Ferreira Fest 172

Published April 2024
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It’s the 20th of the month, and as usual we gather here at louisferreira.org for another Ferreira Fest! We check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities, and we have a lot of shows news this time, as well as our exclusive Reading Series, new Shōgun screencaps and a new recipe from Jackie for you to try out. Grab a refreshing pineapple drink at our virtual bar and come on in!


Ability Online

Our Annual Whisky Tasting Event arrives early this year! Join us once more for our most anticipated yearly event, where you get to sample some of the world’s best Scotch whiskies paired with traditional Scottish fare, all in the name of charity! Join us for our 5th Annual Whisky Event at The Caledonian – the only Scottish Whisky Bar in Toronto!
Are you a whisky connoisseur? Want to try something new? Looking for a fun night out to support a good cause? This event is perfect for you!
It’s your unique opportunity to
– Sample some of the finest single malt whiskies available
– Enjoy a 3-course, Scottish-inspired meal
– Bid on exclusive whiskies and other exciting donations during our live auction fundraiser
– Catch up with friends—old and new!

Meal options: vegetarian haggis, salmon, or roast beef. Don’t miss out! Limited tickets are available.
Interested in being the Haggis Sponsor for the night? Eating one is optional, of course, but we also have other fun ways to show your support. Contact us to learn more.
When: Thursday, May 30, 2024 6:00 PM
Where: The Caledonian – 856 College St. Toronto ON M6H 1A2 Canada
Price: $150 per person
Buy tickets here!

Can’t attend, but want to help? Contact us!
We are always grateful for donations of items we can use in our live auction for charity. Sports memorabilia, get away packages, spa days – everything helps to raise funds for kids with disabilities, so they can have a safe, bully-free monitored online environment to connect at Ability Online!

Haven Toronto

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

The “Old Man’s Book Club” (the name was chosen by the group members themselves), a monthly gathering led by Const. David Hinchcliffe started as a book club. Today, this group discusses current events and Toronto’s history.
Our aim this year is to invite different local authors and artists to come and speak to the group.

It’s that time of year where we rummage through our storage to change our wardrobes from cold to warm weather clothes! Let us lighten the load – we are now accepting spring/ summer clothes in all sizes. We also accept cash donations via our website that will go straight to buying some essentials for our members. For the Spring Clothing Drive, items most needed for the men right now are shorts, shoes, pants, socks, underwear and gloves.

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

March 19 was World Social Work Day, a day to celebrate the important work social workers do and an invitation to advance their common mission globally. This year’s theme is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, which “is rooted in the Global Agenda and emphasizes the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature.”
To honor this day, The Children’s Aid Foundation interviewed Vanessa Rankin, Director of External Relations at the Foundation, who has trained and practiced as a social worker for many years. Guided by her commitment to social justice, Vanessa brings extensive experience in government relations to her work to advance social impact and systems change in Canada’s child welfare landscape.

Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Youth from Care

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day is on May 7 and National Mental Health Week is May 6-12.

Mental health is a major determinant of overall success and plays a big role in overall quality of life. But for youth in care – many of whom have faced childhood trauma – mental health services have always been especially hard to access. Black and Indigenous youth, whose trauma and alienation can be compounded when placed with foster families that don’t reflect their cultural identity, face even greater barriers. Through our work, the Foundation is committed to ensuring the well-being of all the communities we serve. In 2022-2023, our efforts resulted in 12,422 youth reporting improved social and emotional well-being and 3,915 reporting improved health and well-being. And with your support, we can do more – donate to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to directly contribute to providing mental health resources for young people and set them on a path to success.

Are you a young person who needs support? Visit our website to learn more about the resources we offer.

You can always contribute to the general fund of the Foundation by clicking on the logo below!


The Adventures of Peanut and Pig

Louis’ first full length animated feature is finally available on YouTube – watch it while it’s still there!

Louis voices Peanut the monkey. The movie was originally titled Saving Goola City and only available in Russia and Asia.

