Fall is here with a promise of cooler temperatures and pumpkin-spice-everything, and we gather for another Ferreira Fest and check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and charities. We have all the Leo Awards news, our exclusive Reading Series, a new recipe from Jackie and so much more! Grab a pumpkin spice latte at our virtual bar and come on in!
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There are three pillars on which Haven Toronto’s success is built, and they are reducing barriers to food security, health care and housing. Record levels of client engagement in 2022 remind us of just how vital these supports are. A spike in the number of new clients reinforces that the need has never been greater.
Our monthly intake of new clients in 2022 was up 69% versus pre-pandemic numbers (2019). Compare that with the 2% to 3% percent increase in new clients that we historically experience year-over- year.
Poverty and homelessness are at crisis levels.
An internal survey last November revealed that 98% of clients partake in our Healthy Meals program. This is important as food is a gateway to other supports. Last year, we served over 83,000 meals, up over 100 percent compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
When clients come for a hot meal, we use that opportunity to get them in front of nurses and counsellors.
In 2022, our nurses and counsellors provided 19% more supports than the previous year. Housing and mental health supports were up 10%, and our foot clinic helped almost 7 times more clients.
Our ability to meet the growing need for support is made possible through donations. We are grateful for your support and we see, first-hand, the difference your donation makes. At the Shop & Share Site anything you purchase online goes directly to an elder homeless man in need – no middle man required – and there’s something for every budget!
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The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Stand Up For Kids Night with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Stand Up For Kids Night is an evening to honor resiliency and achievements, impact, and commitment. This year’s event was held on Wednesday September 13, 2023. Stand Up for Kids Night is an evening to honor the achievements of the youth people we support and to thank our dedicated donors and volunteers.
Always an affair to remember, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair is an evening of elegance and inspiration in support of families, children, and youth whose lives have been involved in the child welfare system. This exclusive, black-tie event brings together like-minded philanthropists and leaders from across the country who believe, as we do, that all kids deserve a chance to live their dreams, to heal, to hope, and to thrive.
This year the Foundation is collaborating with The Indigenous Spirit Fund at the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to produce the Gala. Looking through the lens of Indigenous-Futurism, an artistic movement that imagines what an Indigenous future might look like, we promise an evening of celebration and reflection that honors the richness, perseverance, and dynamism of Indigenous communities – one that supports a brighter future for them and all children who have experienced care. The Foundation Gala has raised over $38.9 million since its inception.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Buy Tickets here!
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Jackie and Louis shared more photos from their summer trip to Europe and adventures in British Columbia!
An official Motive promo photo has surfaced on the web. It’s from the promotional Season 1 Agency photos that are customarily taken every season for official press releases or interviews about the show and similar occasions. This particular one has never shown up in a studio release. It shows Roger Cross (Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom), Louis Ferreira (Detective Oscar Vega) and Brendan Penny (Detective Brian Lucas) and dates back to late 2012. The show ran for 4 successful seasons. Read more about it here.
Digital Trends has posted a list of recommendations of shows to watch if you like the new video game Starfield and Louis’ series Stargate Universe made the cut!
“Who wants to go exploring in space? Starfield is finally here and players can find over 1,000 worlds to visit, with new adventures and intrigue. It’s a brand new universe that should keep gamers busy for a long time. Yet if you need to give your hands a rest, there are a few movies and TV shows that may appeal to anyone who loves Starfield.”
Louis Ferreira Shows on Apple TV
If you subscribe to Apple TV you’re in luck – they just picked up a bunch of shows starring none other than our main man Louis! Click the images for the link to watch!
21 Jump Street Episode 502
Back to School
Criminal Minds Episode 418
Recurring Role – 8 episodes
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming weeks:
SYFY: Sept 26, 9:59pm and Sept 27, 10am
STZEN: Sept 28, 12:36am
The terrifying horror franchise continues with this latest installment revolving around an abducted cop and the hunt for a killer who is continuing the deadly legacy of Jigsaw and his protégé. Louis plays lawyer Art Blank.
MOMAXe: Sept 28, 3:40am
David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William Burroughs’ surreal tale of drugs, insects and sex. Louis plays a young employee of an extermination company.
