I figured I might as well round out my Elisa Toffoli posts (see my previous coverage of Elisa’s music on So You Think You Can Dance) by listing all of Elisa’s Canadian tour dates and US tour dates. I’m sad that she won’t be coming to Las Vegas, but there’s a decent chance that I could be in Salt Lake City on November 15th and it would be a lot of fun to catch Elisa in Salt Lake City.
Wed. Oct. 29 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club – Buy Tickets
Thurs. Oct. 30 Montreal QC – Le Savoy
Sun. Nov. 1 Allston, MA – Great Scott – Buy Tickets
Tues. Nov. 4 Vienna, VA (D.C.) – Barns of Wolf Trap
Wed. Nov. 5 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – Buy Tickets
Frid. Nov. 7 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s – Buy Tickets
Tues. Nov. 11 Chicago, Il – Martyrs’
Wed. Nov 12 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway – Buy Tickets
Sat. Nov. 15 Salt Lake City, UT – Venue TBD
Wed. Nov. 19 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy – Buy Tickets
Thurs. Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord – Buy Tickets
Sat. Nov. 22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Mon. Nov. 24 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Here’s a quick biography of Elisa Toffoli:
Italian-born singer-songwriter Elisa, a multi-platinum, award-winning star in her native country, will launch her first tour of the United States and Canada on October 29. As acclaimed internationally for her powerful live performances as for her inspired, emotionally direct pop-rock recordings, Elisa has appeared on various world stages with music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and Tina Turner. To date, though, her only North American engagements have been singing the Italian national anthem at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and two sold-out shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub in April 2008. Elisa’s highly anticipated upcoming tour is in support of her North American debut album Dancing, released July 15 on Sugar/Universal.
The itinerary kicks off with a show in Toronto on the 29th followed by one in Montreal the next night. The remainder of the tour encompasses coast-to-coast dates in the U.S., beginning with a Boston-area show at Great Scott in Allston on November 1. Highlights also include bookings at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC (11/5), Martyr’s in Chicago (11/11), the Roxy in Los Angeles, CA (11/19) and San Francisco’s Café Du Nord (11/20).
Stateside fans first became familiar with Elisa when Dancing’s title track was featured in a breathtaking routine on So You Think You Can Dance in June 2007. Organic fan reaction from that airing has since accumulated over 1 million views of the clip on YouTube, and propelled the song to the Top 20 on iTunes, where it reached close to 100,000 paid downloads prior to the album’s release. Another stand-out track from Dancing, “Rock Your Soul,” has also been featured on the hit program.
Other album highlights include the ethereal, hypnotic ballad “Rainbow,” which has a new video spotlighting Lacey Schwimmer, who originally danced to “Dancing” when it captivated music lovers on SYTYCD. Also featured are the passionate album opener “The Waves,” the heartbreaking “Broken,” the rock-flavored “Stranger” and an elegiac take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Another cover, Elisa’s dreamlike rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” is available exclusively on the iTunes version of the album.
To date, Elisa’s artistry has been honored with major awards including five from Italy’s prestigious Festival di Sanremo, an MTV European Music Awards Best Italian Artist win and a Tenco Award for Best Debut Album for Pipes And Flowers (’97). With her North American album and touring debut, Elisa is poised to win honors and hearts in the new world as well. “Having the opportunity to play here, especially, is very important because for me, it really comes down to the face to face with an audience,” says Elisa. “I’m very curious about what that will be like on the tour. I believe that we are all the same, that the world is one place. I want to see if that is true.”