Furtado starts in her hometown of Victoria, B.C., January 28 and plays a few shows in the area before traveling south for a run around the States. She’ll end the tour up northin Toronto in mid-April.

While this isn’t Furtado’s first headlining venture, the new shows will feature her in much larger venue settings that her sold out club tour last spring. Playing the theatre/auditorium ring means Furtado will get to sing to crowds in the 1,000-5,000 capacity range – still providing an intimate setting but allowing room for more fans to catch her.

Proving popular with the everyday consumer and with industry execs as well, Furtado has just been nominated for four Grammy Awards, including best new artist, song of the year (“Like A Bird”), best pop vocal album and best female pop vocal performance, all riding on the strength of her hugely successful Whoa, Nelly! debut.

In addition, she has received a nod in the international artist category for the Brit Awards. One-man-band Citizen Cope is garnering a buzz similar to the one Furtado generated when she first broke out.

Comprising just one member – Clarence Greenwood – who’s responsible for keys, guitars, DJ-ing, singing, songwriting and producing, Citizen Cope dabbles in everything from blues to hip-hop, country, soul and funk.

Citizen Cope opened a few times for Furtado on her club tour in 2001 and spent a significant amount of time helping out Ben Folds and Live later on in the year. His self-titled debut hits the street January 29.