Ferreira Fest 126

Published June 2020.

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Like every month we gather on the 20th day here at Ferreira Fest to check in with Louis Ferreira’s friends and chosen charities. We celebrate diversity and support each other, and we share our joys and our sorrows. A day before the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere we reflect on the global issues confronting us right now and vow to do our share to lift each other up and keep our communities safe and healthy. So grab a refreshing pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar, and come on in!

Black lives matter.
Black voices matter.
Black culture matters.
Black stories matter.

We stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sisters who have been the target of violence and injustice. Nobody said it better than former US president Barack Obama. Please read his statement here: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change.

Please visit the Anguish and Action page of the Obama Foundation for a great collection of links on how to help – click here.

Here are some thoughts from Louis, concerning the current protests.


“You know, it’s so funny, I’ve been re-watching a lot of the speeches by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, where, as where I learned the first time around, as you watch sort of the preciousness of white people and their ignorance, pretending as if they were like oblivious to it. That’s what’s getting to me. Especially growing up the way I did, which was in black communities, very much feeling, understanding, what the issue is, is it’s education, it’s schooling, it’s alcohol stores, you know, every six blocks in the shitty neighborhoods. And in the rich neighborhoods you’ll see it’s not the case, and so the systemic problem has been there forever.

But the idea that this is something new is just astounding to people. But, policy reform, if this is going to happen, that’s a wonderful thing. And then hopefully this allows for other groups, for example First Nations groups, and indigenous people, to then get their opportunity as well because, let’s face it, there are a lot of people in this situation. So, I think it’s all wonderful. I mean the looting is disgusting. But what is kind of amazing is to see the people come together in the way they have. I just wish they weren’t destroying their cities because that just sort of defeats the purpose. Those are two different things happening, aren’t they… The people protesting and the people looting aren’t the same group, I believe.”

And here are some thoughts on systemic racism to mull over.


“We were all validated the day we were born, where we were all one hundred percent equal as babies. We did not know racism. None of us were racists when we were born. And yet, we’ve come to this as adults because of our upbringing.

So, maybe we need to look at those kinds of things and really focus on, like, really try and implement into our world that we are in fact, not just all equal, literally the golden rule, treat others as you would want to treat yourself.

People already know, inherently, inside. I don’t care how evil you are, we all have that inside of us because we are born of the same energy. It’s just some people are further removed from that than others. Because, based on the choices that they’ve made in their lives, but inside each one of us is that truth. And if you want to connect to it, it might be a battle because you’re going to have to battle some demons, but it’s available to you.

And it’s worth the fight. You don’t need anybody to be its spokesperson, we already all know, all the things that have been said, or need to be said, have been said many times. By wonderful people, by great people, by regular people. So, it’s just repetition, repetition, repetition, but it’s not words, it’s the actions and the accountability that’s going to make it make a difference.

And right now, I love that they’re protesting in front of the that white house with the idiot who built a wall around the White House, America’s home, and the whole symbolism of that.”

Thanks to Casey and Paco for the transcripts!


Ability Online

Ability Online is the first social media technology platform for young people with disabilities to connect to each other and the world around them.

The Ability Online Instagram feed has all sorts of helpful hints so today we have a recipe! Why not try starting your day off with something super yummy and good for you all in one!! This Green smoothie recipe is simple, yet an effective way to start your morning!

Ability Gives, the equipment fundraising department of Ability Online is still supporting Kaden. Click here to read more about him and donate.

Please help support this unique safe space for special needs kids and young adults. Click on the logo below to contribute!

Project Limelight

The mission of Project Limelight Society is to create an environment that will allow youth to develop a strong sense of self and to unleash their imagination. The program provides a nurturing community that supports their development through participation in the performing arts. Project Limelight gives young people a sense of confidence, self-assurance and creative freedom that will be carried forward outside of the initiative and into their school and home life.

Project Limelight is a non-profit performing arts program in East Vancouver offering residents ages 8 to 15 years old of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant programming at no cost. Project Limelight provides youth with a safe place to build an artistic community alongside professional actors, directors, dancers, singers, costume designers, filmmakers and musicians. As part of their commitment to the community, nutritious meals and snacks are provided to every child at each workshop and rehearsal.

