Volume 5 Issue 7

straight from the pony's mouth


Ian McLeod

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 July Pals!

Beth (Goose) 2nd
l Katherine (K8) 4th
l Mitch (Chinchilla) 6th
l Brian O 20th
l Tracy T 21st
l Neal (Wildcat) 24th
l Eric 27th
l Dan (Chameleon) 29th

Happy Anniversary:
lTerry & Kathleen
july 17th

lAdd your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

Did you know Canada Day, our national day of pride was established in 1879 under the name "Dominion Day" and became known under its current name in 1982?

BANKfest July 10
Sunday July 10 marks Ottawa's 1st Annual Bankfest on Bank St between Cooper and Lewis 11am - 9pm

Parks Day July 16
Established in 1989, Parks Day focuses public attention on the issue of natural heritage conservation in Canada and on the importance of national, provincial and territorial parks.
visit for scheduled events.

The full moon will grace us on Thursday the 21st (definately a good night to come out to Royal Britannia or The Brig) to howl at the moon with our canine friends Dog & Hound.

...and now for some unusual observances:

July marks:

lNatl Anti-Boredom Month
lNatl Hot Dog Month
lNatl Ice Cream Month

lNude Recreation Week
(wk 2)

l1 Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
l1 Build A Scarecrow Day
l1 Jokes Day
l2 I Forgot Day
l2 Intl Joke Day
l3 Disobedience Day
l3 Stay out of the Sun Day
l4 Independence Day (U.S.)
l4 Natl Country Music Day
l4 Compliment your Mirror Day
l4 Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
l5 Work-a-holics Day
l6 Natl Fried Chicken Day
l7 Chocolate Day
l7 Natl Strawberry
l7 Sundae Day
l8 Video Games Day
l9 Natl Sugar Cookie Day
l10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day
l11 Cheer up the Lonely Day
l11 World Population Day
l12 Different Colored Eyes Day
l12 Pecan Pie Day
l13 Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
l13 Embrace Your Geekness Day
l13 Fool's Paradise Day
l14 Bastille Day
l14 Panedmonium Day
l14 National Nude Day
l15 Ice Cream Cone Day
l15 Tapioca Pudding Day
l15 Cow Appreciation Day
l16 Intl Juggling Day
l17 Natl Ice Cream Day
l17 Peach Ice Cream Day
l18 Natl Caviar Day
l19 Natl Raspberry Cake Day
l20 Moon Day
l20 Ugly Truck Day
l21 Natl Junk Food Day
l22 Ratcatcher's Day
l23 Natl Hot Dog Day
l23 Vanilla Ice Cream Day
l24 Cousins Day
l24 Emilia Earhart Day
l25 Threading the Needle Day
l26 All or Nothing Day
lAunt and Uncle Day
l27 Take a Plant for a Walk Day
l28 Natl Milk Chocolate Day
l29 Parent's Day
l30 Natl Cheesecake Day
l30 Father-in-Law Day
l31 Mutt's Day

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

Now 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 "Living Logo" Series & "masterpiece theatre" Dog & Pony Style.

Check out the ongoing antics of various friends inspired by the Dog & Pony 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
l Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Special Events: Canada Day, Bankfest, Parks Day, Take A Plant For A Walk Day, Ugly Truck Day, and more...
l DOG & PONY Sound Singer Showcase: Voting Results
l Song Library: Newest Songs
l Newest Web & Forum Features: Online Calendar, Photo Galleries
l Singing Tip: A Simple Warmup is the Best Warmup
l Show Schedule: July 2005



You chose who you thought would best represent DOG & PONY Sound in our 2nd Annual Singer Showcase.


Visit our forum for complete list of singers who will be representing DOG & PONY Sound and instructions on song choice and scheduling.

2005 will take place on a very special stage in the middle of Ottawa's newest festival and street party, BANKFEST! from 3-7pm Sunday July 10th

This year, the winners of our showcase spots will be entertaining 1000's of people at a 4 hour extravaganza from a professional stage right on Bank St.  We're stoked!!!!

If you did not win a spot in the showcase, you may still sing with us during our Karaoke fundraiser from 11am-3pm (before the Showcase) and after the festival as party will continue at Swizzles, 246 Queen St. into the wee small hours.



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

NOW Richie
The Hound will be joined each week by a different co-host: Cougar, Coyote, Kitty, Gator & Beaver [see staff news for scheduling]

This venue kicks butt! Great food, great service, and great fun! 9pm-1am 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 and
Fridays with Hound

This is a fun room that always has more people partying than singing so if you like to sing lots, this is definately 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. Christmas in July is rumoured..



