When I was Little

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Performing

So it seems that 10 years ago today I was bold and fearless and looked pretty cute in a pair of fishnet stockings.

The talented Charles Fournier just showed me photos he took, 10 years ago today, of my comedy fire-eating routine of old.

Here I am in downtown Hamilton Ontario (if you can busk it there, you can busk it anywhere), gathering my crowd, workin’ them like nobody’s business, pulling up the most “Hamilton” volunteer you could ever find, and earning enough hat for two fancy coffees.  It would have been three coffees, but upon seeing I had change in my hand, a panhandler immediately came up to me and asked for it.  Ooooh, Hamilton.

FAUN is HERE!

November 6, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Hello, Wild, Wild Web of the World!

I’m here to announce that the silent, walk-about character “FAUN” is finally ready and eager to work!

From another dimension (possibly from out of a wardrobe), a stunned, mythological warrior fauna has stumbled into our world.  A warrior princess in her own universe, she must now come to grips with all the strange wonders of this modern planet earth.

Email Rachel for full details about booking Faun for your events — Corporate and festival!

This news and updates can be viewed on my “Performance” page.

VIDEO!!

Faun-tastic

July 4, 2011 by  
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I haven’t updated my site in ages.  There are far too many reasons to explain.  One of those reasons (and one of the reasons I don’t care to take the time to explain) is the first of two carpal tunnel surgeries.  I shouldn’t really be typing. …Oh, and I’m not.  Right, right.  I’m pounding my face against the keyboard and it’s just pure Shakespearean-chimps-at-typewriter chance that words and coherent sentences are the result.  It’s really creepy.

Anyway, I want to share at least a peak at what’s developing in my world of busking.  Pavement art is getting progressively hard on my body… So, I’ve decided to start building an other-worldly walk-about character who will surely help me ruin the remaining parts of my body left undmanged by chalk.  So far, I call her “Faunus”.

I’ll let the photos do the typing now, but stay tuned for a finished, full body faun, late in 2011…


Foto Phantastique

December 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Busking

A great candid photo taken by Quade Hermann at the Toronto Buskerfest.  Thank you, Quade!

Never has my filthiness looked so elegant.

Photo by Quade Hermann

Photo by Quade Hermann

Busker on the Boardwalk

July 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Busking, Events

My latest piece, from St. John New Brunswick.
Once again, I’ve had a precious time with old and new friends during fest time.
…I could make money anywhere.  But I couldn’t meet these people anywhere.  This is why I love festivals.

My latest piece is one I plan to recreate when I do this year’s Toronto Festival.  It’ll be my first repeat.

This is my fan art response to one of my favourite documentaries, Peter Lynch’s “Project Grizzly”, the story of Troy Hurtubise and his bear-proof suit.
I saw the suit for myself in an ‘inspired by’ art exhibit last year and knew I needed to have a turn in making my own homage.  The suit has evolved into a stove robot with a butterfly net, riding a robotic fish, and the bear has developed some circus skills, but otherwise, I’d say it’s pretty accurate depiction of the film.
Not many of the folks coming off the cruise ship in St. John knew of the film, but I’m pretty certain the response in downtown Toronto will be different.  Regardless, the chalk piece was enjoyed by all. …Well, at least the ones who hated it didn’t tell me.

Click on the image to make it larger.

"Project Grizzly"

“Project Grizzly”

Photo Gallery

December 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Photos

Click on the photo once for it to fill the screen, and again in the bottom right-hand corner for its full, high-resolution size.

 
Actor head shots

Light Monkey Photography –
lightmonkey.ca

Faunus - digileg faun

Faunus – digileg faun project. Costume by Rachel Peters

Faunus in the City

Faunus in the City

faunus

faunus – unique stilt-walking performance piece

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Quade Hermann

Photo by Quade Hermann

Rachel and Lurk at the TO Busker Fest

Rachel and Lurk at the TO Busker Fest

Rachel on the set of "Nagasaki Circus"

Rachel on the set of “Nagasaki Circus”

Rachel and Lee, Filming

Rachel and Lee, Filming

The Cuppa Coffee Broadcast Crew during our shoot with Lewis Black, 2007

The Cuppa Coffee Broadcast Crew during our shoot with Lewis Black, 2007 – Photo courtesy of Cuppa Coffee

fire eating show – stage and street (with audience volunteer)

On the street with Sharon "From Canada" Mahoney

Chalking cartoons of Sharon “From Canada” Mahoney

Busking at Toronto Busker Fest

I thought it was one of those "put your face in this place" novelty things... you know... BE the hockey player's crotch.

I thought it was one of those “put your face in this place” novelty cut-outs… you know… BE the hockey player’s crotch.

Angry Baby

Happy Baby

Takin’ it to the Street

October 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Busking, Events

My summer of chalking up busker festivals across the country was a great success.  It was my first year of organized busking events and there were some steep learning curves to plow through, but the people and the places were a great joy.  No where else can I meet such a diverse group of people in one room.  Musicians, comics, contortionists, fire acts, freak show acts, magicians,  visual artists, dancers, people who make bologna sandwiches with their feet,  and combinations of all of the above — all in one world-wide, yet tightly knit community.  It’s truly something to experience.
In a warm and dry climate I could continue drawing on the pavement, but winter hits hard in Canada.  Now it’s time to focus on the other festivals.  Film, to be exact.  Be sure to watch for my updates on that front.

at "Big on Bloor", Toronto

at"Big on Bloor", Toronto

Welcome To The New Site!

October 2, 2008 by  
Filed under News

Welcome, Family, Friends and Enemies!  It’s been a long time coming (about four years), but my site is finally refreshed and updateable.
I’m excited to be able to share news with everyone again.  Be sure to sign up for the email updates!  Now go browse around a little.  You’re makin’ me nervous, kid.