Welcome! Fall is most definitely here in the Northern Hemisphere, and as the days are growing colder and the leaves turn colors we gather in our little corner of the internet to check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. We have lots of news to share, as well as some recent photos and video clips, our exclusive Reading Series, screen caps and a new recipe for everyone to try. So grab a bowl of hot onion soup and join us at our cozy chimenea – come on in!
Ability Online is a safe, bully-free online platform for kids and youth with disabilities, and upgrades to the site are ongoing! The MyAbility.ca Youth platform will be launching in October for youth of all abilities between 8 and 17 years of age (parental consent required for children under 13).
Whisky tasting for charity event October 26 2023!
Join us to sample some of the world’s best Scotch whiskies paired with traditional Scottish fare.
Once again, there will also be a live auction of some high-end, exotic whiskies and other fabulous items.
So come join the party and experience Scotland’s best, one wee dram at a time.
Numbers are limited so don’t wait to buy your tickets!
When: Thursday, Oct 26, 2023 6:10 PM
Where: The Caledonian – 856 College St. Toronto
Price: $150 per person – buy tickets here!
Of course you can always make a donation to the general operating fund and make sure vulnerable kids always have a safe place to hang out and socialize. Click on the logo below to help!
Haven Toronto is a daytime shelter serving thousands of elder men impacted by poverty, homelessness, and isolation. They come for a nutritious hot meal and, while they are here, they can meet with our nurses and housing and crisis counsellors – no appointment necessary.
There are thousands of men over the age 50 in shelters in Toronto annually. Hundreds more sleep outdoors and in precarious accommodations. The number of seniors who are homeless has doubled in four years.
Haven Toronto is their sanctuary, a place where they can feel at home, where they are always welcome and treated with dignity and respect.
Open every day from 8am to 4pm, Haven Toronto provides the essential services they need for their day-to-day lives. Haven Toronto provides onsite access to crisis and housing counsellors, on-site nurses, dental hygienists and barbers. Haven Toronto also provides healthy meals twice daily at 8am and noon, clothing, showers, laundry, recreational amenities and more.
If you want to know exactly what your donation will do – try the Haven Toronto Shop & Share Site: anything you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need. No middle man, no mystery!
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 our Focus on Children and Families report, we unpack the findings of a recent Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, which found that 90 percent agree that we should be doing more to help children live at home with their families and prevent them from entering care. The poll also found that:
- Two-thirds of Canadians personally know families that are struggling.
- 86 percent of Canadians agree that proven early intervention programs should be carried out no matter the cost if it means keeping children safe at home with their families.
- 63 percent believe that families at risk can be helped at home by providing counselling for mental health concerns, substance use or to address trauma.
There are 300,000 children at-risk of entering the government’s child welfare system due to complicated issues or circumstances that make it difficult for their families to care for them. Poverty is a leading factor contributing to family instability, with low-income households more likely to experience food insecurity, mental health challenges, addiction, and domestic abuse. But with the support of our community of partners, donors and supporters, the Foundation is providing high-impact programs and funds that help families get the resources and support they need to keep their kids safe at home.
We are asking supporters to sign a pledge to say that they care about strengthening families. These allies will be provided with information and resources to learn more about how the Foundation is helping families thrive, and how they can support our mission of helping children and youth at-risk of entering the child welfare system.
Indigenous communities across Canada continue to grapple with intergenerational trauma as a result of systemic discrimination, racism and barriers to success. For Indigenous youth transitioning out of the child welfare system, this trauma is further compounded by the uncertainties and challenges they face. In partnership with the Conference Board of Canada and powered by RBC Foundation through RBC Future Launch, we present “Empowering Indigenous Youth in Care as They Transition to Adulthood,” a study which delves into the ongoing impact of the residential school system and highlights the need for investments in education and mental health to help Indigenous youth achieve better outcomes in adulthood.
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!
You can always read the latest news here, and if you can’t attend the gala you can make a donation by clicking on the logo below.
“How was this masterpiece of a final season created? Especially when Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has made it clear there was never a grand plan, defying the myth that art must be planned as carefully as architecture or cuisine.
By speaking with Gilligan, interviewing several of his colleagues, and scouring for every glimpse behind the scenes possible, we’re here to tell the story of how the fifth season of Breaking Bad was refined to crystal blue purity.”
Read the entire article and interview here!
It’s the franchise that just won’t die: whenever a new instalment in the SAW horror series is released, earlier parts of the story get their fair share of attention, and that includes the especially twisted plot of SAW IV, in which Louis played lawyer Art Blank. A brief flashback of this story is also shown in SAW V.
Read a new article on the movie here.
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming weeks:
Dawn of the Dead – SYFY
October 26, 6am
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.
See screen caps here!
SYFY – Oct 26, 5:30pm
STZEN – Oct 27, 11pm
STARZ – Oct 28, 2:29am
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. See screen caps here!
Check here every week for current TV airings!
