Ferreira Fest 129

Published September 2020.

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As we approach the autumnal equinox and thus the official start of Fall we gather here at Ferreira Fest to check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities, and social distancing is easy online! We have so much good stuff for you this month – lots of news and photos, screencaps from This Life, the continuation of our 4th Exclusive Reading Series, and a stroll through a Vancouver park with our friend and herbalist Nicole Pilich! Grab a slice of sweet potato pie and an age-appropriate pineapple cocktail at our virtual buffet and come on in!


Ability Online

Ability Online‘s new website will be open to the public by the end of the month, but just for the Young Adult members. Final testing is currently in progress. Check out MyAbility.ca for updates. Other sections will open over the next few months.

Ability Online was on Global News August 27th for their 30th anniversary! Great piece – watch it here: Globalnews.com.

They were also featured in Brock News (a university in Ontario) with some great coverage. 

Ability Gives, the equipment fundraising arm of Ability Online is still sponsoring Kaden. Find out all about this lovely little boy here.

Of course you can always support Ability Online by donating to the general fund, which will help maintain this bully-free, safe and monitored online environment for disabled kids and youth. Click on the logo below to contribute!

Project Limelight

Project Limelight is open to young people aged 8 to 15 in the Vancouver Strathcona district. The average session is four months long and runs three days a week.

The first month is spent learning skills, techniques and forms of expression, including clowning, creative writing, voice work, movement and improvisation. The following three months are spent rehearsing a full-length theatrical production, leading up to a final performance on a community stage, giving participants the opportunity to showcase everything they have accomplished.

Each workshop is spent bringing the kids together in different scenarios so by the end of the first month they are a tightly knit group ready to take on the hurdles of a production. Instructors are experts in their fields, bringing unique experience and energy to the program. Project Limelight works with creative professionals who want to pass their skills and their passion on to the next generation by creating a fun-filled, safe environment that inspires kids to express themselves.

Project Limelight welcomes youth ages 8 to 15 living in East Vancouver to join the waitlist for future programs. No audition required. Please help those kids receive a no-cost high quality performing arts education by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy and secure!

Haven Toronto
Haven Toronto
is a drop-in center where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, where they can form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community.

Our VISION is a safe and just community in which elder homeless men have the opportunity to live a quality, dignified life.

Our MISSION is to be a national leader in services, programs and advocacy for elder homeless men. 

After a summer break there is a new E-magazine chock-full of great information and topics that will interest everyone. Click on the thumbnail on the right to read it online!

Since Fall is now here it’s going to get cold in Toronto very quickly, and the homeless are at severe risk in increasingly colder temperatures. If you shop at Haven Toronto’s Shop & Share site, anything you purchase will go directly to an elder homeless man in need, and there is something for every budget.

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 advocates for children and youth in Canada’s foster care system.

Stand Up for Kids Night on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, presented by CIBC, honored the incredible achievements of the bright and deserving young people we support along with the extraordinary Canadians that have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape through the annual Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award.

During the night we also took the opportunity to recognize the commitment of our generous donors and volunteers and celebrate the impact we are making as a community of allies for children and youth in child welfare.

Watch the video of the grand event here

Thank you to everyone who is joining us in taking a stand for Canada’s most vulnerable kids by donating, volunteering, and advocating for the needs of children and youth in and from the child welfare system. Your generosity has a positive impact on the lives of young people.⁠

⁠Looking to make a difference in the lives of young people for International Day of Charity? You can make a donation to one of our COVID support funds at this link

As always, you can read about current activities and programs in the online newsletter The Buzz. And to donate to the general operating fund  please click on the logo below to go to our very own donations page for the organization. It’s easy, quick and secure!


Louis and Jackie are sharing two photos this month!

Below is a sunset at Kitsilani Beach Vancouver and to the right are Billie, Giancarlo and Louis on International Dog Day 2020.

Joe Mallozzi shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the Stargate Universe days, showing Director Peter DeLuise in conversation with the cast (Robert Carlyle, Peter DeLuise, Louis Ferreira, Patrick Gilmore), discussing script, blocking, and lunch options.


