The best thing about the 20th of the month is that a new Ferreira Fest goes live! We gather here in our little corner of the internet and check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. This month we wrap up this year’s Birthday Project; we have a bunch of news, our exclusive Reading Series, Urban Angel screen caps and a brand new recipe for everyone to try. The days are getting longer in the Northern hemisphere and Spring has begun in some places, so grab a refreshing drink (or a cozy hot one, depending on your location) at our virtual bar, and come on in!
THE 2023 BIRTHDAY PROJECT WRAP-UP
Louis received the recipe box with everyone’s birthday wishes (and a surprising amount of actual food recipes).
Thanks to everyone’s participation we were able to raise enough money to provide a month’s worth of meals for an elder homeless man at Haven Toronto.
Want to give more food for this great cause? Click here – there’s something for every budget!
Jackie posted a lovely birthday collage of precious moments of her and Louis.
If you missed this year’s Birthday Project – no worries! We’ll have another one starting at the end of this year so stay tuned!
What is Ability Online? Learn more about this safe and supportive peer-to-peer online social platform divided into distinct communities (Kids & Teens, Young Adults, Parents, and Professionals)!
Here are their Core Values:
We welcome children/youth with all kinds of disabilities, illnesses, or other life challenges to be a part of our online community. We also have separate sections for parents and professionals who work with these children.
Our program is available 24/7 from any device with Internet access. The site itself tries to accommodate children of all abilities, allowing for access with specialized technology and/or software.
Membership and access to the member pages is free. We recognize that our families have many financial demands and we want to be able to include everyone regardless of their financial status.
Safe & Protective
Through our safety policies and practices we provide a monitored and supportive online experience. All members are screened prior to being granted full access, and all personal data provided during registration is confidential. We also have zero tolerance for bullying and will restrict/remove member access if required.
We work closely with community partners, content specialists and our members to ensure that our content truly addresses member needs. Moreover, the community collaborations allow us to work together with our partners to reach more members, provide greater impact, and serve as a resource for their clients/service offerings.
Web Communities such as this one need funds to operate. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support their lifeline for kids who may not have other ways of socializing in a safe, bully-free environment, and click on the logo below.
Haven Toronto is a drop-in center where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, where they can form & cultivate friendships and become part of a community.
Foot For Thought: The Importance Of Foot Health
A big problem for elder homeless men is shoes that are too small. Over 40% of homeless men wear shoes that do not fit, that are more than one size too large or too small for their feet. This leads to even bigger problems with serious consequences.
Read more about it here!
You can help by donating a pair of shoes or other supplies using the Shop and Share site!
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
In 2022, teams from across the globe came together with an idea to raise awareness of child welfare issues and find support for children, young people and families involved in the system. The band The Wiggles were planning to tour across Canada with the brand new Yellow Wiggle, Tsehay – who herself experienced the child welfare system. Seeing an opportunity to bring our communities together, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and first voice advocates partnered with The Wiggles to write a children’s book called Something in Common. The goal? Help readers learn about concepts like child welfare, kinship care, foster care, group homes, and adoption – and how they can support those affected.
The Something in Common project was a huge effort from so many people and we wanted to share some behind-the-scenes photos and stories. Read more here. Then download the free book! Every download generates a donation on your behalf so please share the link with all your friends and family!
Please consider helping kids in foster care get a good start in life when they age out of the system by making a donation – every penny helps! Click on the logo below to give.
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the rest of the month! The Shooter festival continues unabated!
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.
March 20, 5:55pm on SHO
March 21, 12:30pm on FLIXe
March 22, 12:20pm and 11:30pm on SHOe
March 25, 3:20pm SHOe
March 27, 3:45pm FLIXe
March 28, 4:15pm SHOe
March 30, 4:15pm FLIXe
April 1, 3:00am SHO
Check here every week for current TV airings!
Victor is angered to discover Marrone is passing counterfeit money on the street. But Marrone has been coerced into it by the bent cops, White and Leduc. Worse, Marrone owes money to a notorious Montreal criminal, Serge Cote. They’re all leaning on him. Victor straightens out his personal life with Christina, who has been ready to cut off their relationship. Victor saves Marrone by enlisting him, unknowingly, into a counterfeit money buy to which Victor tips Drabek. Drabek, hungry for Marrone, makes the bust but catches the cops White and Leduc instead.
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 32: Lost! – A Dog! Part 2 (continued)
… to be continued next month!