Dawn of the Dead
SYFY: Sept 30, 1am and 4:59pm
Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a group of people who has taken refuge in a shopping mall in this suspenseful and stylized remake of George Romero’s 1979 classic. Louis plays the husband of the main character.
Check here every week for current TV airings!
Prompted by the Motive agency shot above we have 357 screen caps from the first season episode 108 Undertow. Louis plays homicide detective Oscar Vega.
The killer: Charles Stanwyck, a building contractor. The victim: Taylor Hollis, a post-graduate student who dealt drugs on the side. Taylor had blunt force trauma to the head, but was killed by asphyxiation from what looks to be a plastic bag held over his head. Homicide believes his death may have something to do with his relationship to one of his former students, Sunita Rand. Sunny is engaged in what will be an arranged marriage, but eventually admits that she and Taylor were in love. Her father, Vijay, becomes a suspect. Further evidence points to Taylor having been in the vicinity of the restaurant just prior to his death, at a time when Charles, the contractor, would have been there. However, Homicide can’t tie Charles to Taylor’s murder. They may have to dig a little deeper into Charles’ life to find his motive. (adapted from IMDb)
Here is a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SuSEx98Foaw7jzF8eDtOlDQeQy8BGIww?usp=drive_link
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! – Part 2 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, and you can read and listen to the first half of this book here. https://www.louisferreira.org/the-4th-reading-series/
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 38: Fun At School (continued)
… to be continued next month!
Pat saw some tigers there too.
When he went by they made some angry sounds.
Don’t look at me like that, Tiger.
Why can’t you be happy?
The chattering monkeys are.
I don’t think you like me!
Are you always so angry?
It’s a good thing you’re on the inside.
Your baby tigers love to tumble and play.
Don’t you? I guess not.
Good-bye. I’m going!
Alaina joined the picket lines for the ongoing SAG/ AFTRA strike to support her union.
Here she is with a bunch of colleagues, friends and supporters.
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The Affolter Brothers
The Affolter Brother’s movie Across And Down received 4 nominations in the Short Documentary category at this year’s Leo Awards (Program/ Cinematography/ Picture Editing/ Sound) and won the awards for Best Program and Best Sound!
Greyston won the Leo Award for Best Male Lead Performance in a Television Movie for his work on House Of Chains.
This movie has the unique distinction of having been the first production done after the COVID shut downs.
Mika is the administrator for MinCup 2023! If you share Mika’s love for rocks, minerals and all things geology, check out the currently ongoing competition! Anyone can participate and vote for their favorite mineral, it’s easy and means clicking on one mineral per day! You can always look them up and decide by which one you like better, or join the impassioned battle of wits by rooting for your favorite rock! Check it out and vote once per day!
Eugene’s recent movie An Amish Sin received 6 nominations in the Leo Awards (Program/ Screenwriting/ Cinematography/ Musical Score/ Female Supporting Performance/ Female Lead Performance) and won the Awards for Best Program and Best Cinematography in the Television Movie category.
Eugene played the delightfully creepy Bishop. Our friend Troy Mundle also starred in the movie. Congratulations to both!
Troy’s Star Wars-based film series Bucketheads received 5 nominations in the Short Drama category (Program/ Visual Effects/ Sound/ Production Design/ Costume Design) and took home the award for Best Production Design!
Troy plays the lead character Torin Sereta, a Storm Trooper whose conscience gets in the way of his vocation.
Dennis’ latest series The Imperfects received 4 nominations at the Leo Awards – two for Costume Design and two for Female Lead Performance in the Dramatic Series category.
Congratulations to the whole team!
Sawyer visited with Louis and Jackie for some quality family time!
Eric’s painting company EBPainting has posted several amazing Before-and-After shots of recent projects. If you live in the Greater Vancouver area and need an indoor or outdoor paint job done, check them out! And with the holidays approaching faster than anyone would like, keep in mind that they also install outdoor holiday lighting!
Check out how a fresh coat of blue paint revitalized this home’s charm! We still have a few openings for exterior painting projects this summer. Give us a call at 604-359-7979 for a free quote!