The floating paradise of Goola is in big trouble when the island begins to sink. An unlikely team of rival monkeys, a smart bunny and a jolly pig must put aside their differences to save the day while learning about friendship and bravery.


The Canadian series Motive (which aired on the USA Network) has a great opening with the first scenes letting you know right off who’s the victim and who’s the killer. As the title implies, the mystery then revolves around why the murder happened as the cops (led by Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira) investigate with flashbacks abounding.
The best part of the series is showcasing how the reasons behind the murder are never what the audience expects.

Quite often, it turns out the victim wasn’t so innocent, the killer not so bad and the twists leave you honestly surprised. It’s a hidden gem among procedural dramas to prove you can never judge a crime by its apparent cover. Motive Seasons 1-4 are available to buy on Prime Video.

Dawn of the Dead

The classic zombie flick turns 20 this year!

Not surprisingly it got a lot of attention in various genre magazines.

Here are a few for you to enjoy – click on the links to read the full reviews and discussions!

Movie Web:
Fresh after finishing a long shift as a nurse, Sarah Polley’s Ana is quickly thrust into hell when she returns to her suburban neighborhood and her husband, Luis (Louis Ferreira). As they get caught up in a planned date night, they miss an emergency news bulletin that signals things are about to turn upside down for the couple and their entire neighborhood. The next morning, the film lets its intentions be known when a young girl named Vivian (Hannah Lochner) enters their bedroom and kills Luis, which results in him quickly reanimating as a zombie. Luis attacks Ana, but she escapes.

Pop Horror
Hard-working nurse, Ana (Sarah Polley) just wants to get home and relax with her man after a particularly brutal and long shift (so many serious illnesses just because of a few bites and fights). After the day she’s had she doesn’t want to listen to the radio or watch television. She and Luis (Louis Ferreira) hit the sack pretty early. They should have watched the news, though. At least then, they may not have been taken by such surprise when their world is turned upside down.
The sweet little girl next door who is always welcome in their home gives them the ultimate rude awakening by taking a chunk out of Luis’s neck, killing him almost instantly, sending him into an undead rage, attacking Ana.

How Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead Became the Best 2000s Horror Remake:
Remaking George Romero’s zombie classic was a tall order, but director Zack Snyder proved to be up to the challenge.

Dawn of the Dead is now streaming in the U.S. on Netflix.

The Best Zack Snyder Trailers Ranked: #4 – Dawn of the Dead
The very idea of a remake of George A. Romero’s classic “Dawn of the Dead” caused a wave of outrage among horror fans. Why mess with perfection? With that in mind, Zack Snyder had an uphill battle when it came to his feature debut. He was going to have to win people over, and what better way to do that than with a snazzy trailer? The trailer for Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” hooks you from the jump, showcasing a peaceful suburban neighborhood at dusk. A woman (Sarah Polley) returns home to her husband (Louis Ferreira) as the night sets in. Everything seems normal and safe … and then the morning (or dawn, if you will) comes and all hell breaks loose.
Interestingly, a huge chunk of this trailer is made up of scenes from the film’s highly memorable intro, where Polley’s character Ana gets a front-row seat to the end of the world.

Hidden Hills

One of Louis’ personal favorites, the series Hidden Hills is now available for download here (run, don’t walk, and grab it while you can!!).

The NBC comedy series follows the (mis)adventures of hen-pecked suburban dad Doug Barber, his family, friends and neighbors.

(l-r) Kristin Bauer as Belinda Slypich, Justin Louis as Doug Barber, Paula Marshall as Janine Barber, Tamara Taylor as Sarah Timmerman, Dondre T. Whitfield as Zack Timmerman and Stacey Galina as Pam Asher — NBC Photo: Glenn Campbell


Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming week:

Saturday April 20, 9pm – SHO2e
Sunday April 21, 5:55pm – SHO
Saturday April 27, 1:15pm and 9:45pm – SHO
Sunday April 28, 4:55pm – SHO2e
Monday April 29, 1:05am – SHO2e
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.

See screen caps here!

