website.
The third Monday in January of each year is often referred to as Blue Monday, a day that has been rumored to be one of the most depressing days of the year. The theory is that on this day many of us are feeling sadder than usual due to cold and dark weather, the unwelcomed arrival of holiday bills, and the time of year that those New Year’s resolutions may be quickly falling through the cracks.
However mental health experts warn it promotes false assumptions and trivializes serious depression—anyone who has had mental health difficulties know it can be experienced at any time of the year and not fall on a single day on the calendar. In fact, the formula for Blue Monday was created with little to no science, by a psychologist hired as part of a travel industry advertising campaign to encourage buyers to take holidays.
A UK nonprofit called Samaritans is trying to counteract the negatives “blues” of Blue Monday by turning it into #BrewMonday – a day to encourage people to take time to talk to a friend who might be lonely, over a nice cup of tea.
In past years, Samaritans volunteers were out and about at train stations around England, giving out free teabags and offering information about their service.
This year however with the pandemic, they are encouraging people to go to virtual. But the message is still the same- something as simple as a cup of tea and a chat can make a big difference to someone experiencing loneliness.
What other ways can we put a positive spin on Blue Monday this year? Well for one thing, the day can serve as a reminder to take time to talk about depression and end the stigma around mental health. It can encourage us to check in on friends and family who may be isolated. It can teach us the real dangers of seasonal depression and how to cope.
With more lockdown measures in effect, it is important now more than ever to reach out to one another. So go on, give someone a call. And while you’re at it, enjoy a nice cup of tea.
To make an immediate difference in someone’s life please consider making a purchase at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site – anything you buy there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need. There is something for every budget – from breakfast for one to meals for everyone, from socks and underwear to entire outfits. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
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
One of the goals of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is to enrich the lives of children in foster care.
Growing up, many children are able to participate in enriching activities such as sports, art lessons, summer camp, and more. For children growing up in the child welfare system, this access to enrichment opportunities is often unavailable due to financial constraints. When given the chance to participate in extracurricular activities, children have the opportunity to connect with their peers outside of a school setting and feel less socially isolated, build self-confidence and a healthy body and mind, and create an identity outside of being a “foster kid”. These activities allow them to escape the stress of their daily lives and just be kids.
Click here or on the image above to learn more about the programs that are helping to enrich the lives of vulnerable children and youth.
You can always read up on the latest news in the online feature The Buzz.
Help giving kids in foster care a fighting chance by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy and secure, and every penny helps!
Encore Plus is posting new episodes of the classic Canadian series Urban Angel on YouTube every weekend, and you can watch them right here! Please be sure to subscribe to the Encore Plus channel, and when you get a moment, thank them for sponsoring the upload of this great show!
Based on the memoirs of Canadian journalist Victor Malarek, Urban Angel chronicles the journey of a street-wise ex-con who gets a job writing a column for the fictional Montreal Tribune. During the course of his work, he fights society’s dysfunctions and a spectrum of crime situations. This iconic series produced by Montreal’s prolific Telescene Film Group starring Louis Ferreira (credited as Justin Louis) and featuring many important talents aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and later, in the United States on CBS Late Night from 1990-93.
Urban Angel (S. 2, Ep. 5)
Pearls of Wisdom
Victor is left holding the diaper when he gives shelter to a single mother, who subsequently leaves without her baby.
Urban Angel (S. 2, Ep. 6)
Victor feels like the poison pen when it appears that a cop killer has been inspired by his articles.
Screenrant has published an article speculating which former Breaking Bad characters could theoretically appear in the upcoming season of the spinoff series Better Call Saul. Read the full article here, and an excerpt below.
“A vast array of Breaking Bad characters have already made appearances in Better Call Saul, but even more could arrive when the heat intensifies in season 6. The following lineup will exclude Breaking Bad characters who already hold a main or recurring role in the spin-off (Jimmy, Gus, Huell, Lydia, etc), or confirmed returnees such as Hank and Gomez, instead focusing on Better Call Saul newcomers or characters who have only made brief cameos in Jimmy’s story until now, and aren’t necessarily guaranteed to return.
You might not recognize Declan’s name, but you’ll surely remember his face. Walter White delivers a veritable feast of quotable lines in Breaking Bad, and “say my name” is arguably top of the list. Declan is the drug dealer on the end of Heisenberg’s stinging tongue, feebly mumbling “…you’re Heisenberg” in response. Declan’s role in Breaking Bad is minimal, only appearing in a handful of episodes before being killed by Jack and his white supremacist followers. A member of the Arizona drug scene and a rival of Gus Fring’s, Declan will be known to many cartel characters in Better Call Saul, and season 6 might explain how Mike comes to consider Declan a “contact” in Breaking Bad. More importantly, the return of actor Louis Ferreira would be a callback of the highest order, honoring his part in one of Breaking Bad‘s most iconic scenes, and paying tribute to the franchise’s past (or future).”
