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June
2006
Volume 6 Issue 6
 
 

straight from the pony's mouth

PAL OF THE MONTH

Robyn (aka Rabbit)

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.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday June Pals

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Susan (Sneakers) 5
l Troy (Vanilla Gorilla) 5
l Mike (Wyld Dawg) 13
l Leah (Shinypants) 15
l Jessica 17
l Jeff (Duck) 17
l Kat 19
l Brent (Goffin) 19
l Richie (Hound) 24
l Constance (Pussinboots) 29

Add your name to our Birthday Calendar

SPECIAL EVENTS
June bears witness to celebrations of Dads everywhere on Father's Day Sunday the 18th.

Three 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 Sunday the 11th (definately a good night to come out to Swizzles and howl at the moon with dog).


...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
FORUM FEATURES

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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 IN THIS ISSUE:

[archives]

l Special Events: Canadian National Karaoke Championships GRAND PRIZE now worth over $50,000
l Venue News: Swizzles & O'Brien's Preliminaries for Karaoke Championships - New Venue, Thirsty Toad Rocks!
l Staff News: Hunting your favorite party animals...Kitty's Summer vacation photos
l Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Special Events: Father's Day, St. Jean Baptiste, Donut Day...
l Song Library: New English and French songs
 
l Singing Tips: More tips for doing well in vocal competitions
l Show Schedule: June 2006

Happy June everyone!

Who's your daddy? Who's your daddy?
Better find out soon 'coz father's day is coming up Sunday the 18th and the first day of summer is officially the 21st of June.

And don't forget "
Take Your Dog to Work Day on the 20th".

This Monday is the last day to qualify at Swizzles for the Canadian National Karaoke Championships. The semi-finals begin the following week. There are only 3 weeks left to qualify at O'Brien's. More prizes have been added including a 2nd recording package worth $10,000.

The Thirsty Toad Wednesday karaoke night kicked off last week to a great turnout and a fabulous paw party!

The online library was updated last month. You can see all libraries at a glance or see 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 270 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).

Canadian National Karaoke Championships

 

Canadian National Karaoke Championships
Monday May 29 is the last day
to qualify at Swizzles

only 3 weeks left to qualify at O'Brien's

Swizzles Mondays!
April 10 - May 29 - qualifying rounds
June 5 semi finals - top 20 males
June 12 semi finals - top 20 females
June 19 - Finals

[Swizzles Standings]
[Canadian National Karaoke Championships]

NOW...
a 2nd Recording Package has been added to the GRAND PRIZES!

O'Brien's Tuesdays!
May 2 - June 13 - qualifying rounds
June 20 semi finals - top 20 males
June 27 semi finals - top 20 females
July 4th - Finals

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

VENUE NEWS

    Venue Specific Special Events: Monthly Calendar

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COCK & LION
202 Sparks St.


Saturdays

8pm-midnight
with the Wiley Coyote


Enjoy Summer evenings on the Sparks Street Patio

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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THE LOOKOUT
41 York St.
(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 Matt & Donnie are always upbeat, quirky & fun.


[map]
[photos]
[schedule]


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


Preliminaries - Canadian National Karaoke Championships Tuesdays!
May 2 - June 13 - qualifying rounds
June 20 semi finals - top 20 males
June 27 semi finals - top 20 females
July 4th - Finals


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.
[map]
[photos]
[schedule]


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ROYAL BRITANNIA PUB
1475 Richmond Rd.
absolutely rocks every Thursday
with The Super-Hound
9pm-1am.

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.

THE ROOFTOP PATIO IS OPEN!


[map]
[photos]
[schedule]


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PUZZLES SPORTS BAR (Ottawa)
344 Richmond Rd.
(at Churchill)

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

Wheelchair accessible,
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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ROYAL OAK (Orleans)
1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: June 29th

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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SWIZZLES (Ottawa Center)
246 Queen St.

Canadian National Karaoke Championships Mondays!
April 10 - May 29 - qualifying rounds
June 5 semi finals - top 20 males
June 12 semi finals - top 20 females
June 19 - Finals


T
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]


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THIRSTY TOAD PUB
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

...live 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]


Kitty's Summer Vacation 2005:

DOG & PONY PALS

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

LIBRARY NEWS 

Libraries OnlineWe've added 100's of new songs to all libraries last month (and pretty much every single month). This month we added a bunch of new French songs as well. [see latest additions here]

***ONLINE LIBRARY Updated May, 2006 ***
View all the libraries at a glance.
or
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:
Swizzles

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

SINGER TIPS 

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

Canadian National Karaoke Championships We've fielded questions from singers wondering what they could or should have done to improve their score in a competative environment. It's often not enough to sing well. Remember that a singer is a performer. It is imperative you appeal to your audience. This can be accomplished many ways. You might be a singer that emotes strong feelings and draws the audience into the song with you. You may be a singer that gets an audience on their feet, feeling good and having fun. You may have a unique look, sound or style but no matter what your strength, you, like all entertainers, must find a way to combine your vocal talent with stage appeal.

Here are a few simple guidelines to help you do well.

Song choice is very important!
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Choose a song that holds meaning for you, that you can relate to and are able to convey its meaning to your audience.
- Choose a song that is reasonably well known over an obscure selection.
- Avoid choosing a song that is too popular otherwise you risk boring your audience.
- Choose a song with some variation such as tempo, range, or key to keep your audience interested.
- Avoid choosing songs that are too long.

- Avoid choosing songs that are too slow. A fun, upbeat song is often more memorable than a heartfelt ballad.
- If you have more than one song choice, mix them up a bit to show your range and versatility.

Vocal Performance:
-Show your versatility.
-Use pitch, intonation, tonal control and dynamic range (from soft to loud) to showcase your abilities and to add some variety to your performance.
-Sometimes, less is more. If you have the ability to hit a note so high only a dog could hear or are able to fill a room with sound without a microphone remember, it is far more impressive to show a dynamic shift from soft to loud or low to high rather than maintaining a single sound throughout your performance. Give your audience variety.
-Highlight your strengths and downplay your weaknesses. Modify the song and melody to your advantage. If you can not hit a particular note without sounding shrill or flat, it is best to arrange the song to avoid that note.

Stage Presence:
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Release your inner entertainer. It is seldom enough to simply stand in one place and sing. Try swaying to the music if you can not dance or train yourself to walk about the stage while you sing.
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Use body language to help convey the song's meaning but avoid clichés like pointing to your eyes or your heart.
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Consider props and costumes to enhance your performance appeal.
- Sing to your audience. Make eye contact whenever possible.
- While glancing is fine, avoid singing to the monitor(s).
- Have fun with your performance and the audience will too.

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!

SHOW SCHEDULES

Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for June 2006

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30pm-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30 w/Kitty competition*
TuesO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 10pm w/Dog competition*
Tues
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
w/Hound
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00pm-1:00am w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak, Orleans, 1981 St. Joseph Blvd. 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs month)
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound
FriPuzzles,
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 ]

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

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