Volume 5 Issue 6

straight from the pony's mouth


Terry (aka Coyote)

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 June Pals

Susan (Sneakers) 5
l Troy (Vanilla Gorilla) 5
l Mike (Wyld Dawg) 13
l Leah (Shinypants) 15
l Jessica 15
l Kat 19
l Richie (Hound) 24

Add your name to our Birthday Calendar

June bears witness to celebrations of Dads everywhere on Father's Day Sunday the 19th.

Two days later, on the 21st we all get to celebrate the 1st day of Summer!

St. Jean Baptiste Day
falls on Friday the 24th.

...and the full moon will grace us on Wednesday the 22nd (definately a good night to come out to VIP).

...and now for some unusual (I swear I'm not making these up) observances:

-Donut Days: 6 & 7
-Upsy Daisy Day: 8
-Blame Someone Else Day: 13
-Intl Skeptics Day: 13
-World Sauntering Day: 19
-Take Your Dog to Work Day 20
-Join Hands Day: 21
-Pick Up Some Litter Day: 21
-Let It Go Day: 23
-Creation of the Senses Day: 24
-Decide to Be Married Day: 27
We've added many new features to our message forum.
The 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 but this month we added two new photo galleries to our Website.

Check out the antics of various friends inspired by the Dog & Pony Logo:
"Living Logo" Series

... And the new "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 Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Special Events: Father's Day, St. Jean Baptiste, Donut Day...
l DOG & PONY Sound Singer Showcase: July 10th!!!
l Song Library: Newest songs
l New Web & Forum Features: Living Logos, Drama Gallery
l Singing Tip: Maximum Range
l Show Schedule: June 2005



Join DOG & PONY Sound Sunday July 10th as we host an open stage Karaoke fundraiser from 10am-3pm followed by:

2005 from 3-7pm on a very special stage in the middle of Ottawa's newest festival and street party, BANKFEST!

The party will then continue at Swizzles
into the wee small hours.

We will be featuring all our hosts throughout the day.

Two years ago, our Singer Showcase took place at Barrymores to an audience of just over 200. [see Showcase photos]

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!!!!

You choose who you feel will best represent DOG & PONY Sound in our 2nd Annual Singer Showcase.

It's important to note that you may not participate unless you have voted. Polls close June 29th. We will announce the winners in the July Newsletter.

[see list of qualifying singers & download ballots here]

If you do not win a spot in the showcase, you may still sing with us during our Karaoke fundraiser from 10am-3pm (before the Showcase) and after the festival at Swizzles, 246 Queen St. until close.



BIDDY MULLIGANS , 303 Bank St. is our newest venue. Richie The Hound and Mike The Beaver both threw a wicked opening night party last month with a full room of singers and party animals. Well things haven't slowed down since. This venue kicks butt! Great food, great service, and great fun! 9pm-1am every Monday!

Mike (Wyld Dawg) will be celebrating his birthday at Biddy Mulligan's Monday June 13th.

[photos] *new


BRIG PUB, 501 Hazeldean Rd. (Kanata) features Karaoke 2 nights a week! Thursdays with Dog 9:30 -1:30 and Fridays with Hound 10pm-2am.

Note the shows now start and end later.

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.


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

One of my favorite rooms (gotta love the balcony overlooking the Market...and oh the beautiful people!). Bartenders Matt & Donnie are always upbeat, quirky & fun. You never know what they'll do next.

Last month the LookOut threw a karaoke pizza party in honor of Donnie's birthday with free pizza for everyone.

Kat will be celebrating her birthday at The LookOut June 19th.
Stay tuned for the "Christmas in July" Karaoke Party



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

All you can eat Lunch Buffet 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Thursdays & Fridays.

...and of course 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 The Super-Hound 9pm-1am.

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.




SWIZZLES, 246 Queen Street is one of our most comfortable 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 Miss Kitty 9:30-1:30 and and Sundays 8:30pm -12:30 with the Dog.

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

Last month The Dusty Owls featured a heart warming acoustic set by Steve Muss. A truly a wonderful night. Beaver & Pony performed some original pieces on the Owl's open stage despite rusty guitar fingers, others read inspiring words of wisdom, some of nonsense, all of it fun!..and our own Miss Kitty won the monthly poetry challenge.

Stay tuned for details on the BIG PARKING LOT KARAOKE PARTY Friday July 8th!
[map] [photos]


VILLAGE INN PUB, 313 Bank St. is the original little pub with the big heart. VIP continues its deliciously naughty karaoke nights every Wednesday & Saturday 9:30-1:30 w/Miss Kitty

Thanks to everyone who came out to party with the us. I dusted off my hosting cap to fill in for Miss Kitty on the 25th. It was incredibly fun. A special thanks to Delaney and Denis who baked me this beautiful and tasty chocolate "song slip".

Leah will be celebrating her birthday at VIP on June 15th.

[map] [photos]

STAFF NEWS from the stables:
Coyote can be found almost everywhere there is a DOG & PONY Show ...athough he's not currently hosting a regular weekly show, he can be counted on to provide support (moral and otherwise) and smoke breaks for his stable (and unstable) mates at our various shows about town.

Our busy lil' Beaver and our darling Hound are definately making it happen at Biddy Mulligan's Monday Nights.

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

Tickle Miss Kitty behind the ears four glorious nights a week: Tuesdays & Fridays at Swizzles, Wednesdays & Saturdays at VIP.

Bay with the
Hound Thursdays at Royal Britannia Pub and Fridays at The Brig Pub.

, our Gator continues his training (an initiation) Sundays at Swizzles and will soon embark on his supervised solo.

Here we see Gator demonstrating his newest skill, gnawing his was through duct tape.

[ Meet the entire stable ]


We will be hosting a Pre-Paw Party (otherwise known as a baby shower D&P style) for Marcel & Marie-France this month. The place will likely be Swizzles, the date is still undetermined so stay tuned for details.

Thanks to Terry (Coyote) for donating his training pay towards more and more and more music for the libraries.

Mike (Monkey) will can be seen in the Orpheus production of Oliver, running June 3 to June 11 at Centrepointe Theatre.

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! 


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


Libraries OnlineWe've added 100's of new songs to all libraries last month (and pretty much every single month) [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 "Maximum Range"
by Mark Baxter

"The key to singing high notes is volume. Reducing the volume of your voice removes the burden of excess air pressure so your folds can become more elastic. Just as it takes a little stretching every day to get your legs into a split, vocalizing daily at a low volume will allow you to visit higher notes without stress. It’s best to sing scales rather than songs at first; the memory of a song’s performance will lead you to pushing. Allow you higher notes to venture into falsetto or head voice. It’s okay if the transition cracks or skips out; this is just a symptom of your imbalanced ways. Don’t worry that the light voice you vocalize with is not up to performance standards. Only after you are completely comfortable with producing a note at a low volume should you attempt to raise the output. Increasing the volume in very small increments will allow you to monitor muscle independence. If facial or neck muscles join in to support a note, you’ve added too much air pressure. Your controllable range for the day lies waiting at the balance point between force and flexibility. And as always, tomorrow is another day. "

[Read the rest of this article]


NOW Serving your singing fix 7 glorious nights a week!
  • Mon Biddy Mulligan's, 303 Bank St. 9-1 w/Beaver & Hound
  • 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/Kitty
  • Thurs Royal Britannia,1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound
  • Thurs Brig Pub,501 Hazeldean Rd. 9-1 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. 9-1 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/Kitty
  • Sun Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:00pm-12:30am w/Dog

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

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

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