This was one of our largest projects of the summer so far! The walls of this industrial complex were in need of a refresh, with vandalism, dirt, and grime coating the exterior of the building. We loved working on this project!
We refreshed this exterior with Benjamin Moore in the color Normandy, and we love how it turned out! We still have a few openings for exterior projects before we say goodbye to summer, get in touch with us at 604-359-7979 for a free quote!
There’s 45 years between these two pictures. Too much living to try and encapsulate in one caption but to my 10 year old self I’d say “you did great baby girl. You didn’t have a lot of guidance but you found your way to all the right answers.”
And to my 55 year old self, I say “Congratulations lady, you’re on fire! You persisted to forge a creative and fulfilling life. Your friends and family are dynamite and the best is yet to come”.
Truly, I’m so electrified by this time of life. Age is only a number and I will never let it define or limit my enthusiasm for life.
At 55 I’ve been through the hard knocks and I’m still shining because I’m a fighter and resilient and I have a sensitive and expansive heart. The spark that that little girl had is magnified tenfold by wisdom and experience and as long as I have the privilege of walking this earth I will continue to encourage the spark to grow. There is no limitation to how much we can learn and grow and share and give.
Keep going. Keep living. Keep expanding.
Ingrid (then and now)
Peter is currently making the rounds on the Convention Circuit. Check the guest list on your local area Comic Con and check if he’s going to be in attendance. Peter is absolutely worth meeting – he’s a hilarious speaker who loves making up different voices on the spot, to the audience’s delight! Here are some of his most recent cons.
Bradley was the big winner at this year’s Leo Awards! Both he and his wife Caitlin were also presenters at the ceremony.
Bradley and Caitlin won the Leo Award for Best Male/ Best Female Lead Actor in a Motion Picture for Sheltering Season.
Bradley was also nominated for Best Male Lead Actor in a motion picture for Crawlspace.
Bradley was nominated for Best Supporting Performance – Male for his role in the series Devil In Ohio.
In addition, his newest movie How She Caught a Killer premiered on Saturday September 16 on LifeTime! Check your local listings for encores, and find out here how to stream it online. Sheltering Season, the movie Bradley wrote, directed, and acted in, is on Tubi and Prime Video in the US, and it had a total of 7 nominations and 2 wins at the Leo Awards. Our friend Patrick Gilmore was also nominated for Best Supporting Male Performance in the Motion Picture category for his outstanding work on the movie. Bradley’s movies Mercy and Crawlspace are on Paramount Plus in the US. Congrats on all your recent successes, Bradley!!
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend Jackie has an Instagram feed for sharing her culinary creations. Every month she contributes a recipe you can all try out, knowing that the result will be both nutritious and delicious!
“These bright and tangy fresh lemon curd tarts are made with lemons that were picked right from our yard. If you love lemons then this is a must try. Happy baking friends!”
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup almond flour
3 medjool dates
2 tsp coconut oil at room temperature
Preheat oven to 350F.
Soak your dates in hot water for 5 minutes to soften.
Add the GF oats, almond flour, dates, and coconut oil to a food processor. Process for 15 to 30 seconds to blend. Test the mixture by pressing it between your fingers, it should hold together well.
Prepare your mini tart pans. Scoop an equal amount of crumb into your pans and press the crumb into them.
Bake tarts for 5 mins.
Lemon Curd Ingredients:
1 cup full fat coconut Milk. (Use the thick white coconut)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup granulated cane sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp vegan butter
Sprinkle of turmeric for color
1/8 tsp sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to a small pot and heat over medium, whisking frequently until the mixture thickens.
Remove from heat.
If you can still see little chunks of cornstarch, use an immersion blender and blend in the pot until smooth. It should be quite thick at this point.
Spread warm lemon curd filling into the mini tart pans. Chill in the fridge until the lemon curd is cool and firm.
ODDS AND ENDS
If you liked the jacket Louis’ character wore in Breaking Bad you’re in luck – you can purchase an exact replica of the jacket now.
Louis played Declan in three Season 5 episodes of the hit series – Buyout, Say My Name and Buried.
See Screen caps of those episodes here.
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