Spring has finally arrived, or Fall – depending on where you live – and as usual we’re gathering here at Ferreira Fest to check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. We have shows news, all kinds of updates, photos and our exclusive Reading Series as well as more Urban Angel screen caps and a new recipe from Jackie, so grab a bowl and a spoon and join us – there’s room at our table for everyone!
At Ability Online our mission is to provide a social network technology platform that gives youth with disabilities, parents, and professionals a safe, secure, and positive online experience every time they log in.
We strive to remove social barriers and reduce the stigma associated with being different, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
We aim to promote independence and a better quality of life with learning and skills development.
Above all, we want to promote respect, acceptance, and inclusion.
Ability Gives is our equipment grant program, started in the Spring of 2012 with the generous support from the Pollack Family. Ability Gives is dedicated to helping families acquire necessary equipment and aids for children (under 18 years of age) with a disability or a complex medical condition. We have given the gift of independence to more than 200 children to date, valued at over $450,000!
Having a child with a disability brings a unique set of challenges to a family’s life. From learning how to manage their health needs to wanting to help them achieve their personal best, it’s a 24/7 undertaking!
And then you add in all the “extras”, the adapted equipment, specialized seating, writing aids, etc., that quickly drain often limited financial resources. It is that drain that commonly prevents many children from getting the equipment they need. We need to help these families because they can’t do it alone!
Lamitta is 11 years old, a happy and smart girl who loves life and wants to be an engineer when she grow up.
Lamitta is a beautiful girl who was born with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia and a lot of complications related to her diagnosis.
Lamitta is totally dependent and needs 24 hours surveillance and care.
Due to her medical condition, Lamitta can’t sit properly without good seating support.
Lamitta needs a special needs booster seat to give her body the support needed and provide her with much needed trunk and neck support.
These adapted seats are very expensive, and beyond the means of the family. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated. All donations receive a tax receipt, and 100% of the money raised goes directly towards the cost of the seat. The sooner we raise the money, the sooner Lamitta will receive the seating support she needs. Click here to help!
You can always make a contribution to Ability Online to provide a safe, monitored and bully-free online environment for special needs kids. With COVID-19 still raging this is more important than ever. Click on the logo below – it’s quick and easy.
This year on International Women’s Day we share the story of our founder, May Birchard, an activist, advocate and visionary.
May Birchard was one of the first female City Councillors in Toronto and an influential anti-poverty activist.
During WWI, her family moved to Winnipeg where, in the early 30s, she founded The Good Neighbours’ Club. On her return to Toronto, Birchard opened a second location of the Club, now called Haven Toronto.
Read the full article here.
The next time you see an elder homeless man, ask yourself, “How did they get there?” You can take the question to mean “how did they end up homeless” but we are thinking in simpler terms. How did they literally get to that place on the street, in the park, at the store, etc.? The answer is they most likely walked.
Research suggests elder homeless men walk an average of 15 kilometres a day including to meet with a social worker, visit the doctor and connect with friends. They also have to walk to and from the shelter, walk to get meals, and to get their mail. No home means no home delivery.
In most cases, transit is not an option as the cost of the fare exceeds their budget or the funds can be better used elsewhere. When faced with the choice, walking is easier than not eating but it comes at a price, like the toll it takes on their foot health and their overall wellbeing. Read the full article here.
If you want to make an immediate impact please consider buying a pair of shoes at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site: anything purchased there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need!
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
NOW LAUNCHED! At Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, after hearing from youth with lived child welfare experience about the need for a “one-stop resource shop”, we built Fostering Community, a free online platform for youth in and from care in Canada!
This free and accessible content features awesome posts and information as well as links to resources and interesting opportunities such as scholarships, employment programs, budgeting tips and much more.
Check it out today, and be sure to spread the word!
Check out our list of Ways to Be an Ally, including actions you can take, research you can do, and how to raise awareness about the issues facing young people who have experienced the child welfare system. This list was developed in consultation with members of our Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC). We hope you’ll join us in standing up for kids.
Read all the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz.
Make a difference in the lives of children in foster care and contribute by clicking on the logo below.
THE ADVENTURES OF PEANUT AND PIG
Several years ago Louis voiced Peanut the Jazz Monkey in a feature film named Goola City. It was later renamed Saving Goola and released in Asia and a number of other countries. It is now available for release in the US under a new title: The Adventures of Peanut and Pig.
Let’s hope that a distributor picks it up so we’ll finally be able to see it! Meanwhile you can check out the listing here.
The floating paradise of Goola is in big trouble when the island begins to sink! An unlikely team of rival monkeys, a scientist bunny, and a jolly pig will put aside their differences and learn about friendship and bravery to save the day.
Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), Peter New (My Little Pony), Kelly Metzger (Littlest Pet Shop), Mark Acheson (Elf), Maryke Hendrikse (Sausage Party)
Animation, Family, Adventure
RUNTIME: (75 Min)
Louis’ chair plate from the movie Saw IV has surfaced on a collectors’ website.
Chair plates are attached to the folding chairs for actors where they can chill between takes during filming
Louis played lawyer Art Blank in the movie.
Jackie shared two pictures of herself and Louis among some beautiful Joshua Trees.
This month we have 885 screencaps from episode 205 Pearls of Wisdom from the series Urban Angel. Louis plays Montreal Tribune reporter Victor Torres who ends up fighting for social justice on the job every day.
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.
Victor is left holding the diaper bag when he gives shelter to a single mother, who subsequently leaves without her baby.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/54379 or click on the image below.
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 20: A Sad Story (continued)
“What?” they asked
“A nest!” he shouted.
