Volume 6 Issue 8

straight from the pony's mouth


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.

Susan (Owl)

This is Susan's 'other' dog and pony, Syra sitting atop Sneakers.

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)
6 John Briggs
6 Billy (vip)
7 Scotty (Cougar)
10 Chris (Polar Bear)
14 Steve (Lizard King)
15 Ali (Hummingbird)
20 Andrew (Wolf)
23 Freddy
25 Mike (Beaver)
31 Marcel III (Roo)

Add your name to our Birthday Calendar


The full moon will grace us on Wednesday the 9th.
A great night to come out to The LookOut to howl at the moon with Dog or Ugly Iguana with Kitty.

...and now for some unusual observances:

August marks:

lAdmit You're Happy Month
lFamily Fun Month
lCatfish Month
Eye Exam Month
Golf Month
Peach Month
Romance Awareness Month
Water Quality Month
Blueberry Month
Picnic Month

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

Daily Observances:
Friendship Day
Raspberry Cream Pie Day
l2 Friendship Day
Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Watermelon Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day
Mustard Day
Sisters Day
Chinese Valentine's Day l6Forgiveness Day
Wiggle Your Toes Day
Lighthouse Day
Senior Citizen's Day
Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
Lazy Day
S'mores Day
Presidential Joke Day
Son and Daughter Day
Middle Child's Day
Blame Someone Else Day
Left Hander's Day
Creamsicle Day
Relaxation Day
Tell a Joke Day
Thriftshop Day
Bad Poetry Day
Aviation Day
Radio Day
Hawaii Day
Be an Angel Day
Tooth Fairy Day
Ride the Wind Day
Kiss and Make Up Day
Women's Equality Day
Just Because Day
Race your Mouse Day
More Herbs, Less Salt
Toasted Marshmallow Day
Trail Mix Day


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: Canadian National Karaoke Championships Results.
l Venue News: New Venue - Ugly Iguana   Old Venue - Thirsty Toad
l Staff News: Party animal Sightings...
l Birthdays: Pals don't get wiser then wait...
l Song Library: Brand New Library Launched - #64, The Orange Library
l Singing Tips: Power Breathing
l Show Schedule: August 2006

Wrapping up July, let the August games begin...

Ah yes, August marks 'Admit You're Happy Month' (and how could it not what with the first week being 'Simplify your Life Week' followed by 'Smile Week' and then, 'Fr
iendship Week'). Oh! Oh Oh Oh! Don't forget, August 8 is 'Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day'!

Last month was an exceptionally busy month for us; Canada Day Parking lot Party, Ugly Iguana beginning it's annual summer "Karaoke under the Stars Wednesdays", wrapping up the local championship finals at Swizzles and O'Brien's and attending the Eastern Regionals and National Championships for the Canadian National Karaoke Championships in Toronto.


The competition was incredible, the talent, extraordinary and the comraderie, something to be proud of! The judges had a tremendously difficult task and worked very hard all weekend to take meticulous notes on and for each performer. Ottawa faired very well. Constant Bernard took 1st place at the Eastern Regionals and Dann Oickle placed 2nd with both making Canada's Top Ten, placing 2nd and 3rd at the National Level.
[See the results here]

We chartered a big ole' greyhound bus to take a flock of folk to Toronto for the weekend. Trisha (Tabby kitten) stuck a pony to the side of the bus making it the official dog and pony bus of the 2006 vocal Olympics.

We met many new friends and adopted a few more party animals into the stable.

We also just launched our newest song library, Library #64, The Orange Library which will be available Sundays at Swizzles and updated our online library. You can see all libraries at a glance or browse each specific library listed by artist or title as well as french song library and children's songs.

Check out the message forum. With over 275 registered members, it's a great way to get to know many of the people you see at the various d&p shows.

The forum is also the 1st place to learn about special events, parties, newest songs and what's happening in the community often
the same day we do. We post the newest songs to 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).

NEW SHOW - Ugly Iguana

Enjoy Karaoke Under the Stars
Wednesdays at The Ugly Iguana
A 7pm start means you can take the whole family
for a bite of mexican cuisine and a song on a warm summer eve.

The addition of tents means that the Ugly Iguana
will run all summer and into the fall rain or shine.

OLD SHOW - Thirsty Toad

DOG & PONY Sound has left the building...



    Venue Specific Special Events: Monthly Calendar


202 Sparks St.


with the Wiley Coyote

Enjoy relaxing summer evenings on the Sparks Street Patio

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
Join the dog for a great howl at the moon Wednesdays 9:30pm-1:30am

Gotta love the balcony overlooking the Market...and oh the beautiful people!. Bartenders Matt & Donnie are always upbeat, quirky & fun.



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

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

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



1475 Richmond Rd.
absolutely rocks every Thursday
with The Super-Hound

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.




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: Aug 31

[map] [photos] [schedule]


SWIZZLES (Ottawa Center)
246 Queen St.

The ONLY venue to offer ALL 4 Libraries! [see all libraries]

Sundays 9:00pm -1:00 w/Dog - Library #64
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]


148 Bank St.

Don't miss Wednesday evenings on the Ugly Iggy patio with Kitty. 7-11pm

[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.

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

Kiss the Kitty Mondays at Swizzles, Wednesdays at The Ugly Iguana & Fridays at Puzzles.

Party with Gator Tuesdays at Swizzles.

