Rod Beattie appointed to Order of Canada

Rod as Malvolio

Rod Beattie was appointed Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General during the sesquicentennial celebrations on July 1, 2017. A veteran of the Stratford Festival, he is best known for his heartwarming performances in the beloved Wingfield Farm series, one of the longest running stage productions in the country. … [Read more...]

Baco Noir opens at Theatre Orangeville

Dan with Baco cast 2015

Dan (centre) toasts the opening of his new play Baco Noir with cast members (l-r) Terry Barna, Jay Davis, Perrie Olthuis, Craig Pike and Artistic Director David Nairn. The play runs May 8-24 in Orangeville and moves to Theatre Collingwood May 26-31. … [Read more...]

Dan Needles Joins Order of Canada

Dan with cows

Dan was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada on December 27, 2014 by Governor General of Canada David Johnston for  "celebrating rural communities as the playwright of the much-loved Wingfield Farm series, and for championing the dramatic arts outside of Canada’s major … [Read more...]

Larkspur Farm

Dan Needles Farm

For the past 30 years I’ve made a living writing about rural Canada, which is a bit odd considering I am an immigrant to this patch of ground I call home. I’m an American immigrant for my sins. I am descended from two families of peasant farmers who fled across the Atlantic in the 1600s in search of free land and spent the next three centuries roaming North America trying to … [Read more...]