S.W.A.T. 104: Radical

Monday April 22, 10am – SUND

After a domestic bomber dies in a Highland Park explosion, the SWAT team races to find the man’s partner before more devices detonate. Hondo reaches out to Buck, his former team leader (Louis Ferreira), when he worries he is isolating himself after his recent firing.

See screen caps here!

S.W.A.T. 114: Ghosts

Tuesday April 23, 10am – SUND

Hondo’s team must track down a serial killer who escaped justice by faking his own death. Hondo worries about the mental health of his former mentor Buck (Louis Ferreira) as he deals with depression in the aftermath of his firing.

See screen caps here!

S.W.A.T. 211: School

Sunday April 28, 6pm – WE

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.

See screen caps here!


This month we have 74 screen caps from Louis’ first episode of the epic mini series Shōgun – episode 2, Servants of Two Masters. Louis plays a Portuguese merchant sailor, Captain Ferreira.

In the episode, Ferreira’s vessel, the Black Ship, is caught in the middle of the power struggle of the storyline, keeping it from departing and doing business. Ferreira is upset for not receiving permission to sail as various circumstances keep delaying his ship.

Louis also appears in episodes 3 and 9 and possibly one more, depending on the final editing.

Here is a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wpEXJLOP6v73E7eZsx774suJgGFnSgV8?usp=sharing


Occasionally Louis will share a cartoon of himself – here are two recent ones!


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 eBayAmazon 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 herehttps://louisferreira.org/the-4th-reading-series/

Here is this month’s chapter.

Listen to the sound clip here:

Chapter 45: Georgie Giraffe (continued)

… to be continued next month!

One by one the tired animals
tumbled into the water.
They looked back. The fire
was coming closer and closer.

“It’s good to be in this water,”
said the elephant.


Alaina Huffman

Alaina posted an absolutely hilarious video on her Instagram feed that documents her makeup application for her final episode as Twyla Twist on Riverdale. It’s a lengthy process and Alaina seems to be talking non-stop! Click on the screen cap to view the video.

Note: the video contains massive spoilers for the episode so please watch it only if you’ve seen it already or you don’t mind spoilers.

k’Aryn Mott

k’Aryn is an Intimacy Coordinator and on-set advocate who works on film, television, and performance capture projects. Check out her website to learn more! 

“Working with Minors… Doing something right and with care… Reflecting on my time with Shogun fills me with gratitude. One important experience was supporting the young performers throughout the production. From meeting with them and prepping them and their parents before filming to meeting them when then arrived, ensuring their safety, and providing support when needed, it was a privilege to be there every step of the way. Working alongside the incredible production team, SFX team and the Disney health and safety team, and ensuring everyone’s well-being was my top priority.

This photo captures a special moment with Kai, one of the performers, after our final day together, doing his self-chosen check-in cue. I’m forever grateful to Shōgun for prioritizing the holistic well-being of their young talents.

My goal was simple: to support the telling of the story and to create a positive and enriching experience for them, leaving them with a sense of fulfillment and joy. Being part of this journey has been truly rewarding.
Additionally, I’m proud of our efforts in navigating challenging content, ensuring a safe space through bracketing and closure practices, allowing the performers to explore their roles authentically while maintaining their emotional well-being.”

Mika McKinnon

Mika contributed to a recent RadioLab podcast about the April 8 North American total solar eclipse. Click here, on the player below or on the logo to listen! Mika’s section starts around 37:30, and as usual she’s upbeat and entertaining and a pleasure to listen to.

Dennis Heaton

As former president of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) our friend Dennis has a lot on the line in the current labor dispute between the WGC and the CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association); the vote is whether to go on strike or not.

Dennis writes:

“Of course I voted yes:
– because the only difference between an animation script and a live action script is how much I get paid, and that ain’t cool.
– because why give A.I. the fun jobs? – because we’re stronger together.”

Want to know what it’s all about? Read on:

1) Fair wages. The CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association) is refusing to pay animation writers the same as every other writer.

