The cold season is here in the northern hemisphere while summer is nearing its peak Down Under. Whether you indulge in the fruits of a bountiful harvest or heading to the beach in your flip-flops – bring your laptop and join us for another awesome Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. We have new photos, Urban Angel screen caps, our exclusive Reading Series and a new recipe from Jackie for everyone to try out! So grab a pumpkin spice latte or a slice of pie at our virtual bar and come on in!
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Day of Giving at Haven Toronto – November 28: Winter Clothing Drive
Winter is coming! Please consider donating new or gently used winter clothing. Winter boots, jackets, gloves and warm socks. Collect donations from your colleagues, friends, family members and neighbors and drop them off on November 28th between 8AM-3PM at 170 Jarvis St. Cash donations are also welcome, or click on the image on the right.
Haven Toronto is a daytime center in downtown Toronto providing critical support to homeless and marginally housed elderly men over 50.
Of course you can always 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
Introducing A Safe Plate: Recipes and Stories of Young People from Child Welfare, the new, FREE e-cookbook from the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada!
We’ve partnered with inspiring young people who’ve experienced the child welfare system to create a cookbook full of heartwarming stories and recipes that made wherever they were feel like home. A tribute to the healing power of cooking and storytelling, Jay, RJ, Chelsea, Chanice, Nancy, Jessie-Lynn, Christina, Jada and Lexi have shared their personal narratives and recipes that connect them to a safe place. We created A Safe Plate because we believe in the resilience, strength, and courage of young people from care. Their stories and recipes are a source of inspiration and empowerment. Each dish holds a special significance, from Chanice’s Macaroni Pie to Christina’s “On a Budget” Chili.
For every download, our generous donor the KARE Foundation will donate $5 to support children, youth, and families involved in child welfare.
Download your FREE copy of A Safe Plate by clicking on the poster now. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of young people!
You can always catch up on the latest news here.
Of course you can always donate to the Foundation’s general fund and help Canadian kids in foster care transition successfully into adulthood by providing them with training and equipment. Click on the logo below for the link!
Dawn of the Dead
Below is an excerpt of an article on Insider.com. Read the entire piece here. SPOILER ALERT!!
The 28 best horror movies of all time, from the scariest slashers to mind-bending psychological thrillers
by Libby Torres, Eammon Jacobs, and Caralynn Matassa
Okay, this is an interesting one. Zack Snyder helmed a “Dawn of the Dead” remake in 2005 that takes Romero’s original concept of hiding out in a mall during the apocalypse, and gives it a modern flair.
Because fast zombies had become popular thanks to Boyle’s “28 Days Later,” Snyder’s movie also gives Romero’s undead a speed boost. And once again, it proves that reanimated corpses are much scarier if they can suddenly sprint.
Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” has one of the most shocking and impressive openings to a zombie movie, as Ana (Sarah Polley) wakes up to find a little girl attacking her husband, Luis (Louis Ferreira). He then turns into a zombie near instantly and starts chasing Ana as the rest of their neighborhood descends into carnage.
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming weeks:
Dawn of the Dead – STARZ
Friday November 24, 2:36pm
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.
S.W.A.T. 211: School – WE
Sunday November 26, 3pm
The SWAT team faces difficult reminders of a past school shooting when they receive a warning that a copycat plans to re-enact the crime. As the team races to stop the new threat, they flash back to the day of the tense first mission. Louis plays former SWAT team leader William ‘Buck’ Spivey.
Shooter – PAR
Tuesday 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. Louis plays FBI director Howard Purnell whose allegiance changes in the course of the story.
NCIS 913: A Desperate Man – SUND
Friday December 1, 4pm
A navy lieutenant is murdered, and the team investigates while being interrupted by her husband, who is a detective (Louis Ferreira); and Ray Cruz returns to talk to Ziva about their possible future together.
Check here every week for current TV airings!
This month we have over 750 caps from the Urban Angel Season 2 opener Battered Lives. Louis plays street-wise reporter Victor Torres from the Montreal Tribune. Urban Angel is a Canadian television drama series, which aired on CBC Television from 1991 to 1993. It is based on the memoirs of real-life Canadian journalist Victor Malarek. When Encore Plus re-released the series on YouTube for a limited time Louis did a short greeting as an introduction to Season 2.
Torres is distressed when a battered woman returns to her “remorseful” hubby – only to wind up in the hospital. Haunted by memories of his own violent father, Torres winds up in jail when he angrily explodes at the sexist judge who lets the husband off for a second time.
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the image below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FX71-OK3QloHA1SQthRbjYx4izwMCprw?usp=sharing
Jackie and Louis attended a fundraising rally for the American Heart Association. They’re always ready to support a good cause! Want to join them? Donate here. The life you save may be your own!
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 40: Fun at School (continued)
… To be continued next month!
The giraffe didn’t want
the peanut butter sandwich.
He wanted something else –
and he got it!
The giraffe was laughing.
