Volume 6 Issue 12

straight from the pony's mouth


Jason (Warthog)

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.

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

You 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
December Pals!

  7 Cory
13 Laura B.
11 Delaney
20 Mike S.
26 Libby
27 DanO
31 SteveO

23 Mike & Wendy's anniversary

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar
lChanukah begins 15
Winter Solstice 22
lChristmas Eve 24
lChristmas Day 25
lBoxing Day 26
lNew Years Eve 31

The full moon will grace us on Tuesday the 5th.

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

Monthly Observances
-Bingo's Birthday Month
-Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month
-National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
-National Stress-free Family Holidays Month
-National Sign Up for Summer Camp Month
-National Tie Month
-Safe Toys and Gifts Month
-Spiritual Literacy Month
-Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) (12/10 - 2/17)
-Universal Human Rights Month

Weekly Observances:
-Fig 1-7
-World Communication 1-7
-Dear Santa Letter 5-9
-Kids' Goal Setting 6-10
-World Kindness 7-13
-Animal Shelter Appreciation 7-13
-Pursuit of Happiness 8-14
-Farm-City 17-23
-Family 19-25
-Game & Puzzle 19-25
-Bible 19-26
-Better Conversation 20-26
-Travelers with Disabilities 11/26 - 12/3

Daily Observances
-Bifocals at the Monitor -Liberation Day:1
-Day With(out) Art Day:1
-World Aids Day:1
-Intl Day for the Abolition of Slavery:2
-Coats for Kids Day:2
-Special Education Day:2
-Intl Day of Disabled Persons:3
-Chase's Calendar of Events Birthday:4
-Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day:4
-National Dice Day:4
-Bathtub Party Day:5
-International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development:5
-National Communicate with Your Baby Day:5
-Ntnl Pawnbrokers Day:6
-Special Kids Day:6
-St. Nicholas Day:6
-National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:7
-Intl Civil Aviation Day:7
-Day Of The Horse:9
-Intl Shareware Day:9
-Human Rights Day:10
-Intl Mountain Day:11
-Gingerbread House Day:12
-Poinsettia Day:12
-Bill of Rights Day:15
-Cat Herders Day:15
-Underdog Day:15
-Barbie & Barney Backlash Day:16
-Wright Brothers Day:17
-Intl Migrants Day:18
-Sacagawea Day:20
-Mudd Day:20
-Forefathers Day:21
-Humbug Day:21
-Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day:21
-World Peace Day/Winter Solstice:21
-Abilities Day:22
-A'Phabet Day or No "L" Day:25
-Boxing Day:26
-National Whiner's Day:26
-Pledge of Allegiance Day:28
-Tick Tock Day:29
-No Interruptions Day:29
-Leap Second Time -Adjustment Day:31
-Make Up Your Mind Day:31
-One Voice Day:31
-Universal Hour of Peace Day:31
-World Peace Meditation Day:31

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.

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l Special Events: contest at Grace O'Malley's
l Venue News: fire at swizzles forces temporary closure - repairs underway
l Staff News: gator, stray & dog will return to Swizzles for reopening, we welcome our newest host in training, Warthog.
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Song Library News: New Songs added November 10th
l Singing Tips: "Don’t Wait to Hydrate" (How to properly water the voice)
l Show Schedule: December 2006   [Print Monthly Calendar]

In this newsletter: we bring you tips on hydrating your throat during the winter, Announce a draw to win one of 2 Christmas Karaoke disks by Sound Choice, bring you news about Swizzles' temporary closure to repair fire damage, welcome our newest host, warthog and bring you updates on our venues' special events.

Merry Christmas!
Happy Chanukah & Happy New Year!

You will receive a suppliment to this newsletter later in the month with information on Christmas and New Years Parties and special events. Stay tuned!


Receive a ballet to win one of 2 Sound Choice Christmas CDG's each time you visit Dog at
Grace O'Malley's
1250 Main St. Stittsville

You'll have up to 4 chances to enter:
Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28

Draw Date:
Thursday Dec. 28

[map] [photos]


Special Events: Monthly Calendar

202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)


with our wiley Coyote

[map] [photos] [schedule]


Grace O'Malley's
1250 Main St.