While programs are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic we look forward to the training events starting up again in the near future. In the meantime, please click on the logo below to help them rebuild.

Haven Toronto

Haven Toronto is Toronto’s only daytime shelter for elder homeless men.

SAVE THE DATE: Join us virtually for our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday July 7th at 5:30 pm. Register here to attend.

Clients often ask for emergency clothing.

Today it’s more about hoodies, t-shirts & shoes. Due to Covid-19 we are not accepting gently-used clothing donations right now but you can still donate clothing through our online store.  You’ll receive a tax receipt.

There’s really no easier way to donate – you pick exactly what you want to give, buy it online and it goes straight to an elder homeless man in need. And there is something for every budget, starting with $1!

Today it’s more about hoodies, t-shirts & shoes. Due to Covid-19 we are not accepting gently-used clothing donations right now but you can still donate clothing through our online store.  You’ll receive a tax receipt.

There’s really no easier way to donate – you pick exactly what you want to give, buy it online and it goes straight to an elder homeless man in need. And there is something for every budget, starting with $1!
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

The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is tirelessly advocating for Canada’s children and youth in care. Right now, children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system are in crisis. Please donate or fundraise to support them.


The impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating, leading to:

  • Sudden unemployment, and food and housing insecurity for many already living at or below the poverty line.
  • Deeper anxiety, loneliness and fear resulting from social isolation.
  • Heightened underlying mental health issues stemming from childhood abuse for youth who have aged out of child welfare, some as young as 18. For families, this is escalating substance abuse and instances of domestic violence in homes with kids.


We are deeply concerned for the immediate well-being of families, children and youth impacted by this crisis, and the longer term repercussions these vulnerable populations will have to endure.

To respond to their most urgent needs across the country, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada launched two funds as part of our national COVID-19 Response Program:
The COVID-19 Support Fund for Former Youth in Care
The COVID-19 Child & Family Support Fund

We have a $10 million fundraising goal. You can help us get there.
Give to support Families and Children OR Former Youth in Care!

Your gift or fundraiser will:

  • Secure access to basic necessities such as housing, food, critical mental health support and e-learning technology.
  • Provide direct financial assistance to caregivers to help them meet the immediate needs of children and youth, including at-home educational activities like science kits, food vouchers, and respond to specific requests for emergency funds on a case-by-case basis.
  • Allow flexible funding to help us quickly respond to new challenges such as the need of child welfare organizations for technology solutions that enable families to stay connected to vital supports.

What these troubling times have shown is our humanity and generosity. Your help will have a meaningful impact.

Read all the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz. And you can always donate to the general fund on our very own donations page by clicking on the logo below. Every penny helps!


Hopefully you were able to catch the rebroadcast of Louis’ S.W.A.T. episode Stigma on CBS last Thursday. Usually these encores don’t receive a lot of publicity, but this one did! Read the article at Broadwayworld.

You can find screen caps of the episode here.

If you’ve been personally impacted by a loved one’s suicide and want to do something to help, please visit the QPR Institute to learn how to help prevent suicides.

And keep the Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number on your fridge and in your wallet or phone for easy access!


Natalya asked:

“In 97-99 (approximately) I saw a social ad on TV featuring an actor who looks very much like you.
The plot of the ad: a young man went to a public toilet. He gave himself an injection of the drug, and everything swirled before his eyes. He spun around, fell face first into the sink, and choked on the water.
Did you actually appear in this anti-drug social ad?”

And here is Louis’ answer!

“Yes, that was an anti-heroin campaign that my buddy Cosimo [Cavallaro], who is a great director out of Montreal, directed. It was just a project that he had come up with. It was an anti-drug thing, absolutely. I was a kid shooting heroin in a bathroom and, yeah, that was me. That’s so weird. Wow. So I guess she’s just asking if in fact it was me, and the answer is, yeah, that was me, a very long time ago.”

Thanks for your question, Natalya, and to Casey and Paco for the transcript! If anyone has a copy of the ad please contact Ferreira Fest. If you have a question for Louis, please submit it to .


This month we have 53 screen caps from the S.W.A.T. episode 315 Knockout.

