Volume 6 Issue 5

straight from the pony's mouth


Cait (glam kitten)

our pal
of the month

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 May Pals
 1 Pavlos
 4 Robert (Killer)
•  8 Vincent (Otter)
• 11 Donnie (Thing II)
• 11 John (Quigleys)
• 13 Sean (Fish)
• 13 Danni (Pony)

• 14 Alison (Lamb)
• 24 Michael (MF)
• 24 Chantal (Tally)
• 26 Stephane L
• 29 Raoul

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Saturday the 13th, a great night to howl with Dog at O'Brien's or Coyote at Cock & Lion.

Ah May! The sweet smell of new grasses, May flowers and the promise of warmer months to come.

Celebrate May Day on Monday May 1st with us at Swizzles.

This year Mother's Day falls on Sunday the 14th.

Victoria Day Monday the 22nd.

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

Monthly Observances:
-Asian Pacific American -Heritage
-Awareness of Medical Orphans
-Better Hearing & Speech
-Clean Air
-Creative Beginnings
-Family Wellness
-Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness
-Freedom Shrine
-Get Caught Reading
-Go Fetch! Natl Food Drive for Homeless Animals
-Haitian Heritage
-Heal the Children
-Healthy Vision
-Huntington's Disease Awareness
-InterNatl Business Image Improvement
-InterNatl Victorian Homes
-Light The Night For Sight
-Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention
-More Than Just A Pretty Face
-Motorcycle Safety
-Natl Allergy/Asthma Awareness
-Natl Arthritis
-Natl Barbeque
-Natl Bike
-Natl Correct Posture
-Natl Egg
-Natl Good Car Keeping
-Natl Hamburger
-Natl Hepatitis Awareness
-Natl Mental Health
-Natl Military Appreciation
-Natl Moving
-Natl Neurofibromatosis Awareness
-Natl Older Americans
-Natl Osteoporosis Prevention
-Natl Physical Fitness & Sports
-Natl Preservation
-Natl Salsa
-Natl Scholarship
-Natl Sight-Saving
-Natl Smile
-Natl Stroke Awareness
-Natl Revise Your Work Schedule
-Personal History
-Prepare to Buy A Home
-Strike Out Strokes
-Tay-Sachs and Canavan Diseases
-Women's Health Care
-Young Achiever's
-Natl Family May 14-June 18

weely observances:
-Astronomy wk1-7
-Be Kind To Animals wk1-7
-Eat Dessert First wk1-7
-Natl Wildflower wk1-6
-Pen Friends wk InterNatl: 1-7
-Update Your References wk1-8
-Natl Historic Preservation wk2-8
-Natl Suicide Awareness wk2-8
-Natl Nurses Day and wk6-12
-Flexible Work Arrangement wk7-13
-Goodwill Industries wk7-13
-Natl Family wk7-13
-Natl PTA Teachers Appreciation wk7-13
-Natl Hug Holiday wk7-13
-Natl Pet wk7-13
-Natl Postcard wk7-13
-Teacher Appreciation wk7-13
-Life Coach Recognition wk8-14
-Natl Stuttering Awareness wk8-14
-Cover the Uninsured wk10-16 Link
-Natl Tourism wk13-21
-Natl Police wk14-20
-Natl Nursing Home wk14-20
-Kiwanis Prayer wk14-20
-Natl Transportation wk14-20
-Reading is Fun wk14-20
-Universal Family wk14-20
-Work At Home Moms wk14-20
-Natl Effectiveness wk15-19
-Natl Running & Fitness wk15-21
-Dulcimer Days: 19-21
-Natl Safe Boating wk20-26
-Natl Dog Bite Prevention wk21-27
-Natl Etiquette wk21-27
-Natl New Friends, Old Friends wk21-27
-World Trade wk21-27
-Natl Backyard Games wk22-29

daily observances:

-Executive Coaching 1
-Frequent Flyer 1
-Law 1
-Library Legislative 1-2
-Loyalty 1
-May 1
-Mother Goose 1
-New Homeowner's 1
-Save the Rhino 1
-School Principals' 1
-Stepmother's 1
-Melanoma Mon1
-Roberts Rule of Order 2
-Lumpy Rug 3
-Paranormal 3
-Wordsmith 3
-World Press Freedom 3
-Natl Meeting Planners Appreciation 3
-Natl Anxiety Disorders Screening 3
-Martin Z. Mollusk 4
-Natl Day of Prayer: 4
-Natl Day of Reason: 4
-Respect for Chickens 4
-Cartoonists 5
-Cinco de Mayo: 5
-Totally Chipotle 5
-Astronomy 6
-Do Dah 6
-Join Hands 6
-Joseph Brackett 6
-No Diet 6
-No Homework 6
-Nurses 6
-O. Henry Pun 6
-Pilates 6
-Scrapbook 6
-Child Care Provider 7
-Natl Infertility Survival 7
-Scale 7
-Unity in Diversity 7
-No Socks 8
-V E 8
-World Red Cross 8
-Childhood Depression Awareness 9
-Natl Teacher 9
-Donate A Day's Wages To Charity 10
-Natl Night Shift Workers 10
-Natl Third Shift Workers 10
-Natl School Nurse 10
-Root Canal Appreciation 10
-Trust Your Intuition 10
-Eat What You Want 11
-Fibromyalgia Awareness 12 Link
-Limerick 12
-Native American Rights 12
-Natl Nutty Fudge 12
-Receptionists 12
-Blame Someone Else 13
-Intl Migratory Bird 13
-Jamestown Landing 13
-Mother Ocean 13
-Natl Babysitter's 13
-Stamp Out Hunger NALC Food Drive: 13
-Windmill 13
-World Fair Trade 13
-Mother's 14
-Race for the Cure 14
-Underground America 14
-Intl Day of Families: 15
-Natl Chocolate Chip 15
-Nylon Stockings 15
-Peace Officer Memorial 15
-Biographer's 16
-Natl Sea Monkey 16
-Turn Beauty Inside Out 17
-World Telecommunications 17
-Intl Museum 18
-Send An Electronic Greeting Card 18
-Visit Your Relatives 18
-Hug Your Cat 19
-May Ray 19
-Celebrate Your Elected Officials 19
-Natl Children & Police 19
-Natl Bike to Work 19
-Natl Defense Transportation 19
-Armed Forces 20
-Eliza Doolittle 20
-I Need A Patch For That 21
-Natl Wait Staff 21
-Neighbor 21
-World Day for Culteral Diversity for Dialogue & Development 21
-Intl Day for Biological Diversity: 22
-Natl Maritime 22
-Declaration of the Bab 23
-Natl Taffy 23
-World Turtle 23
-Brother's 24
-Tiara 24
-Natl Missing Children's 25
-Natl Tap Dance 25
-Intl Jazz 27
-Slugs Return to Capistrano 28
-Intl Day of UN Peacekeepers: 29
-Memorial 29
-Prayer for Peace Memorial 29
-Loomis 30
-Great American Grump Out 31
-Natl Senior Health & Fitness 31
-What You Think Upon Grows 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: Canadian National Karaoke Championships GRAND PRIZE now worth over $50,000
l Venue News: Swizzles & O'Brien's Hold Preliminaries for Championships
l Staff News: Hunting your favorite party animals...Coyote's family Christmas
l Pal News: nuptials & more nuptuals...platinum pal
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Singing Tips: Tips for doing well in a vocal competition
l What's The Deal With... The Pal's Zone
l Show Schedule: May 2006

In this issue: We bring you news about and for our pals. There are only 4 weeks left to qualify for The Canadian National Karaoke Championships at Swizzles. Qualifying rounds begin this Tuesday at O'Brien's.

Don't forget your mama on Sunday the 14th.

May also offers
"I Need A Patch For That Day" on the 21st, "Hug Your Cat Day" on the 19th, "World Turtle Day" the 23rd, "National Pet Week" 7-13, "Be Kind To Animals wk" 1-7 and most important, "National Dog Bite Prevention wk" 21-27. [more]



Canadian National Karaoke Championships
Is well underway with 2 Ottawa Locations!

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

[Canadian National Karaoke Championships]


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] [Canadian National Karaoke Championships]

*O'Brien's will be treated as OPEN KARAOKE before and after the competition each night, so come on down to enter the championships or get in a practice song.


     Venue Specific Special Events: Monthly Calendar

202 Sparks St.

with the Wiley Coyote


[map] [photos] [schedule]

41 York St.

LookOut! LookOut! LookOut!

It's the Dog


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

Regular Karaoke:
-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]

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: May 25th

[map] [photos] [schedule]

1475 Richmond Rd.

9pm-1am w/Hound
plus $10 pitchers.


[map] [photos] [schedule]

SWIZZLES (Ottawa Center)
246 Queen St.

Preliminaries - 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

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]

BRIG PUB (Kanata)

Sadly, a few have ruined it for the many
and D&P will not be returning to the BRIG


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 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 ]

Coyote's Family Christmas Dinner 2004:




Trisha & Dave (Tabby & Retriever) tied the knot April the 25th.

Scotty & Robyn (Cougar & Rabbit) are making arrangements for their wedding in October.

100% cotton, silk-screened T-Shirts

"I Got Pawed"
front breast/DPS logo back

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

Not only is Adam this months spokesmodel for "I Got Pawed" T-Shirts, he just hit Platinum Paw status by earning his 30th paw and he successfully raised over $1500 for the MS Walk this past week. Way to go Adam!

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. There are over 260 registered members currently.

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

DOG & PONY Sound will be hosting
competitions in Ottawa for

Canadian National Karaoke Championships

Spaces are limited so arrive early!
Arrive at least ½ hr prior to competition start time to sign in.
Bring your completed waiver, registration and pledge forms.

Competitiors may enter directly into the Regional Championships or may enter into venue preliminaries for a chance to win competition fees, travel, accomodation and competition entry fees to their nearest Regional Championships. Individual venues may offer additional prizing.

Each week, 2 people will advance to venue semi-finals.
Top male & female from each venue will be named Venue Champions.

Competitiors may enter venue competitions until they qualify.
Each entry requires registration form & fee.
Pledges are required only the first time.

$1000 prize package of home karaoke system, microphones and music library awarded to top Regional fundraiser.

Canada's National Champions will be flown to Finland to represent Canada at the Karaoke Wrld Championships. Additional prizing will be announced.

See website for complete details.


Libraries OnlineLast month we added new songs to all our libraries on April 13 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!".


The Do's and Don’ts Of A Vocal Performing Competition
Courtesy of The Canadian National Karaoke Coalition (CNKC)
*we are re-running these tips for your benefit.

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!
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:
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.
Use body language to help convey the song's meaning but avoid clichés like pointing to your eyes or your heart.
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!


Serving Your Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!
Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for May 2006
SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30pm-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30 w/Kitty competition night*
TuesO'Brien's Eatery & Pub, 1145 Heron Rd. 10pm w/Dog competition night*
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Gator
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
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. 9:30pm-1:30 w/Dog
SatO'Brien's Eatery & Pub, 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

Phone: (613) 820-2600 - office hours 2pm-2am daily - Karaoke Hotline 24 hrs.

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