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Owen Riegling Is Going on a Tour of Small Towns in Canada

The emerging Mildmay, Ontario country singer is forgoing big city venues to perform for free in twelve small-town bars around the country. As for bigger Canadian markets, Billy Idol, Deep Purple, Sean Paul and more have also announced new Canadian dates.

Owen Riegling

Owen Riegling

Matt Berinato

Canadian country singer Owen Riegling is buckling up for a unique summer tour. The emerging artist is honouring his small town roots — Riegling hails from Mildmay, Ontario — with free performances in 12 small-town bars across four provinces.

The term small-town is a bit loose here: several of the performances are actually in small-ish cities like Thunder Bay, Saskatoon and Sault Ste. Marie. But they're certainly in places that often get overlooked by touring acts, especially rapidly rising stars like Riegling.


Riegling was named a Spotify Artist to Watch and Amazon Music Breakthrough Artist this year, and just picked up three CMAOntario Award nominations. His single "Old Dirt Roads," an ode to small-town living, has spent eight weeks on the Canadian Hot 100.

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The tour is sponsored by a certain beer brand, and accompanying the announcement is a brand new single from Riegling, "Bud Light The Way."

Riegling's Buckle Up Tour kicks off on May 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and will take Riegling through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, concluding in Riegling's hometown of Mildmay on May 24. Each show will feature an opening performance from a local artist.

Tickets go on sale via the Buckle Up website April 12 at 10 am EST.

Find the full list of dates below:

Monday, May 6, 2024 – Fort McMurray, AB
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – Banff, AB
Thursday, May 9, 2024 – Blairmore, AB
Saturday, May 11, 2024 – Saskatoon, SK
Monday, May 13, 2024– Brandon, MB
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Timmins, ON
Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Embrun,
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – Brantford, ON
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – Chatham, ON
Friday, May 24, 2024 – Mildmay, ON

More Canadian Concert News

Riegling isn't the only artist announcing Canadian dates.

Glam rocker Billy Idol announced his Rebel Yell Canada 2024 arena tour this week, which features 13 dates across Canada this summer. The Rebel Yell tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Idol's classic album by the same name, beginning in Vancouver on July 30 and closing out in St. John's, Newfoundland, Aug. 25.

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With summer getting closer, plenty of musicians are coming out of hibernation to reveal their summer plans. Punjabi-Canadian artist Karan Aujla announced today his first Canadian tour, set for August. Missy Elliott will also play three Canadian dates on her first-ever headlining tour, which kicks off July 4 in Vancouver.

Dancehall icon Sean Paul has announced seven Canadian dates, set for August and September. Deep Purple are coming to Toronto and Montreal in August as part of their Smoke on the Water 50th Anniversary tour and Maroon 5 have announced plans to play Toronto's Budweiser Stage on June 25. Check out more recent Canadian tour announcements here.

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Arthur Fogel photographed in Los Angeles.
Lane Dorsey

Arthur Fogel photographed in Los Angeles.

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