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

Grace O'Malley's Presents:
Dec. 1 -: Amanda Reunue
Dec. 15, 16 - Les Emerson & The Hitmen

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)
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



1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

Fridays - w/Hound
Saturdays - alternating Hound & Dog

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



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

Mondays w/Hound & Stray
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1am.

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

Fridays 9pm-1am w/Stray

Wheelchair accessible,
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: THURS. DEC. 28

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St. (Ottawa Center)

Fire Damage has forced Swizzles to close its doors for a few weeks.

Repairs are underway and will reopen soon.
check schedule for latest news.

As soon as it reopens it will resume the regular
4 great nights of Karaoke we've all come to know & love!
Sundays 8:30pm -12:30 w/Dog - Library #33.3
Mondays 9:30-1:30 w/Gator - Library #42
9:30-1:30 w/Stray- Library #9¾
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog - Library #33.3

[map] [photos] [schedule]


...lively & direct from the stables:

Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at
The LookOut, every other Saturday at O'Brien's, Thursdays at Grace O'Malley's in Stittsville. and Sundays & Fridays at Swizzlesas soon as the repairs are complete. Keep checking the monthly calendar for latest news of Swizzles reopening party.

Hound hosts Thursdays at the Royal Britannia Pub & teams with Stray on Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub as well as Fridays and every second Saturday at O'Brien's.

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

Our adorable Stray hosts one fine party every Friday at Puzzles and Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub. She will continue to host Tuesdays at Swizzles shortly.

Gator will resume entertaining his "Gator Aids" Monday nights at Swizzles as soon as it reopens.

Meet our loveable Warthog!

Jason is currently training with Dog at the LookOut on Wednesdays.

“I came in contact with music almost as soon as I was born. My family loves music. Both my grandmother and great aunt were in a church choir in Campbellton, New Brunswick where I was born.

My first real concert was blink 182. It was also the concert that opened my eyes to how amazing instrumentals could be. One of the opening acts, a local ska band was missing their lead singer at show time so they opened with a soft little number that blew my mind. On that day, music was forever changed for me.

I was a little frightened the first time I attended a DOG & PONY Sound show. But then again, I think almost everyone is their first time. The first venue I went to was Swizzles where my uncle Terry (Coyote) was hosting with Dog. Being a regular at Swizzles, he knew all the regulars, the inside jokes, the pal names and so on. So, when he was "snow-belly posse'd" he was already used to it, I on the other hand was in tears with both laughter and terror.

It took another two months before I had the courage to get up on stage, grab a microphone and sing. I still remember my first song, "Particle Man" by They Would Be Giants. I totally tanked on the song but had such a great time that I put up another song and have been ever since.

One day Christopher (Dog) noticed me watching closely as he ran the shows. I asked questions and he answered them while I pulled disks and watched him work the sound board. I wanted to learn enough to ensure that if a host ever dropped dead while I was at their show the karaoke would continue while the paramedics took the corpse away. Christopher on the other hand thought it might be better to give me proper training and make me an official host. Who am I to argue with a good idea?

~ Jason (Warthog)


Puppy Paw Pals have sung at 2 (or more) of our venues and have earned a paw 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

Our message forum is a great way to get to know the people you see at many of the shows. Currently we have almost 300 registered members.

The forum is
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 adjust your access.

Pocket Pal Paw Cards
available at all venues

(collect the whole set)

all our hosts are equiped with:
Pal cards & punches
(if you've attended 2 or more D&P shows ask your host for a card)

What is a DOG & PONY Pal?     Update Your Pal Status

Q: How can I become a DOG & PONY Pal?
A: Come out and play at 2 or more of our venues!

Green Pal Card
2 - 9 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Receive a $100 discount on private party

Red Pal Card
20-29 paws

Receive a $125 discount on private party bookings.

Platinum Pal Card
30+ paws
Receive a $150 discount on private party

[limit: 2 pal discounts per year]
Special Prices


Available at all venues
Regular Price $20.00
DOG & PONY Pal Holiday Sale $10
(includes all taxes)


Libraries Online
We added new songs to all of our libraries on November 10. [see new releases]

The online master database was last updated September 2006

3 libraries at a glance (the wholy trinity)
Library #42 by Artist
Library #42 by Title
Library #9¾ by Artist
Library #9¾ by Title
Library #33.3 by Artist
Library #33.3 by Title
French songs
Guide to understanding our song codes
Children's songs

easy popup & print: [weekly calendar] [monthly calendar]


"Don’t Wait to Hydrate"
(How to properly water the voice)

by Mark Baxter

Every car comes with an owner’s manual which instructs you to pull over immediately if the oil light on the dash illuminates. A better idea, if you’re in the habit of waiting until the trouble light comes on before taking care of your engine, would be to put a "for sale" sign on the vehicle. Allowing a car to run without enough lubrication is a sure recipe for trouble down the road. The same is true for singers who don’t keep themselves hydrated. Without adequate protection, the activity of singing causes the membranes in the larynx to swell. The problem is friction. The body has a natural solution, however, if we would only follow the owner’s manual for our bodies.

Keeping yourself hydrated is an all-day affair. Often, we wait until we’re thirsty to reach for a drink. This is too late for singers -- especially once you’re on stage. It takes at least twenty minutes, on an empty stomach, for water to cycle around your system and show up at the membranes where it’s needed. Other beverages take longer because they must be digested. This means drinks on stage don’t take effect until after the set. So why does it feel like a quick swig of something between songs offers immediate relief? Two reasons: The first is that there are receptors in the throat which signal the brain that fluids are on the way. The second is the physical action of swallowing.

Contrary to belief, nothing we swallow touches the vocal folds. All of the potions singers consume in an effort to wet their whistle are channeled away from the larynx by the epiglottis and sent down the esophagus. It’s just as well. Like the eye, the larynx should be awash in saline, not tea or honey. Even if your drink seeps down to the vocal folds, the air stream created to sing promptly blow-dries the area. If you are driving your voice hard, or are nervous, the muscles in the throat tighten. The tension closes the saliva ducts designated for the larynx. Like blinking, swallowing changes the muscles’ position for a second and allows the ducts to open and relubricate -- that’s if you are hydrated in the first place.

Two thirds of your body weight is water. It would make sense, then, to replace what’s lost with the same. A general rule is to consume 1Ú2 an ounce of water for every pound of body weight per day. The water you eat counts, so if you’re not fond of drinking the stuff, load up on high-water content foods like raw fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, beer, coffee and sodas don’t count. Even though each contains mostly water, their ingredients trigger the body to flush itself, leaving you with less water than before. Certain foods will also drain your internal water supply. Since digestion is the number one priority of the body, when we fill up on low-water foods like breads, crackers, chips, cheese and prepared meats and potatoes, the throat and larynx are robbed of hydration to make up the deficit. Basically, if you have to have something to drink with a meal, the foods you are eating are too concentrated. A good routine would be to hydrate well before a meal so you won’t feel the need to dilute your digestive process. I know this goes against the ever-so-common practice of eating and drinking at the same time, but that tradition was not put in place so we would sing better.

Athletes hydrate well before a game so their muscles don’t cramp; singers should do the same. Maintaining a lubricated larynx means you’ll be able to swallow during a song without sucking on a water bottle. Remember, rehearsals are no easier on your instrument than gigs, so get into the habit of staying hydrated. If your budget is tight, there’s nothing wrong with tap water. It’s a good idea to filter it, though, to remove the chlorine. It’s best to drink water at room temperature to avoid tensing throat muscles. No matter what style music you sing, you will notice a significant improvement in your vocal longevity once you get yourself up to specs. A good measure of a proper water level is clear urine. Since there is no light on our bodies to warn us when we’re running low, let the following statement be your mantra, "Don’t wait -- to hydrate"

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!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for December 2006

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog [closed for repairs]
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound & Stray
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St.9:30-1:30 w/Gator [closed for repairs]
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Stray [closed for repairs]
WedLookOut, 41 York St.9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
ThursGrace O'Malley's, 1250 Main St. Stittsville 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak Orleans1981 St.Joseph 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs mo.)
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Hound
344 Richmond Rd. 9 -1 w/Stray
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog [closed for repairs]
SatO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
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 ]

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