2) Minimum staffing. The guild is asking for 1 story editor (that’s all – just one) to remain on through production. This will help train future showrunners, give new & diverse writers experience they need, and help productions run smoother.

3) AI Protection. The CMPA wants to use AI to “create” show concepts and development material – then hire guild writers to make it not suck. That’s taking away work from writers and using us to launder the copyright on their derivative AI nonsense.

4) AI Training. The CMPA is desperate to take the scripts we write and feed them into their AI software so that after a season or two, they can just let the computer write a show and fire us. These attacks on the future of screenwriting are starting in animation, but they won’t stop there. Once they’ve taught AI to write Paw Patrol, they’ll teach it to write Son of a Critch.

For more info check out the Twitter/ X thread here.

The Writers Guild of Canada members are voting on a strike authorization, as they have been unable to reach a deal with the CMPA. Voting is open for WGC members until April 23 at 3pm ET. We hope they are able to reach a fair deal soon!

And speaking of AI…

While AI is a really cool technology in the right circumstances – this is an AI Free Zone! Text created by ChatGPT and other Large Language Models is spreading rapidly across the Internet. It’s well-written, artificial and frequently inaccurate. If you find a mistake here on louisferreira.org, rest assured it was made by a real human being!

Eric Banerd

Eric’s Paint company Even Better Painting is hard at it every single day, making the greater Vancouver area a much better looking place one project at a time. Check out this kitchen renovation and watch the video here!

“See the transformation! These cabinets only took us a couple of days to update. New fresh color and hardware, all for an affordable price, especially when you consider the cost of getting brand new cabinets. All done at our shop in East Vancouver. We work all over the lower mainland and handle everything for you from start to finish.”

… and after!

Jennifer Spence

Jen is currently starring in the series The Trades on CRAVE TV in Canada.

Here is an interview she just did with Sabrina Furminger. There are a ton of interviews and video clips on Jen’s Instagram feed.

“It’s Chelsea Nakamura! She’s from Head Office and just might upset a few people at the refinery. THE TRADES is streaming NOW – only on CRAVE TV.”

Ingrid Rogers

“Who knew that such beautiful, brilliant and satisfying changes could happen in mid-life?! I sure didn’t know that embracing my gray and locking my hair would be so liberating and fulfilling. I’m more myself than I’ve ever been. Yes it’s been a long time coming but it’s worth it. It’s an incredible time of life. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!”

Peter Kelamis

Peter’s tour of the convention circuit continues!

“I will be at Animenationfest April 19-21st at the L.A. Convention Center! Gonna be meeting everyone and checking out the awesome fellow actors and Tattoo artists! Toyzilla has created limited edition Funko Pops just for the event! So bring your own item to get signed, or pick up something special from my table! Can’t wait for this awesome weekend! See you there!”

“Excited for my Whatnot signing this weekend!

If you’d like something signed by “The Klam” …tune on in!

Or just follow the live segment and say Hello!


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 Gluten Free Vegan Mushroom Soup

“This healthy and delicious chunky mushroom soup is so easy to make, loaded with mushroom flavour and vegan/gluten free. No matter what season it is, a warm cup of soup is always so satisfying. Happy cooking friends!”


½ 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 and ½ 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 ½ 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 your mushrooms and mix. Cover your pot and allow to heat on medium to high for a few minutes 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!


Website Security Upgrades

Due to increased hacker activity we are making several security upgrades to louisferreira.org in the next few weeks. This means that the site will occasionally go offline so data transfers to new platforms can be performed.

If you’re trying to get your daily dose of Louis goodness and get an error message, please do not be alarmed, we should be back online the next day.

Our Forum has already received a new applications-only upgrade, and our guestbook will soon also be better equipped to recognize and ban spammers.

We are continuing to ban users from certain countries due to the overwhelming amount of hacking attempts. At this point it’s a “five strikes and you’re out” policy, and the IP address will be banned for good. If you had a legitimate reason for visiting more than 5 times a day, please notify us and we will unblock your IP address if we deem this to be in error.

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We hope to see you all next month!