Welcome to another year of virtual parties at Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities on the 20th of each month. We have charities, friends and shows news, photos, screen caps of Durham County, our exclusive Reading Series, a new recipe from Jackie and our 2024 Birthday Project. Grab a cup of hot tea and some cookies and a nice bowl of mushroom soup at our virtual bar and come on in!
THE 2024 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Our big Birthday Project for Louis is still happening, but you don’t have a lot of time left!
If you wish to participate please visit the Birthday Project Page and follow the instructions there.
Every birthday wish will generate a donation to Haven Toronto – and it won’t cost you a thing since one of our members is sponsoring the project again.
Questions? Send an email!
For over 30 years, Ability Online has provided a holistic and innovative model of support for helping vulnerable youth and young adults with disabilities or health challenges to reduce social isolation and increase inclusion. Our supportive and safe online community fosters positive attitudes, builds self-esteem, and inspires involvement which contributes to emotional health and wellness.
Students and volunteers are the heart of our program. Email Ability Online if you are interested in learning more.
Please make sure that kids, youth and young adults have a safe, bully-free space online where they can socialize by making a donation – it’s simple and secure, and every penny helps!
Click on the logo below to contribute.
Students from St. Michael’s School Choir brought some holiday cheer to Haven Toronto!
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.
Winters in Toronto are brutal, and finding a safe place during the day is a matter of life or death for unhoused people. When you support Haven Toronto, you are saving lives right now!
Please consider donating 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
Start 2024 off right! As a monthly donor at just $25 a month, you can have a year of impact at The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. For less than a dollar a day each month, you can help children and youth access education and help youth transitioning out of care with employment and housing. By signing up now, your gift will have DOUBLE the impact with Kathryn and Dan Barclay’s generous match.
Together with donors and partners, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is committed to helping children and youth involved with the child welfare system access the resources they need to thrive.
Children and families at risk
Nationwide, almost 300,000 children and youth living with their families are considered at risk of abuse, neglect, or abandonment and are under the close watch of child protection agencies.
Children and youth in government care
59,000 young people across Canada are living in foster homes, institutional settings, or with extended family as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
Youth transitioning out of care
Each year, thousands of youth “age out” of the child welfare system, suddenly confronted with navigating life on their own –– sometimes as young as 18.
Click on the logo below to make a donation or become a monthly supporter!
Louis had a small part in the pilot episode of the upcoming miniseries Shōgun. It will premiere next month on Hulu and FX, so be sure to check your local listings.
Watch the trailer now!
FX’s Shōgun, an original adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel, is set in Japan in the year 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as “Lord Yoshii Toranaga” who is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him.
When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis), comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants. Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line.
While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her and her duty to her late father.
The 10-episode limited series features an acclaimed Japanese cast, unprecedented for an American production, including Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige, a notorious backstabber and close ally of Toranaga; Hiroto Kanai as Kashigi Omi, the young leader of the fishing village where Blackthorne’s ship was found; Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari, a powerful bureaucrat who is Toranaga’s chief rival; Moeka Hoshi as Usami Fuji, a widow who must find new purpose amidst her lord’s fight; Tokuma Nishioka as Toda Hiromatsu, Toranaga’s trusted general and closest friend; Shinnosuke Abe as Buntaro (Toda Hirokatsu), Mariko’s jealous husband; Yuki Kura as Yoshii Nagakado, the brash son of Toranaga with a strong desire to prove himself; Yuka Kouri as Kiku, a courtesan renowned for her artistry throughout Japan; and Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba no Kata, the revered mother of the heir who will stop at nothing to put an end to Toranaga and his threat to her son’s power.
Blood and Donuts
This endearing and unusual take on the classic vampire love story keeps popping up in the genre. Watch the trailer here!
From a recent article:
Fangs, fried dough, and David Cronenberg in crime boss mode
By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, December 22, 2023
The film is about a super sweet vampire called Boya (Gordon Currie) who emerges in the mid-90s after a lengthy period, having been hidden away in a crypt since the ’60s. There’s a fair bit of culture shock as he acclimatizes to the new world, but at a local donut shop, he befriends waitress Molly (Helene Clarkson) and a taxi driver called Earl (Louis Ferreira); the latter is caught up in all kinds of no good business with Cronenberg’s gang boss, Stephen.