In this episode we get to see Louis as William ‘Buck’ Spivey in action at his new post-SWAT job, managing a high-end security company. He turns an assignment at a high-stakes boxing match over to his colleague (and current S.W.A.T. member David ‘Deacon’ Kay or ‘Deke’). It’s a short appearance but it’s evident he has his crew well trained. At some point after the events in this episode Buck fell off the wagon, leading to the traumatic events in episode 318 Stigma (see above). Here is a direct link to the album:



Louis and Jackie are sharing this posterized photo.

Together, we can all slow the spread of COVID-19!

Do your part.



The third monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek! by Martha Kambeitz, Denise Burns and Josephine Proctor. It is almost identical to the volume Mr. Mugs – Peek In Please! except for 11 pages which served as non-religious substitutes for the bible stories.

Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age. 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.

You can listen to the book readings under the Reading Series Tab.

This month’s issue is chapter 10 of Mr. Mugs – Take A Peek.


Alaina Huffman

Alaina was a featured guest at Wales Comic Con June 6-7 where she also appeared on the Supernatural Panel.

Alaina is currently starring in The 100 where she plays Nikki. On the right is a between-the-scenes shot of Alaina in costume and makeup for the character, and below she’s in her perfect Bad Girl action!

Karyn Mott

Karyn just received her Safe Sets International COVID-19 Level A Certificate 


The Affolter Brothers

The four guys are currently working on The Willoughbys. Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of Thomas as he sets up the motion control camera for a shot inside Melanoff’s candy factory. 

Amanda Alexander

Please read about the GoFundMe campaign for Amanda’s dog Calvin:

This is our four and half year old dog, his name is Calvin, he is a rescue border collie/ husky who loves to play tug-o-war. He is also nicknamed Clifford around the community because of how big he is (and he also gets called Bear).

Sadly, our dog can’t play tug-o-war right now or even walk around the house as often as he did to visit us. He needs surgery in both of his eyes because he has severe cataracts. We just learned this last night, and we also learned he is diabetic. His eyes have progressed quickly and the doctors are shocked at the state of them. The money would go towards his surgery and recovery and the on-going medication.

Our names are Makena and Kali, and to add to this, our mom Amanda, who is a single mom and undergoing a divorce, works in the Film Industry and has been out of work since March. We came together as a family and are getting by but now we have to figure this out. Calvin is only four and half and the most important part of our family. We all love him more than anything else. If anyone can spare anything no matter the amount my sister and I and my mom would be so grateful. He’s just a puppy and he deserves to see the dog park, his toys and the family that loves him. We need him to live his life healthy and happily. Please share this if you can and if you have any animals pet them for us.

Thank you, The McLeans

Please help! There are also paintings and jewelry you can buy as part of this fundraiser. Visit Calvin’s GoFundMe Page and contribute – every penny helps!

Greyston Holt

This month we have a message from Greyston’s wife Cristina Rosato:

“So happy to finally share A Hero Too! I wrote a book with my cousin Lara Villani and illustrated by Leanne Thiessen. We’ve partnered with Save The Children Canada and started a fundraising campaign with 100% of proceeds going towards their Emergency Covid-19 Rescue Fund. This effort will help children and families who’ve been hardest hit by the crisis.

Visit our
website where you can download the eBook (in English or French) and learn more about our fundraising campaign and initiatives.
We would love for you to share the book and our initiative so that we may help educate and comfort kids and well as raise funds for Save the Children. 
We hope your kids enjoy the book as much as we loved creating it for them. Thank you,

Cristina Rosato & Lara Villani.”

Eugene Lipinski

Eugene writes:

“I did a film that was released on Amazon earlier this year – January 10th, actually – called The Intruder

I also did an episode of a new Marvel show, but I can’t mention the title yet. I did that in January, too, before the health madness…”

Here’s the logline for The Intruder:

Scott and Annie Russell couldn’t be happier after buying their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley, California. Their newfound paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Charlie – still strangely attached to the house – begins to show up and interfere in their daily lives. When his erratic behavior turns to obsession, the young couple soon find themselves caught up in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

Troy Mundle

Troy is working on the new series Bucketheads. Here he is between takes with Gilles LaChance (Troy is on the right). BoredPanda posted a nice article about the Star Wars series based on the point of view of the storm troopers.