This month we have 375 screencaps from episode 208 Destruction as Creation from the series This Life. Louis plays David K. Crowley, and absentee dad who had a change of heart and returns to his family while his ex-wife is battling cancer.

Episode Synopsis:

Romy leaves her freelance computer graphics business flyer at her father’s place, which leads to a new relationship with both her parents, but perhaps not quite in the way she expected. Here is a direct link to the album:



The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away!  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.

This month we have chapter 2 of Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away!


Franco Lo Presti

Franco writes:

The Love Prank is a short film I did last year that will be going in the festival circuit next year. It’s a cute wacky comedic film based on a true event, hehe! Here’s the trailer.”

Logline: Stuck in the Friend Zone, a young woman secretly attempts to win her BFF’s heart by helping him hatch a scheme that will end his cheating fiancée’s steamy affair.

Alaina Huffman

Alaina has published a book, the 365 Daily Affirmations Handbook! From her website:

“Positive affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to a create meaningful, successful and fulfilled life. Many people use affirmations to bring about change in their behaviors and circumstances. To deliberately use affirmations is creating a cause that sends vibrations that the universe must respond to. This is the law of cause and effect. If you want to make sure that your affirmations work for you, please follow the steps outlined in this handbook. My daily practice includes handwritten affirmations nightly, 10x in a personal journal.”

To purchase the book and read more about it, including some sample pages, click here or on the cover page!

Amanda Alexander

Amanda reports that she’s not back at work yet unfortunately, but hopefully soon. She’ll be heading on to Charmed Season 3 as their script supervisor.

In the meantime, Amanda and her family are still busy fundraising and taking care of their dog Calvin. Please read more about his plight on his GoFundMe Page, and please donate a little if you can! 

Mika McKinnon

Mika has been crazy busy over the past month – her expertise as a disaster researcher and geophysicist is currently in high demand. Here are a few highlights:

  • Mika was a guest on SXMCanadaTalks live from Prince Edward Island to give us all the latest information on the top news stories of the day.
  • Mika was on ICYMI: “Field geophysicist, disaster researcher, scifi science consultant, science writer & public speaker Mika McKinnon joined the Arlene Bynon Show to discuss the West Coast Fires in British Columbia.” Listen to the podcast here.
  • Mika did a Redddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on September 15, and you can read all her answers there.
  • Psst! Mika McKinnon brought her interactive Twitter game You Find A Rock to the Virtual Dragon Con! Geology meets D&D as a party is challenged with what to do when they find a rock. With Mika McKinnon (host), Bethany Brookshire, Mark Meer, and Trevor Valle, and special guest Sam Maggs as the Rock Queen. Watch here!
  • Mika also hosted a panel called “Pandemic! We Wanted Zombies, Not Face Masks” with Jonathan Sarge, Dorothy Lowry and George Cavender

All Dragon Con panels are free when they stream on Fan Tracks. They’re also available on-demand for a full year with $10 membership. Here is a list of all of Mika’s events from this year:

Troy Mundle

Troy is currently filming Season 1 of Bucketheads, a new Star Wars fan series. The project has attracted a lot of attention, being one of the first to start filming after the COVID-19 hiatus, and boasting a huge volunteer workforce. There’s a great article in Vancouver Is Awesome! Here are two nice photos of Troy in action: click on the images to read more!

Troy’s recent film Exhibit Man has been selected for the Mile High Horror Film Festival! Congrats to the whole team!

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick (second from left) is excited about the start of Season 2 of his current series JANN:

“We’re Baaaaaaack…. September 21, 8pm EST…. On CTV!”

Sawyer Ferreira
Three years ago Sawyer starred in the movie From Now On. The podcast No One’s Gonna Listen is featuring a From Now On reunion! This episode features stars Sawyer and Mariel (and of course, Ethan) for a very special farewell episode for Ryan, and the three year anniversary since the production of From Now On. Sawyer had a very interesting date one time… Find out the full story on the newest episode of No One’s Gonna Listen – just click on the screen cap!