In honor of The Affolter Brothers’ latest achievements (scroll down to read more) we have over 350 screen caps of their 2017 short film The Undertaker’s Son, starring Louis as Johnathan Redding. Our friend Karyn Mott was also in the movie. You can read an interview with the Affolter Brothers and see lots of production photos of the movie in Ferreira Fest 88. You can watch the movie trailer here.
Despite his desire to do anything but, Christopher Redding is attending work with his father for the first time to learn the macabre family business of undertaking. When the duo is faced with a tragic death, Christopher is pushed to his breaking point revealing a deeper conflict that simmers just below the surface.
Set in a small frontier town circa 1867, this short Western examines the lives that are affected after the infamous gunfights, shootouts, and robberies so often depicted within the beloved genre. This film explores the idea that in destruction there can be creation, and in death, there can be beauty.
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the image below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KvP5koqwH1KMdz_43JCSbbJ9Yq4SodSo?usp=sharing
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Louis and Jackie went to the Paint El Paseo Pink Walk to Fight Breast Cancer last week.
Jackie shared some photos and two short video clips.
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 39: Fun At School (continued)
… to be continued next month!
the big giraffe
looking at him.
He liked the big giraffe.
What’s it like away up there?
What a long neck!
What do you do with it, giraffe?
How do you go in and out
of your house?
Is your neck always that long?
With a long neck like that,
what can you do?
Here’s a peanut butter
sandwich. Want it?
Pat was looking up
at the giraffe . . .
and thinking . . .
THEN! . . .
Alaina’s comic book Agent Mom is now available on Amazon!
Taylor Jane has it all – a mom and homemaker by day, and a daring agent for secret agency S.E.C.U.R.E by night, it’s a juggling act that can threaten to unravel at any moment, especially with a teenage hacker daughter, a believed dead boyfriend returning, a brand new, billion-dollar AI-based super-suit and a boss, “The Brigadier,” who looks to have been around since 1776, and the American War of Independence. But when bored billionaire Samuel DuPont decides to make a play for the Brigadier and all he owns, Taylor and her cutting-edge suit finds herself – and her family – in his crosshairs. With S.E.C.U.R.E under investigation, and with DuPont’s plan of world domination coming to fruition, it’s up to Taylor, her friends and her family to stop him – but at what cost?
Created by fan-favorite genre TV superstar Alaina Huffman (Stargate: Universe, Riverdale, Supernatural, The 100) and written by New York Times #1 Bestselling comic writer Tony Lee (X-Men, Doctor Who, Superboy), drawn by acclaimed artist Dan Boultwood (Warhammer 40k, Chu) and colored by Ciaran Lucas, Agent Mom was a stand-out hit through MTV Comics in the 2010s. Now, collected together for the first time, you can read Agent Mom as it was created to be read, including behind-the-scenes details of the creation of the project from Alaina herself, and never-seen-before concept designs that were never used in the project!
Karyn is an Intimacy Coordinator with Principal Intimacy Professionals. Intimacy coordinators are intimacy professionals who work on film, television, and performance capture projects. Karyn shared another great infographic on topics she deals with on the job.
Working with non-binary folks
“As a non-binary performer, this post means a lot to me. I am proud of our team and our commitment.
Regardless of your pronouns, you should feel is respected as your fellow cast members and crew.
Did you know that? SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Training is a qualification requirement listed in SAG-AFTRA’s qualifications for ICsresource?
I hope all humans can take the time to learn how to best support each other. It’s about community, connection and camaraderie to tell a story.”
The Affolter Brothers
Foreshadow Films, a.k.a. the Affolter Brothers, have two new hit films in circulation!
“JEFFREY takes home BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION, BEST ART, and the coveted Bruce Blain Memorial AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD!
Shout out to Run’n’Gun’s entire amazing team, and our own Jeffrey team – who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this kind monster movie.”
“The World Premiere of our horror film The Sorrow is coming to the Vancouver Asian Film Festival y’all! Get your tickets now!
So proud to be premiering among so many other amazing films and storytellers!!”
Our friend Justin is a certified personal trainer and stunt man in film and television.
Click on the screen cap to watch him kick the daylights out of a punching bag at the gym.
You definitely don’t want to get on his bad side!
Follow his workout adventures on his Instagram Feed!
Our friend Greyston who played the son of Louis’ character in Durham County is not only a talented actor but also a very gifted photographer. His home on Salt Spring Island provides him with endless inspiration for beautiful vistas.
Visit his Instagram Feed to see more of his photos!
Back by popular demand! Stargate Science Consultant Mika McKinnon and actor David Hewlett returned live to discuss real-life and theoretical Stargate science on Dial The Gate!
Stand by for a video link of the event next month.
WGC member Dennis Heaton and special guests joined The Backbench’s Mattea Roach for a live podcast taping exploring Bill C-11, the challenges of filmmaking in Canada, and the struggle against the dominance of industry giants.
Listen to it here.
Dennis Heaton is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and Showrunner renowned for his deft balance of comedy and the macabre, as showcased in his cult classic zombie movie Fido (2006). Premiering the same year, Heaton’s short film Head Shot – the story of a failed actor fighting for a part in a snuff film – went on to win accolades at festivals around the world, including the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Heaton then served as head-writer and Showrunner on such hits as Call Me Fitz and Motive before going on to create the young adult horror-comedy series The Order for Netflix. The global success of The Order led directly to Heaton’s second series for Netflix, The Imperfects.