Dennis Heaton

The Order Season 2 started on Netflix on June 18 and is currently one of its highest ranking shows!

TV Goodness has a Season 1 recap/ Season 2 preview with general spoilers, and there’s also an exclusive interview with Dennis about the new season.

And then watch the trailer for The Order Season 2 right here!

Patrick Gilmore
Congratulations to Jann Arden  and the entire JANN team for the double Leo Awards nominations for Best Program and Best Performance for Patrick Gilmore  in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series!

Patrick was a guest on Arts 101 with Catherine McKenna. She writes:

“Shaking things up on this week’s Homeschooling 101. Join me and Canadian Actor Patrick Gilmore  to talk about the many ways artists are staying active and engaged during COVID-19.”

Alex Appel

Alex’ new movie Modern Persuasion will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival!

From the article on Variety:

Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the rom-com Modern Persuasion starring Alicia Witt and will launch sales and screen the film at the Cannes virtual market next week.

Alex Appel and Jonathan Lisecki directed the Jane Austen adaptation from Tangerine Entertainment and Tortyfly Pictures, based on a screenplay by Lisecki (Gayby) and Barbara Radecki (Expecting). Witt (88 Minutes, Urban Legend, Two Weeks Notice), stars with Shane McRae (The Help, Still Alice, The Adjustment Bureau) and Bebe Neuwirth (Jumanji franchise, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days) in the contemporary tale about a New York workaholic whose firm is hired by an old flame.
Tangerine Entertainment, founded by  Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell, works exclusively with female-identifying directors and focuses on strong roles for women. Recent credits include Paint It Black, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival winner Keep The Change, and Lucky Them starring Toni Collette. Tortyfly Pictures is a female-driven production company founded by Appel. Modern Persuasion is Tortyfly’s inaugural feature.

We loved Alex’s and Jonathan’s modern-day take on the Jane Austen classic and are excited to begin selling this delightful and clever romantic comedy,” said Myriad Pictures president and CEO Kirk D’Amico.

Alicia Witt and the strong supporting cast including Bebe Neuwirth and Shane McRae humorously illuminate the challenges of getting into and maintaining relationships in the big city.”

Sawyer Ferreira

A little throwback to the days when we could still go to live performances, in the hopes that we can enjoy great improv again soon!

Here is Sawyer’s group Main Branch Improv, with Alice, Ben, Julie, Leigha, Luke, and Sawyer!

Eric Banerd

Eric’s company Even Better Painting is doing fabulous work all over the Vancouver area! Check out the transformation of this house (and note the spiffy new vehicles!)…

Before EB Painting…

… and after!

Justin Nannassy

Justin has moved back to Los Angeles, recording new music and doing graphic art (and looking pretty badass, too).

He writes: “Got a hybrid of lemon and tangerine growing in my backyard!”

David Dingess

David has big news! He writes:

“Ever since our trip back in November, I was obsessed with New York City. My New Year’s Eve resolution was to apply to music teaching positions in NYC just as persistently as Atlanta ones, and though I had a few in-person interviews in ATL, the email was always a no. At the same time, I had a video interview for a K-2 Music position in Manhattan that I wanted more than anything, and was offered the job – it was a sign!

While we can see that NYC is going through something unprecedented, we have faith that the city will heal, and that it will revive as city we fell in love with back in November. Regardless of the strange times, I intend to teach my students to the best of my ability, come what may.

Now, I bet you’re asking “Are they crazy?!” And the answer is “YOLO.” Now that your question has been answered, your next question (we hope) is “Wow! How can I help?” First and foremost, Hayley and I hope that you will join us in celebrating and supporting this life change, and know that we appreciate each and every one of you.”

David and Hayley are moving to New York! Help us wish them all the best!

David got his MME (Master’s Degree in Music Education) on May 23. Congratulations!!

Ingrid Rogers

Ingrid placed among the Top 100 of CCR Casting‘s Gender-Bending Monologue Challenge. Congratulations, Ingrid, and way to go!!

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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