O'BRIEN'S, 1145 Heron Rd. has had a face lift! If you haven't been to OBeez in a while, check it out!

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

O'Brien's is celebrating Canada Day with 3 back-to-back nights of singing, dancing, & friendship. We've added a SPECIAL PRE CANADA DAY Thursday Show June 30th with Coyote. Followed by regularly scheduled shows July 1st & 2nd.

Congratulations to Brian on his wedding this month. Sorry girls, he's now officially off the market!
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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.

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SWIZZLES, 246 Queen Street is one of our most comfortable and laid back venues. New carpeting, new paint, new lighting, new chairs, new lounge and new stage and same great service! WOW!

The Swiz 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.
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is the original little pub with the big heart. VIP continues its deliciously naughty karaoke nights every Wednesday & Saturday w/ Gator

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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.
l check your own pal status online
l update your pal status

Our plans to host Pre-Paw Party (otherwise known as a baby shower D&P style) for Marcel & Marie-France are still pending. The place will likely be Swizzles, the date is still undetermined so stay tuned for details.

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:

Having moved from place to place to place, I'd grown tired of making friends only to lose them. For a time, I gave up on the world, lost any and all social skills I had and turned from a once loud-mouthed, obnoxious, extrovert to a seemingly timid, anti-social kid.

D&P Sound has made me realize that living for the moment instead of fearfully anticipating what's to come is a much happier way to go about life. I've met all sorts of interesting and talented people and am beginning to reclaim my long lost extroversion!

My recommendations for the venues will go as far as I do, D&P, hosts and friends. Here's to you!

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. [see latest 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 "K.I.S.S. In The New Year
(A simple warm up is the best warm up)

by Mark Baxter

"The mission of a warm up is to turn you from non-vocal status into a smokin' singing machine. To arrive at maximum potential, you've got to allow enough time to deal with stubborn tensions and coordination issues. A good way to begin warming up is with a hum. Keep your lips together but let your jaw hang down so your teeth are separated. At a very low volume, let your voice find the pitch that requires the least amount of energy to produce. The hum should tickle your lips. Sustain this note for as long as comfortable and repeat with long slow relaxed breaths in between. Test other notes in the neighborhood and see if they can be hummed as easily. Don't test the range just yet; the goal is to make the voice feel good first.

Next, change the single note hum into a three note melody. Start on your original easy pitch and let the voice rise up three notes and then come back down three notes. Use this simple melody to become aware of any behavior issues. Are you humming the high note as easily as the others? The littlest inconsistency is worth correcting; it will only become a bigger problem when singing. Keep repeating the melody until all three notes feel exactly the same. Once this is achieved raise the starting note of the melody and explore your range. Remember: K.I.S.S. Don't complicate the process by doing to do too much too soon. Let the voice come to you.

When humming feels slippery, it's time to move on. With the word "me," sing a five note scale (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1) placing the "M" on steps 1, 3, 5, 3 and 1 (ME-EE-ME-EE-ME-EE-ME-EE-ME). This should sound smooth; not choppy. Singing this way allows the vocal folds to assume a little more load while still retaining the advantages of a hum. Watch that your air does not dump out while making the EE. Always let the voice crack and blank out on high notes rather then push them. Let the registers change reflexively, never adjust your face or increase the volume to avoid head voice or falsetto. Give things time to coordinate. Hang around awkward areas with a focus on keeping your behavior simple. Switching the EE vowel to an AH (MA-AH-MA-AH-MA-AH-MA-AH-MA) will increase the work load at the folds even more, but wait until the EE is responding well before doing this.

A good indicator that you are warmed up is an independent tongue and jaw. To encourage this, let your jaw hang open and place your index finger on your chin. Using the same five note scale above, alternate between AH and EE vowels without moving the chin (AH-EE-AH-EE-AH-EE-AH-EE-AH). Your finger is there to remind you to let the tongue do the moving - not the jaw. Just the rear portion of the tongue needs to rise to pronounce an EE; you don't need to spread your mouth or smile. When this action becomes easy you should increase the speed. Make sure you don't drive harder - singing fast does not require fast air. Only after you are able to access your entire range without pushing should you explore singing louder. Gradually increase the volume of these scales until you reach what you'll need on stage. Watch for volume-based tensions creeping in. Slowly roll your shoulders and move your head around while vocalizing to make sure you don't get locked up."

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NOW Serving your singing fix 7 glorious nights a week!
  • Mon Biddy Mulligan's, 303 Bank St. 9pm-1am 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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