Winter has arrived in most of the northern hemisphere, and as we gather this month we give thanks for our little warm corner of the internet where we can gather anytime in friendship and support of each other. As always, we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities, and we have so many goodies for you, from trip photos to our exclusive Reading Series and a brand-new recipe for cold weather comfort food. Grab a slice of fresh pumpkin pie and an age-appropriate cocktail at our virtual bar and join us around our warm fireplace, where everyone is always welcome! Come on in!
Giving Tuesday is coming up! Please add Ability Online to your list of causes and help children, youth and young adults with disabilities by providing them with a safe and bully-free monitored online environment. Read more about it here.
“Thank you to everyone who joined us at The Caledonian on October 13th for our ‘Whisky for a Cause’ fundraiser. The food and whisky was outstanding! Some of our guests managed to score some rare bottles as well as other live auction goodies. Thank you to all who helped make this a night to remember!”
Of course you can always donate to the general operating fund – any day of the week! Visit the newly updated website to learn more about the many programs Ability Online manages on behalf of their clients.
Making a donation is quick and easy – just click on the logo below!
Haven Toronto is the city’s only daytime shelter for elder homeless men. Haven Toronto reduces barriers to health care, housing and food security and provides access to a full-time nurse, counsellors, healthy meals and more.
With hundreds of interactions monthly – onsite and virtually – and thousands annually, our onsite nurses and counsellors reduce barriers to health care for elder homeless men.
Make a difference with your donation. A mere $7 is breakfast for a week for an elder homeless man. $14 means meals for a week, food security and peace of mind.
Want to give truly meaningful gifts this holiday season? Then consider shopping at Haven Toronto! Everything you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need. Winters in Toronto are brutally cold, and your gift of meals and warm clothing will save lives.
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Uplift children in your community with every download of our FREE children’s book, created with The Wiggles! For every download, our generous donor AMJ Campbell will donate 1$ to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada on your behalf. That’s free money and nothing out of your pocket!
Please share the link with everyone you know and help raise money without paying a single penny! Download the book now by clicking on the graphics.
We are incredibly pleased to share that Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has been named a finalist for the Best Youth Engagement award as a part of the 2nd ever CharityVillage Conference and Awards!
With over 200+ submissions the finalists represent some of the very best across the nonprofit sector! The award winners will be announced at the 2021 CharityVillage Conference and Awards hosted virtually on November 30th!
We believe that young people transitioning out of government care need more support, and according to an Ipsos poll, an overwhelming number of Canadians agree.
In our new snapshot entitled Focus On Youth, we found that 88% of Canadians agree that 18, which is – on average – when youth “age out” of the child welfare system, is too young for youth to navigate the world without continued support. Yet, every year, 2,300 young people “age out” of government care. Without financial or familial support, youth leaving care face significant obstacles on their journey to adulthood.
Read the snapshot to learn more about the poll, the challenges faced by youth aging out of the system and how you can support them.
You can always catch up on the latest news here, and of course you can make a general donation anytime! We have our own donations page for The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada – simply click on the link below; the process is quick and secure.
Jackie and Louis have been travelling in Europe, most recently in the Azores, a volcanic island group off the coast of Portugal where Louis was born on Terceira. There are only a few dormant volcanos in the world that you can actually walk around inside of on foot. Terceira is home to one of them! Jackie shared some photos from their days on Terceira Island.
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming week:
NCIS: A Desperate Man (S9, Ep 13) – WE
Wednesday November 23, 12pm
A navy lieutenant is murdered, and the team investigates while being interrupted by her husband, who is a detective; and Ray Cruz returns to talk to Ziva about their possible future together.
See screen caps here!
Cocktail – AMC
Sunday November 27, 4am
In this tasty romantic drama, a cocky skirt-chasing bartender drops out of law school in search of a top-shelf lifestyle. Later, his romance with a pretty waitress is threatened by an alluring fashion executive who wants him all to herself.
See screen caps here!
Shooter – PAR
Monday November 28, 8pm
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after hearing of a plot to kill the President. After being-double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the real killer and the truth.
See screen caps here!
Check here every week for current TV airings!
This month we have 537 screen caps from the series Durham County, season 1 episode 4, Guys and Dolls.
In this episode evidence mounts against Ray Prager and Detective Sweeney brings him in for questioning. Before long it’s Sweeney who’s under suspicion as Prager weaves a net of suspicion around his old rival.
