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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Dan Needles won the 2003 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for With Axe & Flask and his Wingfield Farm stage plays have appeared in theatres across North America. His columns have been published in Harrowsmith-Country Life, Country Guide, Small Farm Canada, In the Hills, On the Bay, Watershed and other publications. Needles was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his work that celebrates the people of rural Canada. He lives with his wife at Larkspur Farm near Collingwood, ON.
True Confessions from the Ninth Concession is a funny and affectionate chronicle of rural life written by Canada’s funniest farmer. In 1988, Needles and his wife left the city to start a family in a country community north of Toronto. They stocked their farm with sheep, cattle, chickens, pigs and eventually, four children. Needles’ charming book unfolds in essays dated from 1997 to 2016, offering homespun advice for successful country living and a laugh-out-loud perspective on small-town life.