For the second year in a row, independent rocker Sufjan Stevens will tour North America as he reportedly works on new material. His 24-date...

For the second year in a row, independent rocker Sufjan Stevens will tour North America as he reportedly works on new material. His 24-date tour begins October 12 at Metropolis Theatre in Montreal, QC, and is scheduled to run coast-to-coast, as opposed to last year’s Northeast-based circuit.

Similar to last year’s North American tour, Stevens will once again close his fall itinerary with a series of shows in the metro New York region. This year’s venue for the two-nighter will be the 2,894-seat Beacon Theatre, a notable upgrade from the 550-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg that housed the closing shows in fall 2009.

During the one-month jaunt, Stevens and his backing band are slated to perform October 15 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; October 23 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA; and November 6 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, among other U.S. markets.

North of the border, the singer-songwriter has additional stops planned on October 13 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON, and October 28 at Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC, one of the West Coast markets that he missed last year.

Ticket presales for the entire tour begin tomorrow afternoon, August 10 at 1 p.m. (ET), and the first public onsales will start later in the week on August 13. Most markets have tickets priced in the $30 or $35 range, though some have tickets marked lower ($22 in Seattle) and higher ($40 in Toronto), according to the Stevens-founded record label Asthmatic Kitty.

Also similar to his previous fall outing, a couple of anti-scalping measures are being introduced for the tour’s ticket sales. Orders will be limited to four tickets per person, and tickets in the first 20 rows will be available via Will Call only, according to the record label site.

Stevens enacted slightly more restrictive measures last year, when orders were limited to just two tickets per person, and pick-up was restricted to Will Call only with a valid ID for all orders. Many markets on the fall 2009 calendar sold out in a matter of minutes, and the entire tour sold out within two days.

The quick sell-out prompted Stevens and his opening act on the tour, Cryptacize, to release a statement regarding the sales process. “As music fans ourselves, we feel very strongly that scalping violates the democratic nature of the music we are trying to create and share,” the message read in part.

The fall 2009 tour message later added that anyone who had used multiple credit cards to purchase tickets would also be turned away by the venues, per “explicit instructions” from the artists. The message explained, “That these are smaller venues means that they are able to filter multiple buyers more carefully, or recognize someone that has left the venue and is trying to re-enter a second time.”

Stevens released two orchestral projects in fall 2009 — “The BQE” and “Run Rabbit Run.” This time around, the multi-instrumentalist is reportedly working on a new project with another staple of the indie music scene, The National. A project title and exact release date have not been announced.

Sufjan Stevens itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

October 12Montreal, QCMetropolis Theatre
October 13Toronto, ONMassey Hall
October 14Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Music Theater
October 15Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
October 16Minneapolis, MNOrpheum Theater
October 17Kansas City, MOUptown Theater
October 19Austin, TXLong Center for the Performing Arts
October 20Dallas, TXMcFarlin Memorial Auditorium
October 22Mesa, AZMesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater
October 23Los Angeles, CAThe Wiltern
October 26Oakland, CAParamount Theater
October 28Vancouver, BCOrpheum Theatre
October 29Portland, ORArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 30Seattle, WAParamount Theatre
November 1Salt Lake City, UTKingsbury Hall
November 2Denver, COParamount Theatre
November 4Indianapolis, INHilbert Circle Theatre
November 5Knoxville, TNBijou Theater
November 6Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle
November 7Asheville, NCThomas Wolfe Auditorium
November 10Philadelphia, PAKimmel Center
November 11Boston, MAOrpheum Theatre
November 14 – 15New York, NYBeacon Theatre