Published December 2021
As we close out our 12th year of monthly Ferreira Fest gatherings we invite everyone to participate in the 2022 Birthday Project! The holidays are here and we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities; we have our exclusive Reading Series, photos, screen caps, shows news and a special holiday greeting from Louis at the very end! Grab some age- and diet- appropriate version of eggnog at our virtual bar and come on in!
THE 2022 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Louis’ birthday is coming up in two months, and so it’s time to launch our annual Birthday Project! As usual, you can participate, no matter where you are located on the planet. This year’s project is connected to a fundraiser, thanks to a generous friend – and it won’t cost you a penny to join in!
Check out the Birthday Project Page for more details!
Ability Online participated in Giving Tuesday – the day of charitable giving which happens annually on the Tuesday after (American) Thanksgiving.
For young people with disabilities, social isolation is not something that resulted from the pandemic. Social and physical barriers often lead to exclusion and isolation. And that’s not “normal”.
Giving Tuesday (and really every day!) is your chance to help us connect even more young people with all kinds of disabilities and chronic illnesses in a safe space where all we see is potential! For over 30 years, we have helped young people feel a true sense of belonging. Together, let’s do more!
Visit www.abilityonline.org to donate. Every donation makes a difference!
Do you know a young person who lives with a disability? Please encourage them to join the Ability Online Forum!
Ability Gives is the equipment fundraising arm of Ability Online. From time to time we have families in need of support, who are not comfortable profiling their child for donation. We respect this, but still want and need to help these families. Whether it is for cultural, religious, or other personal reasons, there are some families who choose to keep their child’s disability private. Not everyone is comfortable sharing information online. And that is totally understandable.
By making a donation to this general fund, you will be supporting children with disabilities who need equipment/adaptive aids to improve the quality of their lives. Your support is greatly appreciated!
You can always contribute to Ability Online and help provide a safe online forum for kids with disabilities. Just click on the logo below – every penny helps!
Project Limelight is open to young people aged 8 to 15 in the Strathcona district. The average session is four months long and runs three days a week. The first month is spent learning skills, techniques and forms of expression, including clowning, creative writing, voice work, movement and improvisation. The following three months are spent rehearsing a full-length theatrical production, leading up to a final performance on a community stage, giving participants the opportunity to showcase everything they have accomplished. Project Limelight welcomes youth ages 8 to 15 living in East Vancouver to join the waitlist for future programs. No audition required.
Workshops are currently on hold due to COVID-19 but will start up again as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Meanwhile, help them prepare for the next production with a donation by clicking on the logo below.
Haven Toronto is the city’s only daytime shelter for elder homeless men, providing extensive services to a very vulnerable part of the population., but they are also tireless advocates for affordable housing, fighting poverty and age discrimination.
“International human rights law acknowledges everyone’s right to an adequate standard of living, which includes the right to adequate housing.”
Why ‘A Christmas Carol’ Should Scare The Dickens Out Of You
Dickens didn’t dislike wealth; it was greed that he hated.
You will be surprised what many men say is the hardest part of being homeless. It’s not the hunger pangs or lack of shelter.
He was against income inequality so stark that the people at the bottom could barely survive, and that people who could not work were better off dead.
Dickens also believed it’s never too late for redemption. Read more about it here!
As you make your annual holiday charitable contributions consider Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site where everything you purchase goes directly to an elder homeless man in need – no middleman required!
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 Holiday Season Celebration brings joy to children, youth and families who are at risk.
All children deserve to experience the joy, belonging, and celebration that the holiday season brings. Unfortunately, for many kids living in care and accessing child welfare services, the holidays can be a confusing, lonely, and often stressful time of year.
Some children must navigate unsafe or difficult family dynamics, poverty, or living with strangers, while some older teens even live on their own—all the while wishing for a “normal” holiday like their friends. The Foundation supports children, youth and families at risk during the holiday season with a variety of programs and supports, including the annual Holiday Season Celebration, which provides an opportunity for children and youth in care to have a special, safe, and fun-filled day for them to feel celebrated.
