Volume 6 Issue 3

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.

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
March Pals!

Ian (princess)

14 Sam (seahorse)
17 Elly (filly)
21 Kevin (rabbit)
24 Barb (sheep)
24 Jenn (hummingbird)
27 Natasha (shitzu)
28 Sean (good)
29 Dave (eric's dad)
31 Monique (kitty)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Sunday the 14th, a great night to howl with Dog at PJ Quigley's or Gator at Swizzles.

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

Monthly Observances:
-American Red Cross
-Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

-Deaf History (3/13 to 4/15)
-Honor Society Awareness
-Humorists Are Artists
-InterNtnl Ideas
-InterNtnl Listening Awareness
-InterNtnl Mirth
-Irish-American Heritage
-Mental Retardation Awareness
-Music In Our Schools
-Ntnl Athletic Training
-Ntnl Caffeine Awareness
-Ntnl Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
-Ntnl Colorectal Cancer Awareness
-Ntnl Collision Awareness
-Ntnl Craft
-Ntnl Ethics Awareness
-Ntnl Eye Donor
-Ntnl Frozen Food
-Ntnl Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness
-Ntnl Kidney
-Ntnl Nutrition
-Ntnl On-Hold
-Ntnl Social Work

-Ntnl Talk to Your Teen About Sex
-Ntnl Umbrella
-Ntnl Women's History
-Play The Recorder
-Poison Prevention Awareness
-Red Cross
-Save Your Vision
-Small Press
-Spiritual Wellness
-Vulvar Health Awareness
-Women's History
-Workplace Eye Health and Safety
-Youth Art

Weekly Observances:
-Ntnl Write A Letter of -Appreciation wk 1-7
-Return Borrowed Books wk 1-7
-Universal Human Beings wk 1-7
-3-A-Day wk 3-9
-Iditarod Race: 4-19
-Celebrate Your Name wk 5-11
-Ntnl Pro Pet Sitters wk 5-11
-Read an E-Book wk 5-11
-Help Someone See wk 6-10
-Ntnl Cheerleading wk 6-12
-Ntnl School Breakfast wk 6-12
-Ntnl Procrastination wk 6-12
-Newspaper in Education wk 6-12
-Save Your Vision wk 7-13
-Universal Women's wk 8-14
-Girl Scout wk 12-18
-Campfire USA Birthday wk 13-19
-InterNtnl Brain Awareness wk 13-19
-Ntnl Toad Hollow wk 14-21
-American Chocolate wk 3rd wk
-Ntnl Agriculture wk 19-25
-Ntnl Animal Poison Prevention wk 19-25
-Ntnl Poison Prevention wk 19-25
-World Clown wk 19-24
-Ntnl Bubble (blowers) wk 20-27
-Ntnl Spring Fever wk 20-26
-Week of Solidarity with People's -Struggling Against Racism & Racial Discrimination: 21-27
-Ntnl Cleaning wk 26-4/1
-Ntnl Sleep Awareness wk 27-4/2
-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner wk 30 - 4/2