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming week:
Shooter – SHO2e
January 20, 7pm
January 21, 3am + 10am
January 23, 12noon + 10pm
January 27, 2pm + 10:30pm – SHO
January 29, 5:55pm – SHO
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.
Naked Lunch – HBO2e
January 22, 3:11am
David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William Burroughs’ surreal tale of drugs, insects and sex. Louis plays a young employee of the extermination company.
Life on the Line – STARZ
January 24, 3:19pm
A crew of electrical workers are thrust into danger when a deadly storm approaches their Texas town. Despite their differences, the team work together in order to keep the power on for their community as the situation worsens.
Louis plays the boss of the company.
NCIS: A Desperate Man – WE
January 27, 1pm
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.
S.W.A.T.: School – WE
January 28, 4pm
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.
Note: the screen caps links will take you to an external storage site on Google.
Check here every week for current TV airings!
We start the new year with Louis’ final episode of Durham County. Louis played the deeply disturbed Ray Prager in the suspenseful series. Our friend Greyston Holt plays his son Ray Jr. Here are 484 screen caps of episode 106 Life in the Doll House.
Ray Prager’s plan to frame Mike Sweeney seems to working. Sweeney is being officially questioned in the death of Nathalie Lacroix and he is forced to tell his colleagues where he was the night Nathalie was killed. He’s also forced to reveal all to Audrey who doesn’t take it well. Prager is still playing with Audrey’s emotions and offers her comfort. The police search the Sweeney house and find the evidence Ray planted. Sadie Sweeney however is convinced that her dad is innocent and convinces Ray Jr. that it’s his father who is responsible. Sadie has a violent encounter with Ray when he catches her snooping around his house.
(summary by garykmcd, IMDb)
Here is a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZmMRAC-v83uC5A7DdWkWtsR-He_gF1Qc?usp=sharing, or click on the screen cap below. Note: the link will take you to an external storage site on Google.
PHOTOS AND CARTOONS
Louis and Jackie shared a Holiday and New Year’s greeting, as well as some photos. Enjoy!
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 42: Georgie Giraffe
The next day Mrs. Cook told a story
about Georgie Giraffe . . .
Georgie didn’t like being a giraffe.
“My neck!” he cried. “It’s too long.
Who wants a neck like this?
A giraffe’s a funny animal to be.
I’m tired of being a giraffe!
I’m tired of this long neck!”
Mr. and Mrs. Giraffe didn’t like
what they heard.
“We like being giraffes,” they said.
… to be continued next month!
“Your neck isn’t too long. I think
it makes you look pretty,” said Mrs. G.
“But Mother!” Georgie cried.
“Look at my long legs!
I can’t get down fast when I want to.
What good are long legs like this?
I’m tired of being a giraffe, Mother.
I want to be a little animal for a change.
A giraffe’s a funny animal to be.”
Mrs. G. wasn’t happy about this.
Alaina visited the Urban Lights exhibit at LACMA, the Loa Angeles County Museum of Art.
As you can see the installation lends itself beautifully to fashion photo shoots!
Visit Alaina’s Instagram feed for more photos!
Karyn has a new Instagram handle: https://www.instagram.com/vancityic. Please update your bookmarks!
Karyn is an intimacy coordinator and proud to be a team member of Principal Intimacy. Intimacy coordinators are intimacy professionals who work on film, television, and performance capture projects. Here is another one of their infographics.
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You have a right to privacy when working on sensitive subject matter like intimacy. Your Intimacy Professional can assist in facilitating a supportive space on set and in the rehearsal room so you can do your best work.
Patrick tried a new sport! He writes:
“Come try Sledge Hockey, Fridays 10-11am at Strathcona County’s Broadmoor Arena starting January 5, 2024!
No cost, though donations are always welcome on their website. (Bring a CSA approved helmet!) You can even organize a game for groups and businesses. They are excited to have people come out, say hi and try something new! Contact Tracy for more info!”
Eric’s company Even Better Painting is keeping busy; during the cold Vancouver area winters a lot of indoor remodeling projects get done.
Check out their website for lots more examples and all the contact info for free estimates and site visits. If you have a kitchen remodel in mind, give Eric a call!
Here is another great before-and-after comparison from their Instagram feed:
“Another Kitchen transformation! New color, new handles and a fresh looking kitchen!”
Jen’s new series The Trades is premiering soon!