The Holiday Season Celebration is Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s longest standing enrichment initiative, and for over 40 years has provided kids and families in Toronto with an afternoon of fun, good food, making connections with other kids and families in their community, and getting into the holiday spirit.
Click here to make a donation towards the event today.
As we continue to see and process the recent public displays of anti-Black racism taking place in communities near and far, it is important to hold ourselves as individuals and organizations accountable for our own education about the issues faced by Black communities and to continuously strive to do better in addressing them. Despite the efforts we are making and continuing to build upon, we acknowledge that there is still a long way to go.
At Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, we are committed to standing alongside Black children, youth, and families in our communities and supporting our child- and youth-serving partners who work to improve outcomes for and address issues facing Black families. Through our work, we know that Black families make up a disproportionate number of those involved in the child welfare system. In Ontario alone, although Black children make up just four per cent of the overall child population, they represent 30 per cent of kids living in government care.
Together with our partners and donors, we are committed to the ongoing process of learning and listening in order to best support programs that seek to address the specific needs of Black children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system, help to reduce the number of Black children coming into care, and to better address anti-Black racism within our sector and beyond.
Read more about the programs CAFDN is proud to support here.
Read all the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz.
This holiday season please consider a donation towards programs helping kids in foster care by clicking on the logo below.
Louis is currently filming a new series called Shogun. He has completed two episodes and will do two more in January.
Set in the 17th Century, the story is told from the perspective of British hero John Blackthorne, a sailor who rises from outsider to samurai, while being used as a pawn in Japanese leader Toranaga’s struggle to reach the top of the ruling chain, or Shogun.
Pilot Major John Blackthorne and what remains of his crew arrive in Japan in May 1600. The Pilot, whom the Japanese call ‘Anjin-san‘, is thrust into a world of dangerous politics and intrigue between rival Japanese Warlords, the Regency, the Catholic Church, and the Empires of Spain and Portugal. With the help of a beautiful young lady, he navigates the treacherous waters under the auspices of one of the most powerful men in the world: Yoshi Toranaga.
HELLO, MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT 2
Way back in 1987 Louis filmed a movie called Hello, Mary Lou: Prom Night 2.
Movieweb just released a great detailed review of the movie:
“Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, a 1987 follow-up to the Jamie Lee Curtis number Prom Night, is widely regarded as one of better slashers that isn’t Halloween, etc. While the original Canadian slasher from director Paul Lynch is a straightforward slice ‘n’ dice romp, Prom Night II takes a very different angle from its predecessor, serving a fresh new story of vengeance, straying from the standard slasher routine, and becoming something fantastical and supernatural.
It’s a surprise; a visually fun one with original exciting scares, well-crafted characters to actually enjoy following, and a stockpile of funny lines. A ghastly possession tale in slasher clothing, Prom Night II isn’t just great for a horror sequel, it’s a damn good horror movie.”
Read the full review here!
A Stargate Universe fan on Reddit wrote about running into Louis. Read the post here!
Justin Breault and Jackie both shared photos of Louis. Enjoy!
This month we have over 600 screen caps from the comedy series Hidden Hills, episode 102: The Mark of Manolo. Louis plays family man Doug Barber who lives with his wife and two kids in the posh suburb of Hidden Hills.
In this episode Doug and Janine adopt another dog so their family dog Bon Jovi will have a companion. Janine’s best friend Sarah has a new personal trainer, a good-looking guy named Manolo. They set him up with their recently divorced friend Pam who immediately starts drooling over him. Doug’s wife Janine hires Manolo as her personal trainer as well. This of course makes Doug jealous!
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the screen cap below: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/51997
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 17: B.C.H.
“Hi!” called the boys.
“What are you doing?”
Tom shouted back, “Come and see.
It’s a surprise!”
“What is it?” asked Bill.
“A clubhouse,” said Tom.
“A clubhouse? What’s it for?” Bill asked.
“It’s for our club – a boy’s club. You can be in our club. Come on! You two can help. A clubhouse is fun!”
Some girls saw the clubhouse.
“What’s that?” they asked.
Tom answered, “It’s a clubhouse – for boys.”
“May we look in?” asked the girls.