“That’s what long necks are for,
Can you tumble like the bears?
Can you chatter like the monkeys?
Can you make angry sounds like the tigers?
Our friend Karyn is an On-Set Child Advocate and Intimacy Coordinator with Principal Intimacy Professionals. Intimacy coordinators are intimacy professionals who work on film, television, and performance capture projects.
Karyn has posted more of her great infographics, sharing best practices from her job. Check out her Instagram Feed for many more!
“On Set Child Advocate: I hang with Professional Babies- to ensure smooth storytelling for production and care needs for performers and parents. Hiring me when you have babies on set ensures seamless storytelling and smoother production flow. With expertise in early child development, the neurological development of infants, child and infant first aid, 16 years on set experience and deep knowledge of Union Guidelines, I support mental health wellness for all those involved.”
Other tasks include:
- Frontloading guardians and parents on what to anticipate.
- Guiding actors when working/ holding/ performing with babies.
- Aiding in setting the right mood for baby’s scenes- time, mood, schedule.
- Ensuring the child’s comfort with their co-stars.
- Liaison with departments.
- Assistance with baby regulation.
- Ensuring production captures the perfect shots and has all the footage they need.
Click on the info sheet for an easy to read full size version!
The Affolter Brothers
“WORLD PREMIERE!!! Our feature documentary will have its world premiere at the beloved Whistler Film Festival and we are THRILLED. GET TIX NOW!
Huge thanks to Craig Langdon for producing it with us brothers and believing in this story from day one. All of us brothers are humbled to have had such an amazing team behind – too many to tag but we love you all!
And of course, most of all, to Tyler Pelke who trusted us to tell his phenomenal story.
For anyone coming up to the festival, make sure you put this on your watchlist for Saturday night (or Sunday evening) – it’s an incredible story full of fearless, complex, and truly compelling people.
Can’t wait to share with y’all!!”
Justin is working as a personal trainer and stunt man in the Vancouver film industry.
One of his recent gigs was doing stunts in an episode of Peacemaker. He writes:
“There were no sandwiches left at crafty so I swallowed this entire bird.”
Click on the screen cap and watch the whole scene!
Amanda is a script supervisor working in television. Like most people her livelihood has been severely affected by the recent SAG/ AFTRA strike, but she still considers herself very fortunate.
“I’m currently one of very few working on a Canadian TV series set in Vancouver.
Very lucky I am.
It’s been a very hard few months.”
We’re all hoping productions will resume quickly now that the strike is officially over.
ALLEGIANCE (Premieres Winter 2024, Lark Productions) is a character-driven police procedural about identity and belonging, policing and politics, and finding truth within the heart of a flawed justice system. The drama stars Supinder Wraich as Sabrina Sohal, a star rookie police officer who must grapple with the limits of the justice system as she fights to exonerate her politician father Ajeet Sohal. ALLEGIANCE is the story of a young woman caught between her allegiance to her flag, to her badge, and to her family.
Greyston has been a little quiet lately, but he’s been busy raising his little daughter!
He posted a photo of them enjoying some quality daddy-daughter time near his home on Salt Spring Island.
At Eric’s company Even Better Painting every day (and sometimes night) is a new adventure!
“We recently painted an oil change shop over the long weekend while they were closed. We painted their office, waiting room, and added some safety traffic coating to their oil change pits. Looking sharp!”
The holiday season is upon us, and if you need help getting your house all decked out in lights, call Eric’s newest company EBLights and get a quote on rocking the sparkliest place in the neighborhood. Click on the banner below to check it out!
Peter continues his whirlwind tour of fan conventions, meeting other colleagues and digging up memories!
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!
“This easy to prepare Buddha bowl is a great option for either lunch or dinner. I like to meal prep my veggies and grains and mix and match bowls throughout the week pairing with a choice of hummus or a variety of dressings. Happy cooking, friends!”
- 1 cup of cooked grain of choice. I chose brown rice for this bowl.
- 1/2 a large onion
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- Hummus of choice
- Black and green olives, chopped in half, pits removed.
- Chopped cucumber
- Sliced grape tomatoes
- 1 cup broccoli
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp coconut aminos
Note: Any veggie of choice works great in a buddha bowl. I also like to sprinkle almonds slices or any nut of choice on top.
- Heat a sauté pan on medium to low heat. Add your onion and sauté until they turn translucent and then start to brown and caramelize. Scrape and mix in the brown bits that form on the bottom – this is the good stuff! Add your balsamic vinegar and stir. Set onions aside.
- Using the same pan, add your mushrooms and sauté until the juices start to release. Add a pinch of salt and pepper or any seasoning of choice. Remove and set aside.
- Using the same pan, add your broccoli and coconut aminos, stir and cook on medium high until cooked through.
- Prepare and chop all of your raw veggies of choice.
- Scoop your cooked rice into a bowl. Arrange your cooked veggies followed by your raw ones over the rice. Add your hummus followed by the caramelized onions.
- Mix together and enjoy!
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