"Barenaked In America" To Debut At Slamdance

A documentary about the Barenaked Ladies shot by actor and fellow Canadian Jason Priestly will be making its U.S. debut at the Slamdance Movie Festival in Utah in late January.

Slamdance (largely geared to first time filmmakers) is the independent alternative to the massive Sundance Festival staged in the area at the same time, and the 89-minute "Barenaked in America" (which follows the group on tour around the country) will be shown at a special screening.

In related news, Priestly joined the band on stage at a special Christmas concert in San Francisco last week to sing "Do They Know It's Christmas," as did guest stars Joan Osbourne and Dido.

That show saw singer Steven Page tell the audience that keyboardist Kevin Hearn had "kicked cancer's butt" and will be joining the band when they work on a new album next year.

Hearn has been recouperating at home from a battle with leukemia. A spokesperson for Nettwerk, the band's management company, confirms that Hearn

is expected to join the band for a handful of tour dates at the end of the year including a New Years Eve performance in Buffalo, New York.