[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


Libraries OnlineNEW LIBRARY #64 Orange launched

Updated July, 2006 ***
View all the libraries at a glance.
Find Your Favorite Library:
Library #42 in use at: LookOut, O'Brien's, Swizzles & Royal Britannia
Library #9¾ in use at:
Library #33.3 in use at:
Swizzles, Ugly Iguana
Library #64 in use at: Swizzles

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"Power Breathing" - Mark Baxter

Power lunch. Power walk. Power nap. Hey, as long as we’re making ourselves feel powerful by renaming natural activities, allow me to introduce my superturbo, patent-pending breathing technique for singers. To be honest, there's nothing new about power breathing. Every baby on the planet has the technique down. Power breathing is what allows infants to scream for hours on end. Obviously, newborns don’t have a lot of muscle strength. So where does all that energy come from? They instinctively harness two universal properties: air pressure and recoil.

The air around us is pressurized and self-stabilizing. When the pressure decreases anywhere, surrounding air will move in to fill the void. This is the motor which drives the weather, and why the weatherman is always talking about areas of high and low pressure. On a smaller scale, when you open a new jar of pickles, you’ll hear a suction sound as the seal is broken. Pickles are vacuum packed, which means the air pressure inside the jar is much lower than outside. Unscrew the lid and air is drawn in. The same thing happens when we inhale. When your lungs are expanded, the air pressure inside drops. Outside air then rushes in to equalize the imbalance. What’s important to remember is that air doesn’t make your lungs expand -- muscles do.

The diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle which sits directly under your lungs. When it descends, the area inside your lungs increases. There are also muscles between your ribs, which spread the cage, and muscles in the neck and shoulders, which can lift your chest. Any of these muscles can enlarge your lung space to create an inhale. Of all these options, the diaphragm is best positioned. We are often too tight in the stomach area, though, and don’t give it room to drop. Infants are not tight down there and take full advantage of the diaphragm’s ability to pull in air. Notice how their belly’s swell like little Buddhas just before letting go of a wail. It’s a simple principal: the more air you take in, the more pressure you’ll have to cry.

Once expanded, your lungs are like two balloons. The air pressure inside an inflated balloon is greater than outside the balloon. Everybody knows that the pressure will come out -- with force -- by simply releasing the balloon, but we fail to apply this universal law to singing. At the beginning of each phrase, we use abdominal muscles to drive the air out of our lungs. Not only is this as unnecessary as squeezing a balloon to empty it, but it causes all kinds of trouble. Singing requires a specific amount of pressure; too much force triggers your throat to hold back air like fingers clamping down on the neck of a balloon. Control is lost.

The other under-appreciated source of power, recoil, also relies on the diaphragm. Most people incorrectly associate the words "breathe support" with push. They tap there tummy and say, "Sing from here. Right?" Well, that’s half right. To better understand how the whole thing ties together, let’s get creative with anatomy. It’s been said that the body is a temple but I think it more resembles a tenement. Imagine your body as a building that has one studio apartment on each level. Let’s call the first floor the "legs" of your structure. The second floor represents your abdominal cavity and the third level is the thoracic cavity (if you want to get fancy, you can call your head the penthouse). It doesn’t take very long when you live in a building like this to appreciate that one person’s floor is another person’s ceiling. This rule is the same in your body. The diaphragm is both the floor to the lungs (thoracic cavity) and the ceiling to the abdomen. Move this divider up and down, and it enlarges one cavity while compressing the other.

When your diaphragm descends, it pushes on everything inside your abdominal cavity. Since this "room" is jam packed with furnishings like a stomach, liver and intestines, everything gets shoved towards the walls. This is why your tummy sticks out when you inhale correctly. It’s not filling with air down there, it’s just a response to the ceiling coming down. Compressing your abdominal cavity doesn’t take much effort, as long as its walls are relaxed. Sucking in your tummy when you inhale locks everything in place, so the diaphragm can’t come down. The result is a shallow breath that doesn’t pack much punch. We learn from infants crying that creating a big inhale is important. Even more important, though, is not pushing once you’re fully loaded. You’ve already worked for the energy; all you have to do is release.

The automatic reaction to compression is recoil. If you push down on a spring and then quickly release it will jump back to its original form. The more force you use to compress, the more force you get back on recoil. Push down on the spring again but this time slowly raise your hand. The spring returns at the hand’s speed. This is a controlled release. Notice that, to control the motion, your hand only needs to push downward; there’s no need to pull up on a spring. The same is true for your diaphragm. Once the abdominal cavity is compressed, it wants to spring back. As if it was holding back the recoil of a spring, your diaphragm should continue to apply and downward pressure to regulate the air pressure passing through your larynx. In other words, it "supports " your voice by making sure that the vocal folds aren’t overwhelmed.

Combine the spring-back action of your abdominal cavity with the momentum of high pressure from fully inflated lungs and you’ll have vocal power to spare. Notice that both of these power sources are passive, the work was done during the inhale. If you need more thrust, your abs are always there to add. I know it feels as if you need to push with your abs in order to make your voice powerful. Just remember that this desire is a reaction to half-inflated lungs. Stretching your body will help; start your warm-up routine with some reaches and side-stretches. Reserve abdominal push as a last resort, not a first line of strength. It takes a while to re-train the body to release the abs on every inhale, but the pay-off will be a voice that’s truly bouncing off the walls -- just like when you were a baby.
Mark Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private and video lessons. To contact him, call: (800)659-6002. Visit his website at:

(reprinted with the kind permission of Mark Baxter)


Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for August 2006

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30pm-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30 w/Kitty
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
WedUgly Iguana,
148 Bank St. 7:00pm-11:00pm w/Kitty
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00pm-1:00am w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak Orleans1981 St.Joseph 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs mo.)
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound
344 Richmond Rd. 9:00pm -1:00am w/Kitty
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30 w/Dog
SatO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
SatCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 8-midnight w/Coyote

Library #42(Blue Library) 
Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)
Library #64(Orange Library)   [ click to see all Libraries ]

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