Pat heard a bark.
“It’s MR. MUGS! It’s MR. MUGS!”
shouted Pat. “That’s what it is!
Let me out!
LET ME OUT!”
There was Mr. Mugs!
He did look surprised!
Alaina will be at the Basingstoke Comic Con May 19-21 at the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke, UK!
All guests have appeared in one of four shows: Supernatural, Sandman, Umbrella Academy, and Stargate.
Want to know how Alaina keeps in such good shape? You’re in luck, since she’s just posted her current workout routine on her Instagram feed. When you visit, check out her daughter Charley’s amazing gymnastics routines! Like mother like daughter!
Karyn is always eager to pick up new skills!
“Expand and grow always. Standing in gratitude for the opportunity to take North Island College’s micro credential lighting program. Having the opportunity to learn hands on from industry experts has provided me a level of training, experience and mentorship that is one of a kind. Culminating in a two week intensive, working and learning along side folks I would be thrilled to call colleagues (lighting, grip, construction, set deck and PA), equipping my mind, body and spirit to more pathways of story telling.”
The Affolter Brothers
Thomas Affolter is currently directing The Sorrow. Here are some production photos and comments from his colleague David Aboussafy.
“February 18, 2023: first day of production in a very cool Queens Park mansion for The Sorrow directed by Thomas Affolter, from Foreshadow Films in association with my Generativity Productions.
Produced by Nhi Do, who also stars along with an acting legend, and a cast and crew of local all stars, supervised by the mansion’s cat Charlie…”
“G-g-gh-gh-ghosts? Or somethings far worse? It’s getting horrific on the set of Thomas Affolter’s The Sorrow now in production from Foreshadow Films in association with my Generativity Productions, produced by and starring Nhi Do with an acting legend, and made by a killer crew of badasses in the best haunted Victorian mansion in Queen’s Park…”
The Affolters also designed an animated production company logo:
“Thanks to Luchagore Productions for giving us one of the sickest things we have ever animated! Such a pleasure working with your inspiring team!”
Visit their Facebook Page to watch the entire logo!
Mika is a prolific poster of science news and interesting facts and well-written articles and interviews. You can find her work on many different social media platforms:
“I just finished filming a movie three days ago called ‘Bau, Artist at War‘. It stars Emile Hirsh and I play his father. It’s set in the Warsaw Ghetto and the Plaszow concentration camp. True Story.“
Based on the true story of Joseph and Rebecca Bau whose wedding took place in the Plaszow concentration camp during WW2. Bau, Artist at War is a war drama/ love story/ espionage tale that needs to be told in this era where survivors are dying, and the Holocaust is slipping from memory. Using his artistic skills in the camps, Joseph stays alive and helps hundreds to escape. Miraculously, he finds love in the midst of despair, a love that will last a lifetime. Years later, when called to be a key witness in the trial of the brutal Nazi officer who tortured him and killed his father, he is thrust back into vivid memories of the Holocaust. Now, he calls upon this love and resilience of spirit to face the ultimate demon of his past.
When a massive and unpredictable wildfire breaks out in neighboring Drake Country, the Station 42 and Third Rock crews are called to help aid in the rescue efforts.
Patrick is in the new series School Spirits! Click on the screencaps to watch some special features!
Is your Instagram Feed full of cat pictures? Is your capacity for frolicking felines infinite?
Here’s another account to follow: Estie is Sawyer’s cat, and like so many internet-savvy kitties she has her own Instagram account.
Cat lovers unite!
Eric’s painting company Even Better Painting is gearing up for a busy time:
“The sun is out and exterior painting season is just around the corner! If you have an exterior project we can help with, give us a call for a free quote. We can’t wait to hear about your project!”
Check out this Instagram post here!
Justin has shared a new poem – click on the thumbnail image to read it.
As always, his poetry is intended for mature readers. Our younger friends should go here instead!
Rob has posted a photo of himself with a seriously studly motorcycle…
“There was a time.
This was the place.
What a time and place it was.”
(That mohawk, tho…)
Peter had a case of nostalgia recently.
“Just re-watched the full 2 Seasons of Stargate Universe.
I am biased… but that was a DAMN good show!
Proud to have been a part of it and proud to have worked with such great people.
No April Fool’s joke! Peter will be a guest at Gem State Comic Con at Idaho Expo, April 1-2. As many of you know, Peter is an absolute riot at cons, delighting audiences with live voice acting and hilarious stories!
