Sarah McLachlan has expanded her tour plans for 2011 from a previously announced 23-date itinerary into a robust 40-date trek across North America. The on-going Sarah & Friends Tour still contains two distinct legs — one in the states, and one through the provinces — but a gap that formerly separated the two has been filled with new events.

Most of the updates fall in the U.S. portion of the tour, which launches New Year’s Eve at Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre in Atlantic City, NJ. The additions begin with a second night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY, where the singer-songwriter will now play January 12 and 13.

From there, the American jaunt continues with a January 14 concert at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, and then restarts after a brief break with a February 2 event at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR. The U.S. calendar presently concludes with a February 17 show at Murat Theatre in Indianapolis.

In McLachlan’s native Canada, the next leg of the tour kicks off March 1 at the Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC. Second nights have been added in a couple cities, keeping McLachlan on-stage March 17-18 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON, and March 24-25 at St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, QC. A new end-date has also been assigned for March 26 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON.

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Ticket sales have opened in select cities already, though public onsales for a few more recently announced concerts are still upcoming, such as the December 17 onsale for Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre show.

Ticket prices also vary, depending on the market. Based on current event listings, the majority of prices seem to fall within the $30 to $70 price range, though several markets in Canada list ticket face values up to $95.

Despite suffering soft ticket sales on the 2010 Lilith Tour, McLachlan has enjoyed the relative success of her headline tour.

The Sarah & Friends Tour launched in November with nine events in the United States. The program features a headline set by the veteran singer-songwriter, as well as opening sets and accompaniment provided by Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland (the tour’s titular “friends”).

Sarah McLachlan itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

December 31 Atlantic City, NJ Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre
January 1 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand
January 2 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
January 3 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
January 5 Akron, OH E.J. Thomas Hall
January 6 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Performing Arts Center
January 7 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
January 8 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
January 10 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
January 11 Boston, MA The Opera House
January 12 – 13 New York, NY Beacon Theatre *
January 14 Morgantown, WV West Virginia University *
February 2 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
February 3 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theater *
February 4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre *
February 6 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre *
February 9 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre *
February 10 Santa Ynez, CA Chumash Casino *
February 11 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre *
February 12 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Special Events Center *
February 14 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall *
February 15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre *
February 16 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater *
February 17 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre *
March 1 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
March 2 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
March 3 Prince George, BC CN Centre
March 4 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
March 6 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
March 7 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
March 8 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
March 16 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre
March 17 – 18 Toronto, ON Massey Hall *
March 21 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum Complex
March 22 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
March 24 – 25 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre *
March 26 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre *