Volume 6 Issue 4

straight from the pony's mouth


Trisha (tabby)
Tabby Kitten
our pal
of the month

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 to our
April Pals!

Jason (warthog)

  3Jacquie(canadian angel)
  5 Robyn (rabbit)
  5 Chris (wutang)
13 Jaymz Bee (dog's bro)
16 Brandon (boo's beau)
19 Trisha (tabby)
19 Benoit
21 Brian C
21 Linda (smile)
21 Shanon(sheepdog)
25 Scotty (donkey)
25 Steph (llama)
25 Cris (stray Kitten)
25 Veronique
28 Grant ()
29 Geordie (pants)
30 Dann (peacock)

Happy Anniversary
  1 Tom & Maxine (rasta & coma lady)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Thursday the 13th, a great night to howl with Gator at the Brig or Hound at the Royal Britannia Pub.

...and now for some unusual, fun and just plain whack
April observances:

Monthly Observances:
-Alcohol Awareness
-Appreciate Diversity
-Cancer Control
-Child Abuse Prevention
-Community Spirit Days (Month)
-Couple Appreciation
-Donate Life
-Fresh Florida Tomatoes
-Holy Humor
-Home Improvement Time (April-Sept.30)
-Informed Women
-Injury Prevention
-InterNtl Customer Loyalty
-InterNtl Daffynitions
-InterNtl Twit Award
-Jazz Appreciation
-Keep America Beautiful
-of the Young Child
-of the Military Child

-Ntl Autism Awareness
-Ntl Car Care
-Ntl Child Abuse Prevention
-Ntl Decorating
-Ntl Donate Life
-Ntl Humor
-Ntl Kite
-Ntl Knuckles Down
-Ntl Landscape Architecture
-Ntl Occupational Therapy
-Ntl Parkinson's Awareness
-Ntl Pecan
-Ntl Pet First Aid Awareness
-Ntl Poetry
-Ntl Prepare To Buy A Home
-Ntlly Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
-Ntl Sexual Assault Awareness
-Ntl Youth Sports Safety
-Pharmacists War on Diabetes
-Physical Wellness
-Rosacea Awareness
-School Library Media
-Straw Hat
-Stress Awareness
-Southern Belles
-Testicular Cancer Awareness
-Tour de Cure
-Women's Eye Health & Safety
-Workplace Conflict Awareness
-World Habitat Awareness
-InterNtl School Spirit Season

Weekly Observances:
-Golden Rule 1-7
-Laugh at Work 1-7
-Medication Safety 1-7
-Testicular Cancer Awareness 1-7 (aka Get A Grip Day!)
-Just Pray No: Worldwide Weekend Prayer: 23-24
-Consider Christianity 2-8
-Ntl Library 2-8
-Ntl Med. Patient Advocacy 2-8
-Ntl Public Health 2-8
-Ntl Week of the Ocean: 2-9
-Week of the Young Child: 2-8
-Ntl Blue Ribbon 2-8
-Hate 4-10
-Alcohol-Free Weekend: 7-9
-Ntl Garden 9-15
-Ntl Women's Nutrition 9-15
-Pan American 9-15
-Ntl Networking 10-16
-Explore Career Options 10-14
-Young People's Poetry 10-16
-Consumer Awareness 16-20
-Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness 16-22
-Ntl Coin 16-22
-Ntl Crime Victims Rights 16-22
-Ntl Park 16-22
-Ntl Personal Training 16-23
-Ntl Volunteer 16-22 (Declared)
23-29 (Observed)
-Egg Salad 17-23
-Cowboy Poetry 17-23
-Heritage 17-22
-WOC Nurse 17-22
-Ntl Dance 21-30
-Ntl Youth Service Days: 21-23
-Admin. Professionals 23-29
-Innovation 23-29
-Ntl Karaoke 23-29
-Ntl Wildlife 23-29
-Ntl Window Safety 23-29
-RV Lifestyle 23-28
-Sky Awareness 23-29
-Electronic Communications 24-28
-Ntl Playground Safety 24-28
-Ntl Scoop the Poop 24-30
-Ntl TV Turn-off 24-30
-Ntl Dream Hotline: 28-30
-Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives In The Line of Duty 29-5/5
-InterNtl School Spirit Season: April 30 to Sept. 30
-Jewish Heritage 30-5/6
-North American Occupational Safety & Health 30-5/6