Louis plays the deeply disturbed Ray Prager in the acclaimed series from 2007. Holly Dale directed the episode; Louis has worked with her many times over the course of his career. Our friend Greyston Holt plays Ray Prager’s son Ray Jr.
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the screen cap 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 28: Lost! – A Dog! Part 1 (continued)
That night Pat didn’t want
to go to sleep. He wanted to cry.
He was thinking about Mr. Mugs.
“I have an idea!” said Tom
“Let’s sleep out in the clubhouse tonight.
There’s room for three. It should be fun!”
Pat liked the idea.
“This will be my first time to sleep
in the clubhouse,” he said.
“May we, Mommy?” he asked.
Mother thought this should help
Pat get to sleep. She said yes.
Then the boys got ready.
“This is going to be fun,” Pat thought.
“I’m sorry Mr. Mugs isn’t here.
He loves to have fun.”
It was dark in the clubhouse.
Mark and Tom put Pat on the inside.
Pat liked the clubhouse and
he liked to be out with the boys.
Mark told a funny story
and then Pat went to sleep.
SGU: The Tragedy (and Triumph) of T.J. – An Interview With Alaina Huffman: Stargate Universe actress Alaina Huffman sat down with GateWorld to talk about her time on the show, T.J.’s trauma, and what she is doing now.
Watch it here:
Recently, Alaina has been picking apples again to celebrate Fall while also doing a fashion modelling shoot.
Watch her little video where she’s having fun in an orchard while being impeccably styled for the season.
Click on the screen cap to see more!
Karyn is a member of the team at @principal.intimacy and @intimacysociety and a SAG-AFTRA recognized Intimacy Coordinator. An intimacy coordinator, sometimes called an intimacy director, is a member of a film or television crew who ensures the well-being of actors who participate in sex scenes or other intimate scenes in theater, film and television production. Intimacy coordinators work closely with directors, movement directors, and choreographers to help plan out intimate scenes with both the actors along with other crew members.
“Fact: A lot of the job of an Intimacy Professional is paperwork. I am grateful for my team and these dogs on days like this.
It’s always a thrilling time teaching productions and performers an introduction to intimacy basics course!!
I love setting folks up with foundational language and tools for this process and their own personal processes moving forward.”
“For me there is a sense of peace, preparedness, and excitement that comes from having all of my kit essentials well stocked and organized.
Keeping everything organized and accessible makes prepping my kit before going to set a lot easier.
Part of my closure practice is the loading and unloading of my kit.”
As you can see, there is a lot of equipment and supplies involved in training sessions!
The Affolter Brothers
What’s a 10-letter word for activism? CROSSWORDS!
We were thrilled to provide animation and graphics for Lake Tide Media Inc. and their fantastic documentary ACROSS AND DOWN, about the fight to improve representation in the world of crosswords!
The documentary premiered Friday October 28 at 9pm on CBC – check out the trailer here!
Our resident fitness expert, personal trainer and stunt man Justin writes:
“A big thanks to this great group of people at the True North Jiu Jitsu Academy!”
Justin is in the bottom row, second from the left. This is one group of people you do not want to mess with! Stunt people are a tough breed!
Eugene’s latest movie An Amish Sin is now available to watch online, in case you missed the TV premiere! Eugene plays the delightfully creepy bishop of the Amish community. Eugene does creepy extremely well!!
The movie also stars our friend Troy Mundle.
Robert Irvine from Chef Irvine Magazine writes:
“We sat down with Troy Mundle, who scored a breakthrough role in the hit Predator prequel PREY, and is now hitting the festival circuit with his own film My Name Is, about the plight of PTSD amongst combat veterans.”
Click here to read the interview, it’s a good one! There are lots of photos and in-depth answers to questions, as well as Troy’s workout routine. Check it out!
Halloween wrap-up!! Get your Spooky Season on with a marathon of Netflix’s The Imperfects! Heather M chats with series co-creator Dennis Heaton about the new genre comedy for TVGoodness. Read it here!
Here’s a short excerpt:
Heaton’s series have a very specific tone and humor, and while they veer into dark territory, they are seeded in humor and they never linger on cruelty. He credits his family with helping him nail that balance. “In certain situations, I’ve always had a very macabre sense of humor, going back to my youth, and it’s definitely something that I got from my parents who were both, and I say this with love, very cynical people with very dark senses of humor. And they passed that onto us as a family,” he says.
