Volume 6 Issue 6

straight from the pony's mouth


Chris Labelle
Canadian Idol Top 18 - 2006

Chris Labelle Pal of the Month
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!

John K (Fire Ant)
2  Beth (Goose)
4  Katherine (K8)
6  Mitch (Chinchilla)
11 Sarah (pump girl)
14 Ashley (funky duckie)
14 Steve Muss (Musskrat)
20 Dominique (field mouse)
20 Brian O
21 Tracy T
23 Diane (angel eyes)
24 Neal (Wildcat)
27 Eric
29 Dan (Chameleon)
30 Jenn (JCo)

Happy Anniversary:
lTerry & Kathleen
july 17th

Add your name to our Birthday Calendar


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

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 Wk (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


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 ...
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l Special Events: CANADA DAY Parking Lot Party - 12 hour karaoke fest plus Canadian National Karaoke Championships July 28th & 29th. Reserve a seat on our chartered luxury bus & spend a weekend in Toronto.
l Venue News: Swizzles Crowns Winners & O'Brien's Finals July 4th for Karaoke Championships
l Staff News: Hunting your favorite party animals...
l Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Song Library: Master library updated online
l Singing Tips: Even more tips for doing well in vocal competitions
l Show Schedule: July 2006


July is going to be a very busy month for us. Beginning with Canada Day. Swizzles & DOG & PONY Sound have teamed up to bring you 12 glorious hours of karaoke and non-biased entertainment from 11am to 11pm. The Parking Lot Party is at 75 Albert St. at Elgin. There'll be lots of icey cold refreshments and fun in the sun and the shade will a proverbial plethra of party animals.

July 4th is the O'Brien's Finals for the Canadian National Karaoke Championships beginning at 9pm. The top male & female will each be awarded with travel, accomodations and entry fees to the regional championships as well as a 3 song cd recordings at Muss Music Productions.

On July 28th we'll be boarding our special chartered bus to Toronto for the Regional and National Championships at Ontario Place. We are booking affordable seats and rooms on a first come first served basis. Everyone is welcome, whether competiting, supporting, partying or just wanting to tag a ride to Toronto and back for the weekend. [Reservations]

The Regional Championships are open for direct entries. Anyone wishing to compete at the Eastern Canada Regionals need only submit the necessary forms and fees to the CNKC head office (or D&P staff) by July 20th. The forms are available at the
Canadian National Karaoke Championships Website. All Regional entrants will receive a 2 day Ontario Place grounds admission wristband (a $36 value).

Our online library was recently updated. 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).

CANADA DAY - 12 hr Karaoke Fest


Canadian National Karaoke Championships


Canadian National Karaoke Championships

[Swizzles Standings]
[O'Brien's Standings]
Canadian National Karaoke Championships

O'Brien's Finals!
top 10 males & top 10 females
July 4th 9pm

We're chartering a luxury bus to take people to the 2006 Canadian National Karaoke Championships at Ontario Place in Toronto. Regionals July 28th and Nationals July 29th.

The bus will be a 54 seat air conditioned luxury coach with washroom facilities and onboard karaoke driven by Marshy (our beloved coonhound) who has generously volunteered his services.

We will be departing Ottawa the 28th, Friday morning at 6am and departing Toronto Saturday night at 11pm [
departure point tba]

Reservations have been made for rooms at a nearby Univeristy campus.

If you wish to ride along on the magic bus for a weekend of stellar competition and one heckovaparty at Ontario Place let us know soon. 1st come 1st served basis (spaces are limited).

Phone hm:
Phone cell:

  I'd like to reserve:
  Yes     No
Transportation 1 way Ottawa to Toronto
- $45
     Transportation 1 way Toronto to Ottawa - $45

     Transportation round trip - $80
Accomodations - $70
**prices include all taxes

cost: $ x people = Total cost: $

   *pay in person at any D&P show



    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.

Canadian National Karaoke Championships July 4th - Finals

-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: July 27th

[map] [photos] [schedule]


SWIZZLES (Ottawa Center)
246 Queen St.

Canadian National Karaoke Championships

he 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]


1344 Bank St.

Beautiful 2nd floor patio, karaoke on the upper level

Don't miss Wednesdays at 9pm with our adorable Hound.

[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 Wednesdays at The Thirsty Toad, Thursdays at Royal Britannia Pub & Fridays at O'Brien's.

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.

[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.
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l update your pal status


Libraries Online***ONLINE LIBRARY Updated May, 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:
Swizzles, Thirsty Toad,
Library #33.3 in use at:

Join our message board to keep up on the latest news, weather & sports...uh...songs, shows & events.


More Competition Pointers

Canadian National Karaoke Championships Vocal Performance: 70% of total score (1-25)
-Quality and individual characteristics of the voice.
-Dynamic range (loud and soft)
-Tonal color range (shifting from smooth to gravely)
-Strength and range of voice
-Key and Pitch
-In harmony with the music
-Vibrato appropriate to song and style
-Emotional expression
-Articulation (understandable words)
-Phrasing (rhythm of the words)

Make your song choices work for you. If you choose to do an operatic piece, counter that with an upbeat rock or pop number to show your versatility.

Make the song work for you. If the song or parts of the song bore you then chances are, it'll bore your audience too.

Don't be afraid to make the song your own. Don't try to sound like the original artist. If the key is too high or too low, change it to fit your vocal range. If you tend to go flat in the lower register, alter the song to avoid those trouble spots - similarly if you get pitchy on those high notes, stay away from them.

Do what feels good, makes you happy, gives you joy or touches you emotionally. If you are genuinely moved then others will feel it too.

UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SINGING. If you always feel great when you sing then grinning ear to ear will not help you sell a "my baby left me" song. Listen to the song lyrics and convey the meaning of the song or your marks will suffer.

Stage Presence: 30% of total score (1-10)
Has nothing to do with how you look it is…
-Facial expression and body gestures
-Command of the audience (eye contact, interaction)
-Confident and relaxed on stage
-Audience reaction (applause, attention, interest)
-Entertainment value
-Costume & props appropriate to performance

Even though stage presence counts for only 30%, it could be the critical difference between 1st and 2nd place finishers. If both performed well vocally but one conveyed the feeling, mood and energy of the song better, that combined score will place them ahead.

Competition Ettiquette :
- Be respectful to your fellow competitiors
- Do not distract competitiors by speaking loudly during their performances
- Whether you win or lose, be graceful.

Best of luck to you and remember to have fun!


Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for July 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
WedThirsty Toad ,
1344 Bank St. 9:00pm-1:00am
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)   [ click to see all Libraries ]

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We are extremely proud of our environmental record!

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