1991. Performance Au/In Canada 1970-1990

Ok, if it weren't for my goal of literally listing every book that I know of in which I'm mentioned it would be utterly ridiculous to include this. Indeed, it's so minor that I'd forgotten about it but then I saw it on my bookshelf & thought something to the effect of: 'There's some extremely minimal mention of me in that, isn't there?' & the answer is YES but, wow!, it's about as minimal as it gets!

Incredibly enough, I'm even listed in the index as "Tentatively" for this one! The ironies abound here: YES, I was part of this performance, in fact, here's a photograph from it:

I'm to the right, Peter Pan is lower down, & John Berndt is blindfolded on the left. Of course, my full name is "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE' using tOGGLE cASE.

The reason why this one puny entry is ironic is that the performance wasn't even in Canada, it was in New York City. The "Monty Cantsin" whose name the entry was under is originally Hungarian but, ok, by then he was a Canadian citizen living in NYC. Under those circumstances, calling this a "performance au/in Canada" is stretching things a bit.

On the other hand, between 1970 & 1990, the dates covered by the book, I'd actually performed in Canada 14 times:

3 part action - APT 81, Peking Poolroom, Montréal, CacaNada - Mercredi, 18 Février, 1981

krononautic divector field didaction - APT 81, Peking Poolroom & the streets, Montréal, CacaNada - Samedi, 21 Février?, 1981

Seatbelt Violation Public Works Promotion - Public Works Festival, Toronto, CacaNada - October, 1981

contest at Public Works Festival - YYZ Gallery, Toronto, CacaNada - October 10, 1981

Neoist Parking Meter Action - APT 4, Montréal, CacaNada - October, 1981

Mont Royal Cathedral Painting - APT 4, Montréal, CacaNada - October, 1981

LOW show - APT 4, LOW Theatre, Montréal, CacaNada - October 15?, 1981

American Manoeuvres - APT 4, Vehicule Art & someone's home, Montréal, CacaNada - October, 1981

Parade de Propagande - the Sixth International Apartment Festival, the streets to Phillips Square, Montréal, CacaNada - Lundi, 21 Février, 1983

Blo-Dart Acupuncture &/or Ear-Piercing - the Sixth International Apartment Festival, Consulat Neoiste, Montréal, CacaNada - Vendredi, 25 Février?, 1983

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & t he booed usicians' Mad Scientist Didaction - the Bunker of La Société de Conservation du Présent, Montréal, CacaNada - Samedi, 19 Avril, 1986

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & t he booed usicians' Mad Scientist Didaction - the Rivoli Club, Toronto, CacaNada - Wednesday, April 23, 1986

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & t he booed usicians' Mad Scientist Didaction - the Funnel, Toronto, CacaNada - Thursday, April 24, 1986

Generic As-Beenism - Ultimatum II, Montréal, CacaNada - Sunday, September 13, 1987

Granted, these 'performances' (not always my preferred term) were often underdocumented & in small conspiratorial places or outside as guerrilla actions - but performing at The Rivoli Club, The Funnel, & in Ultimatum II was certainly at least as high profile as much of what's presented in the book. Oh well.

Even more ironically: sometime around 2000 or 2001 I was having drinks with a group of about 8 friends around a table at a bar in BalTimOre. I went to the bar to get another drink & saw an acquaintance who likes my 'performances'. I went to say hi & he introduced me to a fairly ordinary looking guy wearing a black leather jacket who, it was explained, was a performance artist from Toronto.

I was friendly but it quickly became obvious that this guy had a serious chip on his shoulder against me - apparently because I'm more famous as a performer in Toronto than he was. While it's true that an action I'd performed there in 1998 had been so well-liked that I'd been paid a little extra than originally promised (both amounts being small), I was under the impression that I was almost completely obscure. Hence his drunken hostility seemed bizarrely disproportionate. In fact, when I was asked back in 2005 to screen a movie by Pleasure Dome they advertised it as something like "his first appearance in Toronto" which was hardly the case but reinforced my perception of my non-reputation there.

Anyway, I was anxious to get back to my friends at the table, who I rarely got to see, so I excused myself & told the new acquaintance goodbye - to which he retorted very sarcastically something like: 'Yeah, go back to your fucking friends!' Maybe since 1990 I've acquired some acclaim in Toronto but if I have I'm certainly not aware of it & the last time I tried to arrange a performance there the people I wrote didn't even bother to reply.

- March 31, 2016E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE





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to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Anti-Neoism page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Audiography page

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Bibliography page

to my "Blaster" Al Ackerman index

to the site that lists the Books that tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE has something in or is mentioned in


to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Censored or Rejected page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Collaborations website

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (d) compositions page

to Amir-ul Kafirs' Facebook page

to the "FLICKER" home-page for the alternative cinematic experience

to Gifs made by Ryan Broughman

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's GoodReads profile

to Graffiti index

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Home Tapers

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE index page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE'S minimal International Union of Mail Artists page

to a listing of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's manifestations on the Internet Archive

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE as Interviewee index

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE as Interviewer index

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE'S Linked-In profile

for A Mere Outline for One Aspect of a Book on Mystery Catalysts, Guerrilla Playfare, booed usic, Mad Scientist Didactions, Acts of As-Beenism, So-Called Whatevers, Psychopathfinding, Uncerts, Air Dressing, Practicing Promotextuality, Imp Activism, etc..

to the mm index

to see an underdeveloped site re the N.A.A.M.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Multi-Colored Peoples)

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Neoism page

to the DEFINITIVE Neoism/Anti-Neoism website

to the Philosopher's Union website

to the tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE movie-making "Press: Criticism, Interviews, Reviews" home-page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Score Movies


to find out more about why the S.P.C.S.M.E.F. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Sea Monkeys by Experimental Filmmakers) is so important

to the "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - Sprocket Scientist" home-page

to the Tattoos index

to Psychic Weed's Twitter page

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Vimeo index

to Vine movies relevant to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE made by Ryan Broughman

to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's presence in the Visual Music Village

for info on tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's tape/CD publishing label: WIdémoUTH

to a very small selection of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's Writing

to the onesownthoughts YouTube channel