Spring has sprung in the Northern hemisphere, and we’re heading into Fall Down Under… and it’s time for another great gathering at Ferreira Fest! We hope everyone is signed up to receive their COVID vaccinations at the earliest opportunity. Check out our COVID Support Resources! This month we have lots of friends and charities news, screen caps and our exclusive Reading Series, so grab an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come on in!
As the first social media technology platform for young people with disabilities to connect to each other and the world around them, Ability Online offers its members the following:
- Supportive online community for kids, teens & young adults with all kinds of disabilities or health challenges.
- Dedicated sections for Parents/Caregivers & Professionals!
- A Safe, monitored online experience also rich in resources and skill development modules.
- Connections to peers, role models & mentors for info and support.
- Equipment grants for qualifying members (parents) of the online community. Grant recipients are children with disabilities or chronic illnesses under 18 years of age (See Ability Gives)
- FREE membership
Just register at myability.ca – and yes, we will call you on the phone to verify your information – but guess what? – that procedure has kept our members safe since 1990! Worth the wait, don’t you think? Then simply log in and explore the possibilities.
Ability Online needs your support now more than ever – the COVID-19 pandemic has hit kids with disabilities particularly hard – many of them are not able to receive a vaccine, and so they are stuck at home for the foreseeable future. Please give what you can by clicking on the logo below – every penny helps!
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. Since 2012, numerous youth within the East Vancouver community have taken part in the program. Previous Project Limelight productions, WONDERLAND, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OZ, MIRROR MIRROR, THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, EASTSIDE STORY, #FAIRYTALE, and OFF THE HOOK, were performed in front of sold out crowds at SFU Woodward’s to rave reviews.
While Project Limelight is currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are already underway for productions once it is safe again to do so. You can help them hit the ground running by making a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy and secure.
Haven Toronto is a drop-in daytime shelter where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, where they can form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community.
- Our VISION is a safe and just community in which elder homeless men have the opportunity to live a quality, dignified life.
- Our MISSION is to be a national leader in services, programs and advocacy for elder homeless men.
Haven Toronto’s Annual Meeting will be on May 3 at 5:30pm. Register here if you’d like to attend!
Here is a useful infographic of what it takes to survive year-round when you’re homeless. Click on the image to read the booklet and find out what you can do to help!
If you’re the kind of person who likes to know exactly where their donation ends up consider making a purchase at Haven Toronto’s Shop and Share site. Everything you buy there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need; from single meals to entire winter outfits 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
The Children’s Aid Foundation supports Canada’s youth in the foster care system.
Last year, we collaborated with 44 partners to provide 9,658 kids with education and enrichment opportunities that enabled them to access sports, tutoring and other educational supports, art lessons, camp, and more to help them build confidence and motivation, connect with other young people, explore their interests, and help achieve academic success. Read about these initiatives in our Annual Impact Report.
In 2019-2020, our Teddy Bear Fund was able to support the urgent and critical needs of 4,704 children and youth, and 4,205 families in Toronto. With specialized mental health supports, resources to help youth as they “age out” of care, and more, the Teddy Bear Fund has been changing lives since 2016! Read more about the impacts of this fund last year in our Annual Report.
You can always read up on the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz.
The need for support is always great in the foster care system. Please help get these kids get a good start in life by clicking on the logo below!
It was still a little chilly around that time, but Louis and Jackie wanted to wish everyone who celebrates a Happy Easter!
And this is your reminder to keep wearing that mask! Even if you’ve had your shots already you don’t want to take that risk just yet, and please be mindful of other people who haven’t had theirs yet, or who cannot receive a vaccine for health reasons, such as a compromised immune system due to chemo therapy.
Do your part to keep other people safe! Practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear your mask and STAY HOME if you feel sick!
This month we have 190 screen caps from the Motive Season 4 episode The Score.
Louis played homicide detective Oscar Vega in all four seasons of the show. In this episode a body is found outside in a remote area of Squamish, killed by blunt force trauma to the head. The detectives stumble upon another active investigation on the movement of stolen counterfeit goods. The person under investigation in that case, Levi Foster, becomes a primary suspect as the murderer.
Levi Foster is played by none other than our friend Eugene Lipinski who is also one of Louis’ closest friends. Unfortunately their two story lines never cross so we don’t get to see the two in a scene together.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/46991
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 9: Moon/ Earth
They saw what the moon looked like.
It was big and nothing was on it –
no houses or flowers –
no boys or girls.
A man in a funny-looking moon suit was looking around.
“I don’t think I want to go
to the moon,” said Pat.
When Pat saw Earth,
he wanted to go home.
He didn’t want to go to Mars
or to the moon.
“Good,” sad Mr. Mugs, “I think
we should go back to Earth.”
They said good-bye to the space station.
In no time the pink rocket
was blasting off for Earth.
… to be continued next month!
Sebastian celebrated his 21st birthday!
May the coming year be the best one yet!
From the New York Film Academy website:
“My advice to incoming students would be to have fun! Ultimately filmmaking is a joy. Remember why you love movies and television and enjoy learning the tools to aid yourself in the creative process.”