Make no mistake about it, our policy makers and politicians can crucially impact the art we make, who gets to make it, and the culture we consume. Good policy can create a thriving, diverse culture — and bad policy can destroy it. Mattea Roach joined Matt Hatfield, Haydn Wazelle, Karen Lam, and Dennis Heaton for an unforgettable podcast taping with the Vancouver International Film Festival at the Rio Threatre. They explored the contentious Bill C-11 (Online Streaming Act) and its potential to disrupt the status quo, and the hot strike summer the media industry is having this year.
Eric’s company EB Painting is keeping busy, and after we watched Justin Breault kick a punching bag, let’s see how those Vancouver gyms are kept in great shape!
“We’ve been working many nights at the Equinox gym downtown Vancouver. Being a luxury gym, they need to keep the facilities looking fresh. We generally work over night so the gym does not have to shut down and bother the staff and customers. We’ve repaired drywall, repainted ceilings and walls, re-painted workout machines, re-siliconed the showers and even repaired wall paper. We love working with our commercial customers to keep their properties looking new and holding up their brand.”
David is living the dream composing music for video games in New York.
He shared a photo of his setup – his Throne of Productivity, as he calls it.
What an awesome work station!
Listen to David’s music here.
“Sound on for this one cause it’s from the heart… plus it took me hourrrs to make! 🤪
Living in truth and authentically has been so empowering and liberating for me. I was hiding for a long time and I’m so relieved to let go into who I truly am and share what I believe.
If you’re hiding behind anyone or anything in life, I encourage you to let go and see how it feels to stand in your power.
And I wanna say thank you to this incredible age- positive community that I’m finding my way to. Thanks for your inspiration and support. You were the catalyst for me sharing my age publicly, so thank you!!”
These inspiring words are from a beautiful video Ingrid made of her aging process. Click here or on one of her portraits above to watch it. It’s truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Ingrid!
“In case you thought you heard a familiar voice…you were correct!
I voice “Geo” in “Ninjago:Dragons Rising” now on Netflix!
I think I look pretty damn cool BTW!”
Here you can see Peter’s setup at a convention. He has all kinds of cool merch from shows he’s been on at his “KLAM Table”, as he calls it.
Peter Kelamis is well known as Adam Brody from SGU: Stargate Universe. Some of his other appearances on TV were in NCIS, Eureka, The Outer Limits, Sliders, Stargate SG1, Dead Like Me, Fringe and The X-Files. Other Film appearances include Happy Gilmore, Best in Show and Cabin In The Woods. He can be seen in the Comedy-Action Movie Killing Gunther with Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by Taran Killam.
As a voice actor, his work is quite prolific; he was the voice of “Goku” in the original Ocean Dub of Dragon Ball Z, and also voiced Goku in Geneon’s dub of the Dragon Ball Z movies Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and The Tree of Might, as well as early episodes of Westwood Media’s international dub of the series. He also voiced “Rolf” in Ed, Edd n Eddy and he currently can be heard in Beat Bugs on Netflix.
He was also voiced the role of “YODA” in the STAR WARS: LEGO CHRONICLES mini movies. He voices the Pirate, “Vallads”, in Netflix’s Dragon Prince and also “Harold” in Angry Birds: Summer Madness. Look for him in the upcoming Season on Ninjago United. He just completed a Guest Star role on CW’s The Flash. Also keep an eye open for the Feature Film American Dreamer where Peter co-stars opposite Shirley Maclaine and Peter Dinklage.
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!
French Onion Soup
“If you enjoy the flavor of savory onions served with a warm and crusty slice of bread topped with gooey melted cheese than this bowl of heaven is for you! Happy cooking, friends!”
- 3 yellow onions sliced thinly
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tsp parsley
- 1/2 Tsp tyme
- 1/2 Tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 carton of Pacific Foods Organic vegetable broth
- Slice of gluten free bread, number will vary depending on how many bowls you are making.
- Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese for topping.
- Slice the onions thin and mince the garlic.
- In a medium to large pot, heat oil on medium.
- Once hot, add the sliced onions and salt and stir. Add the water and saut
éfor 25-40 minutes over medium heat until the onions are soft. It’s important to stir the onions consistently so they cook evenly and don’t burn.
For even more flavor, cook the onions for 1-2 hours on very low heat until they are a deep brown color.
- Next, add the minced garlic, dried parsley, pepper, and dried thyme to the pot. Saut
éwith the onions for another 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the white wine into the pot followed by the Worcestershire sauce and cook with the onions and garlic for another few minutes.
- Add the veggie broth and stir everything together, bring the soup to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, add lid and cook the soup for another 10 minutes. While the soup is simmering, toast your slices of bread.
- Top each bowl with a slice of toasted bread and a healthy dose of vegan cheese (about 2 Tablespoons per bowl). Then, place the bowls on a baking tray and add to the oven to broil for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is beginning to bubble and brown.
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