Daily Observances:
-Ash Wednesday 1
- Beer Day: 1
-Pig Day: 1
-Plan a Solo Vacation Day: 1
-Refired, Not Retired Day: 1
-Stop the Bad Service Day: 1
-NEA's Read Across America Day: 2
-World Book Day: 2
-Benjamin Harrison Day: 3
-I Want You To Be Happy Day: 3
-Ntnl Salesperson's Day: 3
-Shabbat Across America Day: 3
-What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day: 3
-World Day of Prayer: 3
-Courageous Follower Day: 4
-Hug a GI Day: 4
-InterNtnl Scrapbooking Industry Day: 4
-Old Inauguration Day: 4
-Healing From the Inside Out Day: 5
-Namesake Day: 5
-Saint Piran's Day: 5
-Fun Facts About Names Day: 6
-Ntnl Be Heard Day: 7
-Peace Corps Day: 7
-Unique Names Day: 7
-Day for Women's Rights & -InterNtnl Peace: 8
-InterNtnl Working Women's Day: 8
-Learn What Your Name Means Day: 8
-Joe Franklin Day: 9
-Nametag Day: 9
-Panic Day: 9
-Mario Day: 10
-Middle Name Pride Day: 10
-Dream 2006 Day: 11
-Genealogy Day: 11
-Girl Scout Day: 12
-Good Samaritan Involvement Day: 13
-Ntnl Open An Umbrella Indoors Day: 13
-MOTH-ER Day: 14
-Ntnl Children's Craft Day: 14
-Organize Your Home Office Day: 14
-Brutus Day: 15
-Ides of March: 15
-True Confessions Day: 15
-Curlew Day: 16
-Lips Appreciation Day: 16
-St. Urho's Day: 16
-Doctor-Patient Trust Day: 16
-Absolutely Incredible Kid Day: 16
-Companies That Care Day: 17
-Awkward Moments Day: 18
-Forgive Mom and Dad Day: 18
-Ntnl Biodiesel Day: 18
-Ntnl Quilting Day: 18
-Great American Meat Out Day: 18
-Ntnl Chocolate Caramel Day: 19 
-Swallows Return to San Juan -Capistrano Day: 19
-Ntnl Agriculture Day: 20
-Act Happy Day: 20
-Proposal Day: 20
-Well-Elderly  or Wellderly Day: 20
-Memory Day: 21
-Ntnl Dance Day: 21
-Naw Ruz: 21
-InterNtnl Day for the Elimination -of Racial Discrimination: 21
-As Young As You Feel Day: 22
-Ntnl Common Courtesy Day: 22
-InterNtnl Day of the Seal: 22
-InterNtnl Goof-off Day: 22
-World Day for Water: 22
-Near Miss Day: 23
-Ntnl Chocolate Covered Raisins Day: 24

-United Nations: World -Tuberculosis Day: 24
-Ntnl Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy: 25
-Pecan Day: 25
-Legal Assistants Day: 26
-Make Up Your Own Holiday Day: 26
-Education and Sharing Day: 27
-Kite Flying Day: 27
-Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day: 27
-American Diabetes Association -Alert Day: 28
-Knights of Columbus Founders Day: 29
-Ntnl Mom & Pop Business Owner's Day: 29
-Doctors Day: 30
-Mule Day: 30
-Bunsen Burner Day: 31
-Ntnl "She's Funny That Way" Day: 31


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 PJ Quigley's
l Staff News: Hunting your your favorite party animals...
l Pal News: remembering Gabe, Dan's passing, upcoming nuptials, births and adoptions...
l Pal Stories: Pal's Personal Stories - Rasta Reminisces
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Singing Tips: Recommended Reading for Performers
l What's The Deal With... The Pal's Zone ?
l DOG & PONY's Kibbles 'n Bits: New Mics, Funny Videos, Custom CD+G's & more
l Show Schedule: March 2006

In this issue: we recommend reading for aspiring performers, provide links for buying custom karaoke disks, share our favorite funny karaoke related videos, explain the Pal Zones on our message forum, bring you venue & show news, Paw Parties, and news about and for our pals from births to deaths and all the life in between....

Ahh March! Ash Wednesday on the 1st, St. Patrick's Day on the 17th, and THE 1st Day of Spring on the 20th!

March also gives us Beer Day & Pig Day on the 1st, BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH the 15th, Lips Appreciation Day on the 16th, Mule Day on the 3th and Bubble Blowers week from the 20th to the 27th. A Great week for Bubbles![more]



Join us at PJ Quigley's
Tues. Feb.28th
for a PAW PARTY w/ Dog!!!

250 Greenbank Rd.

Did ya know PJ Quigley's mascott is a DOG?
How appropriate! So is ours!
[map] [photos] [schedule]


     Venue Specific Special Events: Monthly Calendar

   1st Sun. in April - APRIL 2nd 6:30pm

BRIG PUB (Kanata)
501 Hazeldean Rd.

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

[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]

PJ Quigley's (Nepean)
250 Greenbank Rd.

Tuesdays 8:00pm-midnight w/Dog

Great Food! Wings n' Things!
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]

ROYAL OAK (Orleans)
1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: March 30th

[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.

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.

Catch the fun with Coyote at The Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Tickle Kitty behind the ears Mondays at Swizzles, Thursdays at The Brig & Fridays at Puzzles.

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

[ Meet the entire stable ]



Beth (our lil' Goose) gave birth to a beautiful baby girl thus making her The Official Mother Goose on Monday February 6th. Congratulations to Beth and to the new parents to whom Beth has given the gift of an open adoption.

Another happy couple has been busy busy busy planning their upcoming nuptials...

