A little over a year ago the Pixies jumped on the full-album-in-concert wagon and took 1989’s Doolittle on a trip throughout the US. But now the Boston quartet is taking the show to the Great White North with 14 Canadian dates (and two shows in the US) announced for the spring.

The last Doolittle tour featured some slicin’ up eyeballs with a screening of Un Chien Andalou, a handful of b-sides including “Manta Ray” and “Into The White,” and, the star of the show, Doolittle, played straight through, from “Debaser” to “Gouge Away,” with nary a pause. And, naturally, there was an encore of some Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa favorites.

An wouldn’t you know, the Pixies exquisite box set monstrosity Minotaur—unparalleled in cool collectors editions, but, hey, it weighs more than a toddler—has received a Grammy nomination for “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.” The collection packed more bling than 50 Cent’s grillz with all five Pixies albums on 24k gold-plated CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray of the Pixies’ 1991 performance at London’s Brixton Academy, and a 54-page art book from photographer Simon Larbalestier and designer Vaughan Oliver, of 4AD fame.

Tour Dates For Pixies:
04/09 – Halifax, NS – Metro Centre
04/10 – Moncton, NB – Centre-Casino Moncton
04/12 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Albert-Rousseau
04/13 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
04/16 – Ottawa, ON – Civic Centre
04/17 – Kitchener, ON – The Center In The Square
04/18 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
04/20 – Hamilton, ON – Wentworth Room
04/22 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
04/23 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
04/24 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
04/27 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall
04/29 – Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
04/30 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
05/01 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
05/03 – Vancouver, BD – Orpheum Theatre