Eric Banerd

Eric’s company EB Painting is keeping extremely busy while the weather is still holding up before the cold season. Check out the before and after shots below: What a transformation! Another happy customer that know their house will look beautiful and be protected for many years to come. 

Jennifer Spence Jen’s recent series Traces has been nominated in the TV Fiction category at Prix Europa. If you’re in Canada, you can watch it on iTunes1! 

Ingrid Rogers
Ingrid stars in the short film The Room In The Elephant by Tricia Lee.
 Logline: When Nicole (Ingrid Rogers) receives life-changing news, her 7-year-old daughter poses an insightful perspective.

Watch it here or on Omeleto.com. This movie comes with a serious hankie warning!

Rob Munic

Rob has a new TV series! Check out the announcement on Deadline.com below:

Starz has greenlighted the third new series in the Power universe, moving up the premiere of the new spinoff from Courtney Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Power Book IV: Force will focus on Power’s Tommy Egan, with Joseph Sikora set to reprise his role.

Robert Munic will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the Lionsgate Television-produced series, with the order coming ahead of the September 6 premiere of Power Book II: Ghost, starring Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

The previously announced new series centers around Tommy Egan (Sikora), after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. 

Congrats, Rob, and way to go!

Peter Kelamis

This month we have another installment of The Adventures of Klam The Handyman:

“My small office bench broke, so that only     means ONE thing!
…I present to you the Vintage-look “Campari Ad” Printed… mini office bench!
     Designed by The Klam

Time for a cold beer… sit back and enjoy my work!”

More pix on Peter’s Twitter Feed!  

Every month Vancouver artist Nicole Pilich shares one of her henna creations with Ferreira Fest. And if you find yourself in Vancouver visit her studio (once it is safe again to do so, due to social distancing) and treat yourself to some Healing Body Art made just for you.

This month Nicole writes:

“So once again I am not making visual art but my art is more of the healing type. I’ve started to take people on herb walks around our local park to teach them about the healing and edible plants which grow all around us. I was fortunate to be granted some funds to do this and now take 6 people each time and these individuals get the walk for free. All my students have been super interested in learning and very appreciate to have this opportunity, as I am.
Here are photos of my walks while I point out which plants are good for what.”

“Here I am with St. John’s Wort, and also some Yarrow. St. Johns Wort is a natural antidepressant, and a strong pain killer for nerve pain. Topically it is used on shingles.”
“A close up of St. John’s Wort. Yarrow is used in colds and flu, it works to bring on a sweat to reduce a fever, and as a diuretic gets you peeing, also helping to rid the illness.”
“Hawthorn trees provide some valuable circulation tonic. The berries used regularly will regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.”
“Hawthorn trees provide some valuable circulation tonic. The berries used regularly will regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.”
“Comfrey is a strong skin healing plant. A paste or poultice of the leaves can be applied to a clean wound and help to heal that wound quickly. I’ve used this in combination with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and lavender oil to heal a third degree burn. It worked like true magic! The paste adhered to the skin like a scab and peeled away slowly a week later to reveal new skin and with no scar.”
“Here is my last group with me. Because of COVID-19I can only take 5-6 people to ensure we can all maintain safe distancing.

I’m so excited to be able to share my knowledge right now especially! It really feels like we are at a critical time in the world and going back to nature is so necessary for our healing.”

“It is interesting to note that yesterday we had the worst air quality in all the world and although while out in the open it was difficult to take a deep breath, when I brought everyone into the trees, we were rewarded with clean air. Respect for our green brothers and sisters who nurture us.”



Like DragonCon, most cons this year have been cancelled altogether, or moved online in a smaller format. If you miss going to cons, our friend Gene is inviting everyone to this year’s HawaiiCon:

if you’d like to join us at HawaiiCon without the hassles of travel now’s your chance!

Registration for HawaiiCon‘s 2020 Reunion is free (click here to register), no matter who you are or where you are in the world. If you know someone who could use some aloha-style fandom, please forward this information. All are welcome!

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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We hope to see you all next month!