Trisha & Dave will be sailing off into the sunset on April the 25th. Literally. They are getting married on a boat with the after nuptuals celebrations at Swizzles!

Gabriel Wynne-Jones
(our lil' Piglett)

Tragically on March 7, 2005
, as the result of a car accident, Gabe was taken from us all at the tender age of 22. His memory and his spirit live on.

Dedicate your joyful sounds in his honor
on Tuesday, March 7th.

Dan Poirier passed away suddenly on Jan. 8, 2006 of a heart attack. He was only 39 years old. Born Dec.18, 1966, Dan grew up in Glen Robertson, outside of Ottawa. He moved to Ottawa many years ago graced us with his joyful, happy presence for many years. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

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

Introducing the Sennheiser Evolution Microphone
(now the "blue" mic is all systems...

This is a quality Pro microphone with optimized response for close vocal work, powerful sound with a presence boost for improved projection, cardiod pickup pattern which resists feedback and a fulll metal construction with an internal shock mount.
The Sennheiser sports a durable Humbucking Coil which reduces electrical noise. This mic has INTENSE output, with a 40-16 KHz frequency response and high sensitivity. It makes for an awesome vocal stage mic as it's designed to perform under pressure. Its uniform frequency pick-up pattern maintains signal quality when moving on and off axis during performance and has a gentle presence boost to even tonal response which ensures clarity and projection requiring minimal proximity. other words...a pretty darn nifty mic! We know you'll love it!

Build your own Legal Custom CD+G's:
No more buying disks for only 1 or 2 songs you want when you can select and pay for only your favorite songs:

Some of our favorite Karaoke related videos:

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

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


Pal's Personal Stories: Rasta Reminisces

While working outside Halifax, NS as Club DJ in 1994, the Owner announced to the crowd, that *I* would be running some Karaoke shortly (they had just added a Karaoke system to the club). I resounded "NO, I am a DJ, not a Karaoke Host... I don't do Karaoke!!" He quickly put his hand over the microphone, and said "Who Pays You?", and sheepishly, I said "You Do" and he went right back to announcing the start of the Karaoke Show (with me hosting it). I didn't want to be the host, to start singing myself until the requests came in. I don't mind when I have a belly full of Black Rum, but not working a show!

Times change, my own "Dancetime DJ Services" grew to include Karaoke as well as being a Dance DJ, although the latter is my forté. Since I mostly do mobile shows on Weekends, I made my own "night out" on Thursday nights, and I took a liking to "Moetown Karaoke" in Lower Sackville, NS, and on occassion, I hosted shows for Maurice Aucoin (The Persuaders). Since I am presently working in Ottawa, returning to Halifax for my DJ Gigs, I was introduced to the Dog and Pony Sound following it from The Ugly Iguana to O'Briens (and places in between).

I claim full responsibility for getting Black Rum back to the bars,...ah.. Black Rum, the drink that creates singers. I am more of an Entertainer than a Singer, but when you think I sound good.. we are both getting tossed for being ripped.


Submit Your Personal Story for Publication.
Let us know what karaoke and community has meant to you.


Libraries OnlineLast month we added new songs to all our libraries on February 9th and 16th 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!".

next month: what's the deal with..The Pal Zone?


Recommended Reading for Singers

DOG & PONY sound has always been interested in assisting our singers in reaching their potential. Some of our singers want to develop careers in the music industry.

Here is some recommended reading material for all musicians, amateur or professional:

  • The Artist's Way
    A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

    by Julia Cameron

Read Sample Pages of "The Artist's Way"

This work provides a 12-week course that guides the reader through the process of recovering their creative self. It aims to dispel the "I'm not talented enough" conditioning that tends to hamper the creativity of many people.

From the Inside Flap
Have you ever longed to be able to draw or paint, write or compose music? With The Artist's Way you can discover how to unlock your latent creativity and make your dreams a reality. The Artist's Way provides a 12-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It dispels the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you unleash your own inner artist. It's step-by-step approach helps demystify the creative process by making it part of your daily life. It tackles your self-doubts, self-criticism and worries about time, money and the support to pursue your creative dream. It has helped many thousands of people uncover their hidden talents - it can help you too.

Buy "The Artist's Way" at

Official Artist's Way Site


Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!
Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for March 2006
SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:00pm-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30 w/Kitty
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
TuesPJ Quigley's, 250 Greenbank Rd.8:00pm-midnight w/Dog
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

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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