Daily Observances:
-April Fools  or All Fools: 1
-Boomer Bonus: 1
-Lupus Alert: 1
-Ntl Fun: 1
-Ntl Love Our Children: 1
-Sorry Charlie: 1
-Anti-circumcision: 1
-Check Your Batteries: 2
-InterNtl Children's Book: 2
-Reconciliation: 2
-Ntl Workplace Napping: 3
-Tweed: 3
-Accelerate ACL Awareness Among Young Women: 5
-Paraprofessional Appreciation : 5
-Stories: 5
-Thank You School Librarian Day: 5
-Ntl Alcohol Screening Day: 6
-Ntl Fun at Work Day: 6
-New York State Missing Persons Day: 6
-Tartan Day: 6
-Hospital Admitting Clerks Day: 7
-Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day: 7
-No Housework Day: 7
-World Health Day: 7
-Trading Cards for Grown-ups Day: 8
-Tutor Appreciation Day: 8
-Ntl Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day: 9
-Winston Churchill Day: 9
-Commodore Perry Day: 10
-Ntl Sibling Day: 10
-Salvation Army Founder's Day: 10
-Barbershop Quartet Day: 11
-Licorice Day: 12
-Walk on Your Wild Side Day: 12
-InterNtl Plant Appreciation Day: 13
-Ntl D.A.R.E. Day: 13
-Children with Alopecia Day: 14
-InterNtl Moment of Laughter Day: 14
-Pan American Day: 14
-Take a Wild Guess Day: 15
-That Sucks Day: 15
-Equal Pay Day: 15
-Husband Appreciation Day: 15
-Ntl Auctioneers Day: 15
-Blah! Blah! Blah! Day: 17
-Ellis Island Family History Day: 17
-Income Tax Pay: 17

-Ntl Stress Awareness: 18
-Ntl Wear Your Pajamas To Work: 18
-Pet Owners Independence Day: 18
-Tax Freedom: 18
-John Parker: 19
-Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration: 19
-Kindergarten: 21
-Ntl Chocolate-covered Cashews: 2

-Get to Know Your Customer: 20

-San Jacinto Day: 21

-Celebrate The Earth: 22
-Earth: 22
-Ntl Jelly Bean: 22

-World Book & Copyright: 23
-Mother, Father Deaf: 24
-Ntl Teach Your Children To Save: 25
-Waidseemuller, Martin Remembrance: 25
-Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's: 26
-Hug An Australian: 26
-Richter Scale: 26
-Mule: 27
-Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work: 27
-Workers Memorial: 28
-Arbor Day: 28
-Ntl Hairball Awareness: 28
-Hairstylists Appreciation: 28
-Rebuilding: 29
-InterNtl Walk: 30

-Ntl Honesty(Honest Abe Awards): 30
-Spank Out- USA: 30


Now all of the registered users on our message forum can enjoy their own personal BLOG hosted on our site FREE.

I'd like to encourage all our members to put a little something together (profile, interests, a few musings, stuff that you'd like to share). As ours is essentially a community that actually meets in the real world.

The forum and blogs help to break the ice with people who you regularily see on the periphery but haven't yet gotten to know (or might not have previously known that you'd like to get to know better).

So take a wee bit of time and put a small blog together, maybe copy an entry or two from one of your other blogs here to save you the time.

We'd love to hear and see from you.

Adding your birthday to the
Calendar is easy. 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.

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. Keep up on the latest news, weather & sports...uh...songs, shows & events.

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

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l Special Events: Movie Night at Swizzles - RENT! April 2nd 6:30pm
l Venue News: PAW PARTY at Cock & Lion April 1
l Staff News: Hunting your favorite party animals...gator's family vacation photos
l Pal News: upcoming nuptials & nuptials & nuptuals...Canadian Idol Finalists?
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Singing Tips: Tips on doing well in a vocal competition
l What's The Deal With... The Pal's Zone
l DOG & PONY's Kibbles 'n Bits: Canadian National karaoke Championships
l Show Schedule: April 2006

In this issue: we herald the beginning of the Canadian National Karaoke Championships, bring you tidings of new shows & Paw Parties, and news about and for our pals ....

April marks National Karaoke Week 23rd-29th Gee! However should we celebrate that one?

April also offers Appreciate Diversity Month,
Cowboy Poetry Week 17-23, Blah! Blah! Blah! Day on the 17th (likley a great seque day for Dog) and National Hairball Awareness on the 28th (I think the Kittens all need to take notice). [more]


PAW PARTY w/ Coyote!!!

Cock & Lion
202 Sparks St.
Sat. April 1

[map] [photos] [schedule]


     Venue Specific Special Events: Monthly Calendar

   Sunday APRIL 2 followed by Karaoke (& the songs from RENT)

Canadian National Karaoke Championships - SWIZZLES
   Mondays APRIL 10 - June 19 -  9:30pm

BRIG PUB (Kanata)
501 Hazeldean Rd.


9:30pm-1:30am w/ Gator
Saturdays 9:30pm-1:30am w/ Hound

[map] [photos] [schedule]

202 Sparks St.



[map] [photos] [schedule]

41 York St.

LookOut! LookOut! LookOut!

It's the Dog


O'BRIEN'S (Ottawa South)
1145 Heron Rd.


9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound
9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog

O'Brien's has a long standing reputation as "the place" to hold that stag, bachelor, & birthday party. [map] [photos] [schedule]

344 Richmond Rd.
(at Churchill)

Fridays 9:00pm-1:00am w/Kitty

Wheelchair accessible,
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]

ROYAL OAK (Orleans)
1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

The Last Thursday Every Month
9pm-1am w/Coyote

Next Party: April 27th

[map] [photos] [schedule]

1475 Richmond Rd.

Thursdays 9pm-1am w/Hound

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.

[map] [photos] [schedule]

SWIZZLES (Ottawa Center)
246 Queen St.

Mondays beginning April 10th
preliminary rounds for the Canadian National Karaoke Championships!

Canadian National Karaoke Championships 2006

Winner of "Ottawa's Best Bartender"!

and the ONLY venue to offer ALL 3 Libraries!
[see all libraries]

Sundays 8:00pm -12:30 w/Dog - Library #42
Mondays 9:30-1:30 w/Kitty - Library #42
Tuesdays 9:30-1:30 w/Gator - Library #9¾
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog - Library #33.3

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

STAFF NEWS from the stables:

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

Bay with the
Hound Thursdays at Royal Britannia Pub, & Fridays at O'Brien's & Saturdays at The Brig.

Catch the fun with Coyote at The Cock & Lion every Saturday and Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Tickle Kitty behind the ears Mondays at Swizzles & Fridays at Puzzles.

Party with Gator Tuesdays at Swizzles & Thursdays at The Brig.

[ Meet the entire stable ]

Gator's Family Vacation:




Trisha & Dave (Tabby & Retriever) will be sailing off into the sunset on April the 25th. Join them for the after nuptuals celebration at Swizzles! ("Dogs and cats living together? One of the signs of the Apocalypse" ~Ghostbusters)

Scotty & Robyn (Cougar & Rabbit) have just announced their engagement.

Way to go Kitty, Stray, Hound, Hummingbird, Llama, Puppy & Peacock for auditioning for Canadian Idol this year. A handful made it past 2 rounds and at least one can not tell us more than that (we know the drill, that's always good news). I guess we'll all have to stay tuned!

For more Pal News visit the DOG & PONY Sound Community BLOGS to find out who's up to what. who's seen what movie, who's vacationed where, who's bought a house, a car, who needs a hug...

The message forum is a great way to get to know the people you see at many of the shows. Currently we have almost 250 registered members.

The forum is also the 1st place to learn about special events, parties, newest songs and what's happening in the community
the same day we do. I post the newest songs on the forum the day they arrive (although it may take several more days to get the information on the website or printed in the new additions songbooks).

Some areas of the forum are specifically for local patrons and are only accessible to registered users. Drop me a quick message when you register so I can grant you access to the restricted zones. ~Pony

DOG & PONY's Kibbles 'n Bits

DOG & PONY Sound will be holding
competitions in Ottawa for

Canadian National Karaoke Championships
Check Website for schedules

Spaces are limited each night so arrive early.
Arrive at least ½ hr prior to competition start time to sign in.
Bring your completed waiver, registration and pledge forms.

Competitiors may enter directly into the Regional Championships or may enter into venue preliminaries for a chance to win competition fees, travel, accomodation and competition entry fees to their nearest Regional Championships. Individual venues may offer additional prizing.

Each week, 2 people will advance to venue semi-finals.
Top male & female from each venue will be named Venue Champions.

Competitiors may enter venue competitions until they qualify.
Each entry requires registration form & fee.
Pledges are required only the first time.
$1000 prize package of home karaoke system, microphones and music library awarded to top Regional fundraiser.

Canada's National Champions will be flown to Finland to represent Canada at the Karaoke Wrld Championships. Additional prizing will be announced.

See website for complete details.

