Canadian indie darlings Stars will be backing their forthcoming album 'The North' with an extensive North American tour that will feature a slew of dates supporting fellow Canucks Metric in their home country and a lengthy U.S. headlining trek with a nice surprise: Any fan who buys a ticket to a headlining show will receive a free copy of 'The North.'

That free copy will come in the form of a digital download available on the disc's Sept. 4 release date, plus the immediate opportunity to download first track 'The Theory of Relativity.' That track is currently available for free to anybody -- ticket purchasers or not -- on the band's website, but that may not last, so you may want to get it now for free while you still can. For those looking to buy tickets, they are now on sale, also at the band's website.

2012 Stars Tour Dates:

9/20 -- Portland, Maine | Port City Music Hall
9/21 -- Boston, Mass. | Paradise
9/22 -- New York, N.Y. | Webster Hall
9/23 -- Washington, D.C. | 9:30 Club
9/25 -- Charlottesville, Va. | Jefferson Theater
9/26 -- Carrboro, N.C. | Cat's Cradle
9/27 -- Charlotte, N.C. | Visulite Theatre
9/28 -- Atlanta, Ga. | Variety Playhouse
9/29 -- Nashville, Tenn. | Mercy Lounge
10/2 -- Louisville, Ky. | Headliners Music Hall
10/3 -- Cincinnati, Ohio | 20th Century Theatre
10/4 -- Indianapolis, Ind. | Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/5 -- St. Louis, Mo. | Plush
10/6 -- Columbia, Mo. | The Blue Note
10/9 -- Lawrence, Kansas | The Bottleneck
10/10 -- Tulsa, Okla. | Cain's Ballroom
10/11 -- Little Rock, Ark. | Revolution Music Room
10/12 -- Houston, Texas | Fitzgerald's Upstairs
10/13 -- Dallas, Texas | Granada Theatre
10/14 -- Austin, Texas | Austin City Limits *
10/17 -- San Diego, Calif. | House of Blues
10/18 -- Los Angeles, Calif. | Mayan Theater
10/19 -- Santa Cruz, Calif. | Rio Theatre
10/20 -- San Francisco, Calif. | The Fillmore
11/7 -- Portland, Ore. | Aladdin Theatre
11/8 -- Seattle, Wash. | Showbox
11/9 --Victoria, British Columbia | Save on Centre # *
11/10 -- Vancouver, British Columbia | Rogers Arena # *
11/12 -- Kelowna, British Columbia | Prospera Place # *
11/14 -- Calgary, Alberta | Stampede Corral # *
11/15 -- Edmonton, Alberta | Rexall Place # *
11/17 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba | MTS Centre # *
11/19 -- London, Ontario | John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 -- Kingston, Ontario | K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 -- Toronto, Ontario | Air Canada Centre # *

* - ticket does not include album download
# - with Metric