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Manitoba organic farmer Wayne James makes his fourth festival appearance with a monologue/rant about the irreparable harm that man is wreaking on the planet.

Home, which was performed tentatively for the first time Wednesday, is more of a pro-environment lecture than entertainment, despite the pair of songs the earnest guitarist throws into his hour-long chat. The barefoot James, sporting a grey ponytail, remembers being a chemical farmer in Lydiatt until the day in 1999 when he concluded he was spraying “Dr. Death” on his crops, adding “Everything we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.” He urges Canadians to end the insanity, rise up and vote for the right people to go to Ottawa.

James speaks from his heart but has trouble remembering his script by heart. His opening-night show felt more like a shaky rehearsal. At one point he lost his train of thought and conceded he wasn’t as worked up as he was supposed to be. In many respects, his parting number Passing Through underlined his message much more effectively and subtly.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

Hi, Home is my fourth show at the Winnipeg Fringe. At this time (three months before), I can't say for sure what will be in the show. I can tell you I'm an organic farmer, and I try to honour the craft of storytelling. There is an ancient understanding that holds life to be eternal, that mankind's purpose is to balance this force, this energy. As a cultural society we seem to be missing the mark. I also believe in happy endings. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you at the Fringe.

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