Please note: sadly, at this point there is no reason to believe Declan will make an appearance in the series.
Joe Mallozzi, show producer and writer, has been sharing Behind-the-scenes photos from the Stargate Universe days on his Twitter feed.
Louis played Colonel Everett Young for both seasons of the show.
Here are Greg Fox, Louis Ferreira and Andy Mikita on the set of SGU‘s Season 1 episode Space.
Below are four shots of director Andy Mikita, Louis Ferreira, and Tygh Runyan, also on the set of SGU‘s Season 1 episode Space.
All photos courtesy of and © by Joe Mallozzi.
We’re starting the new year and the new website with a Season 1 Motive episode – #106 Detour, and we have 436 screen caps for you to enjoy! Check out our Screen Caps Page for many more collections!
Logline: The killer: Torontonian Barry Ketchum, who recently celebrated his one year sobriety at his AA meeting. The victim: Eric Chase, a mortgage broker, who was killed one evening outside his office by strangulation. What was the Motive?
Louis played Detective Oscar Vega for all four seasons of the show.
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the screen cap below: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/45216
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns.
Unlike previous readers, this volume was published as a hardcover book within the Level 3 series of the Mr. Mugs readers. It was originally released in 1968. 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.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age.
You can listen to all the previous book readings under the Reading Series Tab.
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 6: Out Into Space (Pages 18-19)
Out Into Space
“Pat! Pat!” called Mr. Mugs.
How does it look?
Here’s Mugs 1.
I made it.
It’s my rocket.”
“It’s pink! It’s pink!
A pink rocket!”
“Yes!” said Mr. Mugs.
“I love pink and
I love rockets.
Come on, Pat.
Let’s go out
Pat asked, “Where?
Where are you going?”
“Where do you want to go?”
asked Mr. Mugs.
Do you want to go to Mars?
Do you want to go to the moon?
Where, Pat? Where should we go?”
Pat said, I want to go away out
into space – awa-a-ay out.”
“Good!” shouted Mr. Mugs.
“Here we go! BLAST OFF!”
… to be continued next month!
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The Affolter Brothers
Justin and his super-fit dad did the infamous Polar Bear swim on January 1, 2021! He writes:
“Mom, Adam, Dad and I went to the beach today. Dad had told me earlier that he wasn’t going to jump in with me however, when we got to the beach, he started peeling off! What a great way to start the new year!”
Patrick posted a video clip on his Twitter feed. Click the screen cap to watch it! He writes:
“Recording the audiobook for my Autobiography.
…also doing ADR for Family Law.”
(ADR = a post-production process used in filmmaking and video production in which additional or supplementary recordings are lip-synced and “mixed” with original production sound to create the finished soundtrack.)
Alex’ new movie Modern Persuasion is now available on VOD in USA and Canada! In Canada you can find it on AppleTV and Googleplay. In the USA find all links at Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Justin has a new music channel on YouTube! There are four tracks and a music video up there so far. A new EP will be out early this year! Grown-ups only, please.
Jen is delighted to share that her show Traces will be airing on BBC One and BBC iplayer on January 4th in the UK, and the US and Canada can catch it on Britbox on January 5th! Do check it out – it’s top shelf television!
Jen also talked to interviewer Alexandra Heilbron about being the only Canadian in the cast and tells a secret about the filming locations. She also reveals what it was like filming roles on two series during the pandemic and what precautions needed to be in place on the set. Watch the interview here!
Ingrid’s film LIBERATE is getting some festival love and she’s thrilled for more people to see and acknowledge her little gem. It screened at Kwanzaa Film Festival through Jan 18th (MLK Day), along with other wonderful films by talented filmmakers. It was written and performed by Ingrid herself and co-produced by her husband, Rob Munic.
LIBERATE is a performance art piece; an anthem for women, especially women of color, to be seen as whole and equal.
“WE ARE WHOLE. WE ARE EQUAL.
WE ARE EVERYTHING.”
Rob and Ingrid want to wish everyone a Happy New Year:
“First one out the gate! 2021: Bring all your beauty. Your challenges. Your splendor. Your battles and your wonder. We are able. We are ready. We welcome it all. We are The minds of a monk. The bodies of a warrior. The hearts of a poet. 2020 forged us all. Together we are stronger.”
Peter is stuck at home and going stir-crazy.
“Quarantine…Day nine… Madness sets in.”
(His puppy Zilla seems to take it all in a stride in the background.)
Bradley and his family also participated in the Annual Polar Bear Swim to welcome the new year!
Both Bradley and his wife Caitlin took the plunge, while their son Beckett decided to stay warm and dry instead.
“The annual polar bear swim is in the books. Needless to say, a good jolt of ice cold H20 feels just about right for 2021.”
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 visit her studio and treat yourself to some Healing Body Art made just for you.
This month Nicole writes:
“This is a simple painting I did, about 7 years ago. I have been asked to do multiple henna trees, and wanted to emulate in canvas with paint.”
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