Volume 5 Issue 8

straight from the pony's mouth


Larry J

our pal
of the month

We feature a different Pal every month as a thank you to those special people who have shared their support and friendship not only with us, but with the entire community.

l check your pal status
l update your pal status
l past pals of the month

lYou can also update your pal status at any of our shows. See your host for a "We Don't Wanna Miss A Pal" form.


Happy Birthday August Pals!

3 Tom (Rasta)
l6 John Briggs
l7 Scotty (Cougar)
l14 Steve (Lizard King)
l15 Ali (Hummingbird)
l20 Andrew (Wolf)
l23 Freddy
l25 Mike (Beaver)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar
so you can stay out later and play this Sunday at Swizzles ;)

The full moon will grace us on Friday the 19th.
A great night to come out to O'Brien's to howl at the moon with Dog or Swizzles with Kitty.

...and now for some unusual observances:

August marks:

lAdmit You're Happy Month
lFamily Fun Month
lCatfish Month
lEye Exam Month
l Golf Month
lPeach Month
lRomance Awareness Month
lWater Quality Month
lBlueberry Month
lPicnic Month

Weekly Events:
lWk 1 Simplify your Life Wk
lWeek 2 Smile Week
lWeek 3 Friendship Week

Daily Observances:
l1 Friendship Day
l1 Raspberry Cream Pie Day
l2 Friendship Day
l2 Ice Cream Sandwich Day
l3 Watermelon Day
l4 U.S. Coast Guard Day
l4 Mustard Day
l5 Sisters Day
l6 Chinese Valentine's Day l6Forgiveness Day
l6Wiggle Your Toes Day
l7 Lighthouse Day
l8 Senior Citizen's Day
l8Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
l10 Lazy Day
l10 S'mores Day
l11 Presidential Joke Day
l11Son and Daughter Day
l12 Middle Child's Day
l13 Blame Someone Else Day
l13Left Hander's Day
l14 Creamsicle Day
l15 Relaxation Day
l16 Tell a Joke Day
l17 Thriftshop Day
l18 Bad Poetry Day
l19 Aviation Day
l20 Radio Day
l21 Hawaii Day
l22 Be an Angel Day
l22Tooth Fairy Day
l23 Ride the Wind Day
l25 Kiss and Make Up Day
l26 Women's Equality Day
l27 Just Because Day
l28 Race your Mouse Day
l29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day
l30 Toasted Marshmallow Day
l31 Trail Mix Day

We've added more new features to our message forum.

Now all of our registered users can enjoy a personal BLOG hosted on our site FREE.

Adding your birthday to the
Calendar has never been easier. Simply add your birthday to your profile when you join the forum and it will automatically appear on the calendar each year.

You can also add special events such as your birthday party. Let us all know where and when you will be celebrating.

Our message forum is a great way to get to know the people you see at many of the shows. It is also the 1st place to learn about special events, parties, newest songs and what's happening in the community.

Drop us a line when you register so we can grant you special access to the forums for our local singers ...the PALS Zone.

We're always adding new photos to all the venue galleries.

Recently we added two new photo galleries, The Singer Showcase 2005 and Benny's Pig Roast.

Check out the ongoing antics of various friends inspired by our DOG & PONY Sound Logo:
"Living Logo" Series

... And our "Masterpiece Theatre" Dog & Pony Style: where we applaude the creative, the inspired, the wacky and the zany...various singers taking songs quite literally.
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l Venue News: News from your favorite venues
l Staff News: What's happening in the stables
l Pals News: Paws for thought
l Pals Stories: Personal Story Submissions - Steve Shares
l Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Special Events: Friendship Day, Sister's Day, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day, Left Hander's Day, Admit you're happy month.
l DOG & PONY Sound Singer Showcase: photos
l Song Library: Newest Songs
l Newest Web & Forum Features: Photo Galleries, Blogs
l Singing Tip: Anatomy 101
l Show Schedule: August 2005



THE DOG & PONY SOUND SINGER SHOWCASE 2005 took place on a very special stage in the middle of Ottawa's newest festival and street party, BANKFEST!

See the photo gallery of singers who represented DOG & PONY Sound this year.

DOG & PONY Sound will host our Singer Showcase 2006
at BANKFEST again next year.


Special Events: Monthly Calendar
l July 31st - Pre-Paw Pal Party - Swizzles 9:30pm-1:30pm
l Aug 4th - Chameleon's Birthday Party at Royal B
l Aug 5th - Rasta's Birthday party at OBeez
l Aug 7th - PURPLE RAIN Screening - Swizzles 6:30 pm
l Aug 10th - Karaoke Beach Party - The LookOut 9:30pm-1:30a


BIDDY MULLIGANS, 303 Bank St. is crazy fun every Monday.

Hound is joined each week by a different co-host: Cougar (wk1), Coyote (wk2), Kitty (wk3), Gator (wk4) & Beaver (wk5)

Great food, great service, and great fun! 9:30pm-1:30am every Monday! and now, Mondays feature 1/2 price pizza!


501 Hazeldean Rd.
(Kanata) features Karaoke 2 nights a week!

Thursdays with Dog
9:30 -1:30
Fridays with Hound

A fun room that often has more people partying than singing so if you like to sing lots, this is the place to be on a Thursday or Friday night!


THE LOOKOUT, 41 York St. (Market) Join the dog for a great howl at the moon Wednesdays 9:30pm-1:30am

You gotta love the balcony overlooking the Market... oh the beautiful people!. Bartenders Matt & Donnie are always upbeat, quirky & fun. You never know what they'll do next.

The Christmas in July Party was great fun.
This month, the Karaoke Beach Party will be Wednesday the 10th. Bring your speedos, your flip flops & your floaties!



O'BRIEN'S, 1145 Heron Rd.

promises a rousing good ole Karaoke Party EVERY Friday & Saturday with the Dog 9:30pm-1:30am!

[map] [photos]


ROYAL BRITANNIA PUB, 1475 Richmond Rd. absolutely rocks every Thursday with "Super" Hound 9pm-1am.

It's just a crazy jumpin' hot night of music, dancing and fun!

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.

[map] [photos]


SWIZZLES, 246 Queen Street features Karaoke Tuesdays & Fridays with Kitty 9:30-1:30 and and Sundays 8:30pm -12:30 with Dog.

Join the Dusty Owl Poetry Group the 3rd Sunday of every month for a special featured reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke.

This month we're hosting a special FREE screening of
on Sunday Aug. 7th followed by Karaoke w/ Dog.
movie starts at 6:30pm
[map] [photos]


is the original little pub with the big heart. VIP continues its deliciously naughty karaoke nights every Wednesday & Saturday w/ Gator
[map] [photos]

STAFF NEWS from the stables:
Pet the Dog Sundays at Swizzles, Wednesdays at The LookOut, Thursdays at The Brig Pub and Fridays & Saturdays at O'Brien's.

Bay with the Hound Thursdays at Royal Britannia Pub, Fridays at The Brig Pub and Mondays at Biddy Mulligan's

Tickle Kitty behind the ears Tuesdays & Fridays at Swizzles and the 3rd Monday of every month with Hound at Biddy Mulligan's

Catch Coyote howling with Hound the 2nd Monday of every month, Gator with Hound the 4th Monday of every month, Cougar and Hound the 1st Monday of every month, and Beaver and Hound the 5th Monday of the month at Biddy Mulligan's

Party with
Gator Wednesdays & Saturdays at VIP 9:30-1:30

[ Meet the entire stable ]


Puppy Paw Pals have sung at 2 (or more) of our venues and have earned the paws for each venue
Pony Paw Pals support our singers by coming out to 2 or more venues to enjoy the show.
check your own pal status online
update your pal status

Join us Sunday July 31st for a Pre-Paw Party (otherwise known as a baby shower D&P style) for Marcel & Marie-France at Swizzles.
They are having their first baby, little Marcel.

Big Marcel has asked that all in attendance join the celebration by singing a song with "baby" in it.

Dan (Chameleon) will be celebrating his birthday at the Royal Britannia on Thursday August 4th

Rasta will be celebrating his birthday at O'Brien's Friday August 5th

Benny's Pig Roast, also known a Hurlfest, the party he throws every 5 years was an enormous amount of fun. We'll keep you posted for the next one so you won't have to miss it.

Special Thanks to all of you for supporting our shows, our hosts and our company. We're proud to have been named Ottawa's Best Karaoke 4 years in a row! But we couldn't have done it without your support! 


Personal Story Submission Via Website:

Steve Shares

A friend I had met back in 2000 got me acquainted with this interesting form of entertainment, taking me to go to this bar. He showed me "The ropes", what to do, what not to do, put up songs, and sing them. I got hooked instantly, and I've enjoyed it since.

There have been times where there was a lag (me not being able to go to a Karaoke event due to conflicting schedules), but when I do, I end up with a feeling of happiness associated with it (doesn't happen all the time, but I do leave feeling much better after a bad day).

Karaoke is my way of singing the songs that I love listening to the most. Now that I've stumbled upon Dog & Pony, I haven't looked elsewhere since. With the thousands and THOUSANDS of songs to choose, I've been able to sing songs I couldn't sing anywhere else, because they don't have as huge of a selection that these people have, and I thank them greatly.

Submit Your Personal Story for Publication. Let us know what karaoke and community has meant to you.


Libraries OnlineWe add new songs to all our libraries regularly.
New to Library #42
New to Library #9¾
New to Library #33.3

[see more new additions here]

Join our message board to keep up on the latest news, weather & sports...uh...songs, shows & events.

Find Your Favorite Library:
Library #42 in use at: LookOut, O'Brien's, Swizzles & Brig Pub
Library #9¾ in use at:
Swizzles, VIP, Royal Britannia & Biddy Mulligan's
Library #33.3 in use at:
Brig Pub


Excerpts from "Anatomy 101"
(Can you put your hand on your diaphragm?)
by Mark Baxter

Singing starts with an inhale. Most people know this action requires the diaphragm but are not aware of its location or how it works. Place your hand over your belly button. This area is NOT your diaphragm; it is the abdominal wall. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle which divides your torso, separating the lungs and heart above (thoracic cavity) from the digestive organs below (abdominal cavity). To locate, place your finger at the bottom of your sternum bone (breast plate); the diaphragm crosses directly behind. Notice it is fairly high up inside the rib cage. Now place your hands on your chest, fingers facing up, with the base of the palms on your nipples. This provides a good visual of the size of your lungs. Made of thousands of tiny air sacks called alveoli, the lungs resemble dense sponges more than balloons. They do not draw in air themselves; they are enlarged as the diaphragm descends (inhale) and reduced as the diaphragm returns (exhale). When you hear the term ‘support’ in relation to singing, it means the diaphragm is able to move up and down freely and make minute adjustments in air pressure. It does not mean to push from the abdominal wall.

The larynx is in the middle of the throat, sitting on top of the windpipe and is the vibrator of the instrument. Its inside diameter is about the size of a quarter. There are two horizontal flaps within the larynx, called vocal folds, which can partially cover the windpipe and vibrate when air passes through. These folds are similar to eyelids in size and shape but are covered by mucus membranes and need to be kept lubricated. There is a network of muscles in and around the folds which manipulate their tension for pitch change, thickness for volume and their position for a variety of tonal qualities. These muscles operate reflexively, like those of the eye, and work best when provided with an appropriate amount of air pressure.

There is a short stretch of throat above the larynx called the pharynx. It is the main resonator of the voice. Most of us imagine this area as having a large diameter; yet we know better than to swallow a penny. The pharynx is lined with sensitive muscles which narrow the internal space further in response to contractions of the abdominal wall. The pharynx connects to the mouth and nasal cavities, also important resonators. The muscles of the tongue and jaw are the strongest in the body, and both brace instinctively to provide extra rigidity to the throat. All these closing actions greatly reduce the potential for overtones. Another reason not to over-drive your air pressure.

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Serving your singing fix 7 glorious nights a week!
  • Mon Biddy Mulligan's, 303 Bank St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound & guest
  • Tues Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Kitty
  • Wed The LookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
  • Wed Village Inn Pub, 313 Bank St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
  • Thurs Royal Britannia,1475 Richmond Rd. 9pm-1am w/Hound
  • Thurs Brig Pub, 501 Hazeldean Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
  • Fri O'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
  • Fri Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Kitty
  • Fri Brig Pub, 501 Hazeldean Rd. 10pm-2am w/Hound
  • Sat O'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
  • Sat Village Inn Pub, 313 Bank St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
  • Sun Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30pm-12:30am w/Dog

* No dogs or ponies have ever been harmed during our shows

Phone: (613) 820-2600 - office hours 2pm-2am daily

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