Peter was a guest at Comic Conroe recently, and being a big Star Wars fan he found plenty of opportunities to be a fanboy. Here is the proof…
Bradley attended the Sundance Film Festival. He recently worked on the independent film Magazine Dreams and was happy to support his colleagues there.
“A truly amazing night at Sundance Film Festival! Jonathan Majors stuns us all in Magazine Dreams… Grateful to be part of such powerful storytelling!”
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!
“If pasta is your weakness like it is mine, then this Mediterranean style pasta will really hit the spot!
Happy cooking friends!”
1 box of Jovial gluten free pasta
4-5 Roma tomatoes, small diced
1/2 cup red onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup artichokes, chopped
1/2 cup peas or to taste
2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup basil or to taste, chopped for garnish
1/3 cup olives, chopped (optional)
Handful of spinach or more
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 tbsp mixed dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Nutritional yeast to taste (optional)
- Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add a sprinkle of salt and add the pasta. Cook as per package.
- Heat a sauté pan on medium and add grapeseed oil.
- Once hot, add the onions and sauté until translucent.
- Add garlic and mix for a few more minutes.
- Add Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, sun dried tomatoes, peas and spices. Mixed to combine, cook on a high and then lower to simmer.
- Add spinach.
- Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauté pan. Mix to combine.
- Serve with chopped basil and nutritional yeast. Enjoy!
ODDS AND ENDS
BLOOD & DONUTS
Excerpt from: 5 Deep Cut Horror Movies to Seek Out in March 2023
BLOOD & DONUTS – directed by Holly Dale
Boya (Gordon Currie), a vampire who’s been asleep since 1969, wakes up from his slumber after a stray golf ball lands in his lair and knocks him out of bed. He doesn’t have time to be fascinated by all the technological advances or cultural changes in this new age because an ex (Fiona Reid) has sensed his return and is now coming after him. Meanwhile, Boya befriends a donut shop employee and a taxi driver (Helene Clarkson and Louis Ferreira). He protects them from two scoundrels working for a local crime boss (David Cronenberg).
Blood & Donuts was Holly Dale’s first narrative film after sticking to documentaries. This charming vampire tale isn’t the slightest bit scary, but the characters are likable and the performances are colorful. It’s a great example of low-budget Canadian filmmaking. This could have easily continued on as a television series.
Blood & Donuts is currently streaming on Roku.
DAWN OF THE DEAD
Sarah played Ana, the wife of Louis’ character (Luis) in Dawn of the Dead, and while their screen time together at the beginning of the movie is limited it includes some absolutely beautiful scenes which make the horror that follows all the more heartbreaking.
ENCORE PLUS DISCONTINUED ON YOUTUBE
From the Canada Media Fund Website:
For Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) launched a pilot project to curate, restore, and digitize treasured Canadian audiovisual content and make it available to audiences at home and around the world through a YouTube channel. Encore+ was born.
With the help of many industry partners, the CMF team unearthed Canadian gems buried in analog catalogues. Once discovered, we worked to secure permissions and required rights and collaborate with third parties to digitize the works, including an invaluable partnership with Deluxe Canada that covered 40 per cent of the digitization costs. The new, high-quality digital masters were made available to the rights holders and released to the public on the Encore+ YouTube channel in English and French.
The success of the Encore+ pilot project was made possible through a collaborative effort between CMF teams and the industry (Telefilm, unions and guilds, producers, creators, distributors, etc). In total, the project helped preserve our cultural heritage by digitizing and restoring over 3,000 pieces of content that directly contributed to Canada’s audiovisual legacy. In addition, the project resulted in some global sales of the newly digitized Canadian content, new opportunities for fans to see older works that had not been available online, and renewed interest in the content and creators that the CMF (and former CTF) proudly funded.
After five years of contributing to the ongoing digitization of Canadian classics, the CMF has decided to end the Encore+ pilot project on YouTube.
It’s important to note that this is not the end of this content. We are exploring many other avenues, including possible new platforms and partnerships with festivals and non-profit organizations. As the entertainment and cultural landscape continues to evolve, and with new platforms gaining ground every day, we are confident that Canadian producers and distributors will find new homes for digitized legacy content.
Let’s hope that other avenues will open up for Urban Angel and other classic series! In the meantime you can find links to screen caps from Louis’ early-career works on our Screen Caps Page.
And that, dear Friends, is about it for this month! Thanks for visiting often! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the Louis news you can handle and TV reminders!
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