Unfortunately, there’s heartbreak ahead. Dennis writes:
“Sadly, Got the bad news today before the announcement came down the pipe that The Imperfects isn’t getting a second season. We had an amazing cast and crew and a ton of fun making the show. Thanks to everyone who checked it out.”
Fans of the series were devastated. Few TV shows make it past their first season, so while this case is the rule rather than the exception, it doesn’t help those who grew to love the characters and storyline. Read more about their reactions here.
Thinking about upgrading your cabinets? Even Better Painting owner Eric talks about the benefits and process of painting your kitchen cabinets instead of fully replacing them! Call 604-359-7979 or visit ebpainting.ca for a free quote!
In his spare time Eric does a lot of charity work; recently he helped build two houses in Mexico!
Click on the screen cap to watch a short video clip with Eric’s advice feature!
David’s new CD is on its way!
Entitled Dave’s Day in Manhattan it contains a collection of original music based on his experiences living, working and teaching in the heart of New York City.
We’ll keep you posted on when it’s available for download. It will be the perfect gift for the music lover in your life!
From the Haven Acting Studio Instagram feed:
“An honor and a delight to meet with George and Brad Takei in NYC to discuss collaborating on new TV series, currently in development, created by Ben and Jen.”
Hiro Kanagawa posted on October 23:
“Such a pleasure to MC the Nikkei Place Legacy Gala this eve w fellow thespian Jen Spence, celebrating and honoring our Japanese Canadian heritage.”
Jen and Ben visited New York City where they saw a performance of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson with Samuel L. Jackson.
Jen has a new headshot!
Jen writes about her new headshot:
“I SO did not wake up like this. Thank you Karolina Turek for putting me at ease with your beautiful energy whilst PMS raged inside me. You and Kym of Swank Makeup are alchemists! And Happy Halloween everybody! I don’t have a costume but I AM eating all the chocolate.”
The Klam will be at Collectors Night Out on November 30th in San Bernardino, so here’s your chance to meet him in person, West Coast! Peter is a fantastic con guest, he’s personable and funny and just an all-around great guy, so don’t miss it!
“Coming to you San Bernardino! See you at the end of the month!”
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend (and frequent Louis photo supplier) Jackie has an Instagram feed 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!
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Try my warm and comforting Shepherd’s pie recipe. It’s packed with healthy ingredients and loaded with flavor! Happy cooking friends!
1 cup brown lentils
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/3 cup diced onion
2-3 minced garlic
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup peas
1 cup corn
1 carton of organic vegetable broth
1/4 cup red cooking wine
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (GF)
1/4 cup tomato paste
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp Herbs de Provence seasoning
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic and onion seasoning
1/4 tsp thyme
2 large russet potatoes
1-2 tbsp vegan butter to taste
Splash of dairy free milk
- Heat a sauté pan over medium high and add oil, once hot add onions and pinch of salt, sauté for two minutes. Add garlic and stir.
- Add lentils and stir to combine.
- Add two cups of veggie broth and stir.
- Raise the heat and add carrots, peas and corn. Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer.
- Add your spices and stir.
- Add the tomatoe paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
- Cover and simmer until broth has loads absorbed.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Peel and dice potatoes.
- Uncover lentils, stir and add two more cups of broth.
- Cover and simmer until lentils are completely cooked. You may need to add more broth.
- Add your potatoes to the boiling water.
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Once lentils are cooked, pour into a casserole dish.
- When potatoes are cooked, strain and add to a large mixing bowl. Add butter and splash of milk. Smash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon the potatoes over the lentils and smooth them out evenly.
- Use a fork to make a design on the top so that it comes out nice and crispy when you set it on broil.
- Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
- Cover the casserole dish and bake in the oven for 20 mins.
- Uncover and set oven to broil. Brown the potato layer for roughly 5 mins.
- Serve and enjoy!
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:
“Gala is so enjoying Emily Carr University. She makes some amazing works of art. So of course this time we will be submitting one of her latest projects.
This is a piece titled “creature”.
It’s about how so many people have strayed so far away from our roots, in nature and our connection to the environment around us.
This piece highlights a creature we can’t make or recognize, as it’s unrepresentative of what we are, we aren’t wild anymore, we aren’t made from the earth, we have evolved to be something else.”
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