Actress, producer and NYFA Alum Alaina Huffman is no stranger to film. Appearing in Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Amber Alert and Netflix’s The Perfection. Alaina expanded her skills by taking one of NYFA’s Online Filmmaking Workshops. We can’t wait to share more about her upcoming projects!
Alaina writes: “Thank you @newyorkfilmacademy for this feature! Took sometime this last year to learn a little. Always excited to grow.”
The Affolter Brothers
The Affolter Brothers keep racking up awards and their newest animated film Try To Fly is now making the festival rounds!
Justin is busy doing film stunt work! He writes:
“Damn. These COVID lockdowns make it hard to get to the barbershop.”
“It’s been a ride stepping into the dark world of Riverdale and there are many more twists to come.”
Riverdale is based on the popular Archie comics and airs on The CW.
Life of Gusto podcast episode 18 features Mika McKinnon, Geophysicist, Disaster Researcher, Science Consultant & Science Communicator:
“Our guest is Mika McKinnon. She’s a geophysicist, disaster researcher, educator, and science communicator. Mika has also served as a science consultant on a number of tv shows and films including Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Madam Secretary, and Star Trek Discovery. Join us for a conversation about everything from this week’s volcano eruption in Iceland, what rocks tell us about our past and future, exploring other planets, to what it’s like to work on science fiction shows, and why throwing a block party might be the best thing you can do to prepare for a disaster. Mika’s passion for science is infectious: you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more enthusiastic about learning.”
Listen to the podcast on Spotify!
From the Raspberryshake.com site:
“We were thrilled to do a talk with Mika McKinnon last year – and through her learned about the Raspishake an awesome tool for learning about the world! Their team has their first virtual event coming soon! Check it out teachers!”
Great news from our friend Dennis! From hollywoodreporter.com:
Netflix is back in business with the team behind The Order.
The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for The Imperfects, a sci-fi drama starring Italia Ricci (Chasing Life).
The drama revolves around three twenty-somethings who, following an experimental gene therapy, are turned into monsters who band together to hunt down the scientist responsible and force him to make them human again.
The series is from The Order‘s Dennis Heaton, Shelley Eriksen and Chad Oakes and Michael Frislev of Nomad Pictures. Heaton will serve as showrunner, exec producer and writer. Eriksen is set to write and exec produce.
Ricci (Designated Survivor) will star as Dr. Sydney Burke, a brilliant scientist looking to fix her past mistakes, both professional and ethical, by allying with Abbi (Rhianna Jagpal, Charmed), Juan (Iñaki Godoy, Who Killed Sara?) and Tilda (Morgan Taylor Campbell, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) to track down the scientist responsible for their grim fates.
Rhys Nicholson (RuPaul’s Drag Race Downunder) will play Dr. Alex Sarkov, a former child prodigy who refuses to let anyone or anything interfere with his goal of rewriting the human genome and ushering in the next stage of human evolution. The cast also includes Celina Martin (Other Kingdom) as a test subject and Kyra Zagorsky (The 100) as a rival to find Sarkov.
The series is the latest for Netflix from Nomadic Pictures and follows The Order, Wu Assassins and The I-Land.
— Congratulations to Dennis and his team!! Dennis writes: “I’m working on the final episodes right now. Hoping to have everything scripted by the end of the month.”
Stay tuned for more news!
Patrick was making short stories long during a weekend break to Lake Louise, in between filming Season 3 of the hit series JANN.
A well-deserved break, Patrick!
Sawyer is celebrating her birthday on Earth Day!
Happy Earth Day Birthday, Sawyer!!
Eric’s company EB Painting is super-busy again now that the weather is improving for outdoor jobs:
“Our team is on site today painting the exterior of this lovely Mount Pleasant home!”
Visit the EB Painting website for more info or to book a job!
Jen participated in the online performance of Through These Eyes by Angie Ip.
“Thank you, Angie Ip, for your talent and courage in writing and creating this project to inspire hope and change.”
Watch Jen’s latest series Traces on iTunes!
All My Children: Back in the Day!!
I found this clip while trying to create more storage on my computer. What a memory! My first professional acting gig. So much I could say about this but here are my 3 takeaways:
- This beautiful young artist deserved a lot more love and encouragement than I knew how to give her. Thank goodness for growth and understanding.
- It’s incredible but @lindsayjprice and @alldondre and I could be having a similar conversation all these years later. Love you both.
- My Black is beautiful. There is room for all shades.
Click on the screen cap to watch Ingrid’s first big screen role on the famous soap opera!
Peter writes: “Soo, a line I did on a Barbie video years ago is EXPLODING on YouTube for some reason… Enjoy!”
On April 11, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries were back with an all new Signature Mystery Series Crossword Mysteries: Riddle Me Dead at 8/7c.
Sleuthers – do you think you can help them solve the case? Use #CrosswordMysteries when you tweet.
Peter plays the character of Graham in the made for TV movie which aired on Hallmark Channel.
Back at home Peter was confronted with an all too common issue:
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