Competitions begin April 10 - June 19
at Swizzles, 246 Queen St. Mondays 9:30pm

100% cotton, silk-screened T-Shirts
"I Got Pawed"
front breast/DPS logo back

Available at all venues
M,L,XL -$20


Libraries OnlineLast month we added new songs to all our libraries on March 7, 9 and 17th and they just keep on coming.

Keep up to date via our forum:

New to Library #42 forum
New to Library #9¾ forum
New to Library #33.3 forum

What's The Deal With...

... The Pal Zone?

If you have sung at 2 or more DPS shows, you are officially a DOG & PONY Pal and are invited to join our message forum. Once registered, you will be given special access to areas of the forum of special interest to local singers: Audition Notices, Pal's Playground, and Song Request areas plus a Swap Shop where you can trade your previously loved items with each other.

The Pal Zones make it possible to get to know the people you see at various shows a little better.

In the words of Thumper, "Come on Bambi! The Water's stiff!".


The Do's and Don’ts Of A Vocal Performing Competition
Courtesy of The Canadian National Karaoke Coalition (CNKC)

Canadian National Karaoke ChampionshipsSo you want to compete in a vocal performing competition and you think you have what it takes to win.Perhaps you do. But if you haven’t come close to taking home that first place trophy or prizing yet, you might do well to heed some of the following advice. Don’t expect to win solely on your voice. In most contests there are variations of the same criteria: Vocal Performance and Stage Presence.

Here are 9 simple guidelines to help give you an advantage

Choose your song(s) carefully! Most often a performance is going to be made (or not) by the song you choose to sing. Pick a song that showcases your talents, one that you understand and can convey the mood or feeling of or one that holds great personal meaning to you.

2. Try not to pick an unfamiliar or obscure song. It automatically puts you at a disadvantage. If it’s a song the judges know they'll be better able to tell if you actually have command of the song. Don’t make the judges guess you have the requisite range or control.

3. Try not to pick an overdone song. Chances are good they’ve heard it done by someone else and possibly even better. A slightly familiar song brings some fresh air to your performance.

4. Keep it short… long songs. Hit hard and run. A judge’s attention span can be short especially after many hours of long looong songs.

5. Stay away from simple ballad style songs (such as “My Way”). Songs of this kind (as sweet as they might be) have little or no change in the melody, have no complicated parts to them, and have been done so many times that people may be bored of them. A ballad is fine if there is some drama to it. Try to pick music that has a lot of changes in it….not the same thing over and over. If you are going the ballad route, make sure it is a song that shows strong vocal ability and ends in a nice strong or high note (the provebial 'showcase' or 'star search' note).

6. Vary your performance throughout the song. A show stopping Broadway Song can easily be overdone if you maintain full throttle from beginning to end. Even the best voices get boring if there is no change in volume and intensity. The last thing you want to do is bore the judges. Use pitch, intonation, tonal control and dynamic range (from soft to loud) to really showcase what you can do.

7. Have some fun with the song, whatever it is….props, and costumes are a good idea. They help with your overall package and influence your appearance scores. We’ve seen many contestants win because they were the only one who seemed to be having a good time while others seem to be taking it too seriously. Include everyone in your performance. Your stage presence scores will benefit if you sing to the audience not just the judging panel.

8. Move around! Don’t just stand there. Your voice alone is only part of the entire package. But do try to keep in character with the emotional range of the song. No one prances around the stage while singing “Lady in Red”.

9. And whatever you do…whether you win or not…be gracious afterwards. If you didn’t win this time, you might next time. The judges may not remember if you were cool about not winning, but they’ll certainly remember you if you weren’t.

Good luck to you. Get out there and have fun!


Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!
Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for April 2006
SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:00pm-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30 w/Kitty competition night*
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
ThursThe Brig, 501 Hazeldean Rd. Kanata. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Kitty
ThursRoyal Britannia Pub, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00pm-1:00am w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak, Orleans, 1981 St. Joseph Blvd. 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs every month)
FriO'Brien's Eatery & Pub, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound
344 Richmond Rd. 9:00pm -1:00am w/Kitty
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:00pm-1:00 w/Dog
SatO'Brien's Eatery & Pub, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
SatThe Brig, 501 Hazeldean Rd. Kanata. 9:30pm-1:30am
SatCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 8-midnight w/Coyote

Library #42(Blue Library) 
Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)      [ click to see all Libraries ]

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

Phone: (613) 820-2600 - office hours 2pm-2am daily - Karaoke Hotline 24 hrs.

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