“Cannot wait to share The Trades, coming Spring 2024 on Crave Canada! Thank you to The Globe and Mail for including us in your list of ‘Five New Shows Worth Renewing Your Subscription For’!”
Here are some press releases:
“Bell Media’s streamer has built its cred in crass Canadian comedy with Letterkenny, but its future in that department lies in more than just spinoffs such as Shoresy.
The Trades comes from the producers of Trailer Park Boys and stars the actor who played good old Ricky from that series – that’d be Robb Wells – as a welder named Todd Stool eager to be promoted to site manager at Conch Industries in Nova Scotia. Instead, Chelsea (Jennifer Spence) from head office arrives to take that job and throws his community of tradesmen and women for a loop. Todd’s dad is played by veteran trader Patrick McKenna (you know, from Traders – and The Red Green Show) and the head of Conch is played by the crassest Canuck of all, Tom Green.”
(from The Globe and Mail)
“THE TRADES centers around Todd Stool (Robb Wells, TRAILER PARK BOYS), a welder who is proud of his working-class background, and collection of big boy toys. His sister, and roommate, Audrey (Anastasia Phillips, MOONSHINE), decides to follow in her big brother’s footsteps and pursue a career in the trades as a carpenter, just like their father Rod (Patrick McKenna, THE RED GREEN SHOW). While Todd loves his life, he dreams of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming site manager at Conch Industries – which isn’t so far-fetched, given the current site manager Bennett’s, (Tom Green, THE TOM GREEN SHOW) lifestyle. But Todd’s future, that of the plant—and the town, are thrown into question when Chelsea (Jennifer Spence, YOU ME HER), an ambitious young executive sent from head office, announces she is the new site manager, and vows to make some changes.
Rounding out Todd’s rag-tag crew are: Jimi (Enrico Colantoni, VERONICA MARS); Dewey (Jason Daley, TRAILER PARK BOYS); Homer (Jesse Camacho, LOCKE & KEY); Backwoods (Daniel Petronijevic, LETTERKENNY); Taser (Brandon Oakes, DIGGSTOWN); Medhi, the Chief Engineer (Raoul Bhaneja, BLINDSPOT); and Steph the Safety Chick (Susan Kent, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES). Together, they balance the high risks of working in an oil refinery with bawdy nicknames, elaborate pranks, and jokes to amuse and enrage one another – but must work together if they want to save their livelihood and protect their community.”
(Bell Media Press Release)
Peter vs the KitchenAlien…
… and Peter at conventions in Augusta, GA and Carlsbad, CA
Peter is an accomplished voice actor. One of his latest roles is the voice of the character Yodarha in the video game GRANBLUE FANTASY: Relink
“Once a world-renowned swordsman, these days Yodarha spends much of his time fishing. Wielding two blades in battle, he can combo his foes into submission like greased lightning.”
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!
Chunky GF/ Vegan Mushroom Soup
This healthy and delicious chunky mushroom soup is so easy to make, loaded with mushroom flavor and vegan/ gluten free. No matter what season it is, a warm cup of soup is always so satisfying. Happy cooking, friends!
- 1/2 tbsp oil of choice (I use grapeseed) or vegan butter
- 16 ounces mushrooms sliced or 5½ cups. This may seem like a lot but they really cook down and reduce.
- 5 minced garlic gloves
- ½ large onion about ¾ cup, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt & 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 cups high quality vegetable broth
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, about 1 ½ cups
- 2-3 sprigs of thyme or 1/2 tbsp dried thyme. (to taste)
- If you are feeling fancy, garnish with a splash of truffle oil and chives to taste.
- Prepare your ingredients. In a large pot, add your oil or butter and heat on low to medium.
- Once the oil is hot, add your onions and salt and sweat until translucent. Add your garlic and sauté for another minute stirring constantly.
- Add you mushrooms and mix. Cover your pot and allow to heat on medium to high for a few minute or until the mushrooms begin to release their natural juices. Uncover, and sauté for 8-minutes.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and half of your coconut milk. Add your pepper and thyme. Stir and bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and let cook for 15 minutes.
- Scoop out two to three cups of soup and blend to purée. Uncover your lid carefully as there will be hot steam rising. Pour the purée back into the soup and stir.
- Depending on desired soup texture, if it’s too thick add the other half of the coconut milk. If just right, taste for seasoning and adjust.
- Garnish with chopped chives and a light drizzle of truffle oil and enjoy!
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