“No!” answered Mark. “It’s not for girls.”
“Not for girls! Not for girls? Why not? What’s wrong with girls? Why can’t we play in your clubhouse?”
“Girls don’t play in clubhouses,” answered Tom. “That’s why. You can play in the house or you can look at TV.”
The girls didn’t like it.
… to be continued next month!
Alaina’s newest movie The Missing Twin is now available for streaming on Lifetime Movie Network!
This powerful, heartfelt thriller follows a loving family wracked with grief after one of their twin daughters is stillborn. But Jenny, our desperate mother, is haunted by the feeling that the twin she lost is still alive. Driven by her faith that her daughter is still out there somewhere, lost and needing her help, Jenny’s pursuit of the truth throws her into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless child abductors who will stop at nothing to silence her. Watch the full trailer right here!
Here’s Alaina posing with one of her Abbadon hair models, from the recurring character she played on the series Supernatural.
“I had a great time with my buddy Louis and my new friend Chris in Whistler last weekend! We were fortunate enough to get in a round of “frolfing”, a couple short hikes, relax at the Scandinave Spa Whistler, enjoy a great meal at Il Caminetto Whistler. Although, I’d say my favorite part was the great conversation.”
Amanda shared a photo of her dog Calvin, taken by her daughter Makena. Calvin is very sick and needs lots of medications.
Find out more on his fundraising page and donate if you can!
Greyston spent some time in Manhattan earlier this month, and as always he took some awesome photos and posted them on his Instagram feed. Check them out!
“I really hope the pandemic is sufficiently under control that the Canadian border is fully open by summer.
Assuming it is (eek!), I’ve signed on to very excitedly babble about the science of Stargate with you!”
Troy had an amazing end to a great session with these lovelies and fantastic year with the Haven Acting Studio family and community!
Bryan Beasley has a no good, very bad day.
Here’s Patrick’s character in the Family Law season finale on Global TV.
Eric’s company EBPainting is staying busy! Here’s proof of their good work!
This is a quadplex we painted right near Kits beach! Painting totally revitalized and added so much value to this building. We are already pre booking exterior painting for next Spring 2022. Contact us now if you would like a quote as we are already booked up for the first couple of months of exterior painting!
Justin posted a ton of new and some updated poetry in the past month. Read the poems by clicking on each individual thumbnail. The links will take you to Justin’s Poetry and Artwork share site. Mature readers only, please! Our underage readers should go here instead.
David teaches music to kids in Manhattan, and how to pose as Christmas tree ornaments to his cats.
Season 2 of Jen’s series Traces is coming to Alibi Channel in February 2022!
We will keep you posted about the rest of the world.
Peter was very excited to be a guest at Comic Con LA December 3-5 at the L.A. Convention Center. Table 102 at Comic Con LA was filled with goodies!
Peter is a highly accomplished voice actor as well as a popular stand-up comedian, and he’s always in high demand.
Standby with JJ and Francisco: It’s episode 44, and this week the guys chat with the very talented Peter Kelamis (Dragon Ball Z, Stargate Universe, Ed, Edd n Eddy) about voice acting, traveling abroad, and working with Robin Williams. Watch it here!
Peter will be at the Nightcap Comedy Club on Saturday, January 8 2022 at 9:15pm, 17 West Pender St in Vancouver. Click on the poster for tickets!
Bradley is currently working on Devil in Ohio where he plays the sheriff. He writes:
“So much to be thankful for this year. I will be missing my family on this holiday as this guy you see in the picture will be keeping me busy today, but it’s not lost on me how fortunate I am for the life I’ve built, and the people in it.”
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations or other artwork 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:
“My daughter Gala has been working on her portfolio and I think she is almost ready to submit it. A little nervous of course. I have so much belief in her, she has a lot of talent. Here is a sculpture she did recently, it is a part of her portfolio as well.”
A HOLIDAY GREETING FROM LOUIS
Happy Holidays to all those who celebrate from Louis, Jackie, Giancarlo, Billie,
and everyone at Ferreira Fest! We hope to see you often in 2022!
photo by I. Pinedo
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