Dan’s play The Team on the Hill had a sellout run at the Blyth Festival in 2019. The Last Christmas Turkey, a musical he wrote with composer Clive VanderBurgh, set a new box office record for Theatre Orangeville in December 2016 and returns to the theatre in December. He continues to write columns for farm publications and is touring a new show A Guide to Rural Living with folksinger Ian Bell.
In 2015, Needles was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Dan and his wife live on a small farm near Collingwood where they raise sheep.