“A nest! I saw a nest up there!”
“Where, Pat? Where is it?” asked Bill.
The boys looked and looked.
“I see where it is,” said Bill.
Jim saw it, too.
There it was – a good little home for baby birds.
“There it is, answered Pat, “up there.”
“Let’s go up and see what’s in it,” said Pat. “I know how to get up there!”
Bill and Jim wanted to see the nest too.
Pat was ready to go up when Mother called,
“Pat! Come here. Come here, boys!
I want to talk to you.”
Pat ran up to Mother and said,
“There’s a nest up there, Mommy!
It’s a pretty little one.
We want to see what’s in it.”
“Don’t go near the nest,” said Mother.
“The birds won’t like it.
Play in the clubhouse, or play ball,
but don’t go near the nest.”
Then Mother went back into the house.
… to be continued next month!
Alaina shared a photo of herself frolicking in the snow!
Looks like the perfect thing to do on such a beautiful winter day! Check out her Instagram post for more pictures.
Hands are a huge component to intimate storytelling for film and theatre. Fellow intimacy coordinators Karyn Mott and Phay Moores have seen many examples — what’s your favorite or least favorite way to hold hands? Click on the screen cap for a hilarious and educational demonstration!
What does an intimacy coordinator do? Lean more about this essential person in theatre and film here.
Greyston shared a beautiful picture of Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island.
In addition to being a talented actor Greyston is also an accomplished photographer – to see more of his work please check out his Instagram feed.
Troy had a part in in recent Peacemaker episode.
Catch up on the series now streaming on HBO Max and Crave Canada if you’re up North.
Click on the screencap to watch a short video clip!
There’s an awesome new article from The Almost Done about Bucketheads‘ very own Torin Sereta, aka Troy Mundle!
We’re all very excited to show you more of Torin’s journey in Chapter 2, dropping in the next couple of months!
Read the full article here.
And don’t forget to follow Bucketheads on Twitter!
Patrick posted a portrait by Matthew Mckenna.
“For Boating Magazine’s Summer 2020 Fashion issue, Vol.4 Issue.12”
Sawyer shared a birthday photo of herself and Louis.
Quality father/ daughter time!
Eric’s painting company EB Painting has posted lots of new photos. Check out the stunning Before and After photos below! Click on an image for more examples.
“We helped our clients choose the perfect shade for their new home. The results? A bright and timeless finish.”
Justin posted two more new poems. You can read the rest of them in Justin’s Gallery.
Mature readers only, please.
Click on the poems for large versions!
“Nothing gets me more inspired than making the album art. Summer 2022 release 10 track album!”
The new album is titled Dave’s Day in Manhattan.
We’ll let you know when it’s available for you to purchase and enjoy!
“Chatting all things Traces with with the lovely Jim and Leeta of Our City Tonight!”
From Our City Tonight:
“In a NEW EPISODE of Our City Tonight (Sunday 1030am on CHEKTV), we chat with Canadian actress Jennifer Spence who’s part of a great cast in the British TV show called Traces. Season 2 is available on Britbox.”
You can watch the interview on YouTube if you live outside of Canada or you don’t have access to the Britbox channel.
Here’s another photo of Jen during the filming of Season 2!
Way to go, Jen!
Rob Munic and Ingrid Rogers
“I’ve won three times in my life.
1. Ozzy Osbourne tickets to a radio call in ‘80. Wasn’t allowed to go to the show.
2. ‘19 Goonies signed movie poster that I gave to Michael Cobian (personal highlight)
3. and in 2002 I won at life when I walked into Whole Foods and walked out with my forever ❤️. The journey continues. Never gets old. Every day is a holiday. And in the words of Mr. Osbourne no one I would rather be going off the rails on a crazy train with.”
Come on out and see me this April 22-24, 2022 at Fanboy Expo!
See you there!
The always busy Bradley was cast in the movie Disquiet by Michael Winnick. There’s no rest for the weary!
“Apparently objects in motion stay in motion! Grateful to be off on my next acting adventure!”
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend (and frequent Louis photo supplier) Jackie has an Instagram feed at @soberrynutritious for sharing her culinary creations. Every month she will contribute a recipe you can all try out, knowing that the result will be both nutritious and delicious! If you’re on Instagram be sure to follow her for frequent recipe updates!
Hearty Italian Winter Vegetable Soup
There is nothing like a hearty Italian winter vegetable soup on a cold day. Soups are always my go-to comfort food as I love experimenting with a variety of nutrient dense vegetables. For this recipe, I roasted my base ingredients, as roasting concentrates and intensifies the flavors creating a rich and delicious home cooked soup.
Happy cooking, friends!
2 diced medium Yukon potatoes
2 large diced carrots
1 can cannellini beans
3 Roma or plum tomatoes halved and seeded
3 – 4 garlic cloves
2 sprigs of thyme
1 Tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 400C and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add your tomatoes, onions and garlic to your roasting pan and drizzle with oil. Roast for 15-20 mins or until soft, turning over half way through.
Add your beans and kale to your veggies and stir.
Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, garnish with parsley and serve. Salt and pepper to taste.
HEALING BODY ART
Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her creations with Ferreira Fest. And if you find yourself in Vancouver visit her studio and treat yourself to some Healing Body Henna Art made just for you.
This month Nicole writes:
“On a much-needed getaway inspiration came in the form of sticks and stones.
Near Halfmoon Bay is a gorgeous beach covered in tumbled stones, bleached driftwood and smooth bark.
I played with nature’s jigsaw pieces and made this dragon or dog. I hope it brings a smile to someone who comes across this temporary art.”
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