Volume 6 Issue 11

straight from the pony's mouth


Jenn (Nightingale)
Pal Of The Month
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.

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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
November Pals!
l 1 Jewels
l 1 Johnathon
15 Big John

l16 Stevie (Gator)
l16 Christa (Silver)
l18 Larry (Panther)
l22 Roxy (Lynx)
l22 Nina (Koala)
l24 Steph (Bunny)
l24 Kim (Gazelle)

l29 Natasha (Baby Juliet)
l30 Cheryl (Crow)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar
Remembrance Day Saturday Nov. 11th, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day 9th,
and Kristallnacht 9-10

The full moon will grace us on Sunday the 5th. A great night to come out to Swizzles and howl with Dog.

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

Monthly Observances
American Diabetes
-Aviation History
-Celebrate Empty Nester
-Diabetic Eye Disease
-Epilepsy Awareness
-Family Stories
-I Am So Thankful
-Lung Cancer Awareness
-MADD's Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign
-Military Family Appreciation
-AIDS Awareness
-Alzheimer's Disease
-American Indian Heritage
-Author's Day
-COPD Awareness
-Family Caregivers
-Georgia Pecan
-Inspirational Role Models
-Life Writing
-Marrow Awareness
-Peanut Butter Lovers
-Prematurity Awareness

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
-All Saints' Day 1
-Authors' Day 1
-Family Literacy Day 1
-Traffic Directors Day 2
-Plan Your Epitaph Day 2
-Men Make Dinner Day 2
-Cliché Day 3
-Chicken Lady Day 4
-Sadie Hawkins Day 4
-International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict: 6
-US Election Day 7
-Abet and Aid Punsters Day 8
-Cook Something Bold and -Pungent Day 8
-Parents As Teachers Day 8
-Return Day 9
-Great American Warm-up Days 10-12
-Donor Sabbath Days 10-12
-Death/Duty Day 11
-Veterans Day 11
-I Need A Patch for That Day 12
-Gingerbread House Day 13
-World Kindness Day 13
-Loosen Up Lighten Up Day 14
-American Teddy Bear Day 14
-Young Readers Day 14
-America Recycles Day 15
-George Spelvin Day 15
-I Love to Write Day 15
-Educational Support Professionals Day: 15
-Great American Smokeout 16
-Day for Tolerance 16
-Homemade Bread Day 17
-Married To A Scorpio Support Day 18
-Mickey Mouse Day 18
-Family Volunteer Day 18
-Push-button Phone Day 18
-Have A Bad Day Day 19
-African Industrialization Day 20
-Name Your PC Day 20
-Adoption Day 20
-Transgender Day of Remembrance 20
-Universal Children's Day 20
-Pumpkin Pie Day 21
-World Hello Day 21
-World Television Day 21
-Humane Society Anniversary Day 22
-What Do You Love About America? Day 22
-Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day 23
-Black Friday 24
-D.B. Cooper Day 24
-Sinkie Day 24
-Buy Nothing Day 24 

-Flossing Day 24 
-Alascattalo Day 25
-International Aura Awareness Day 25 
-International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 25
-Shopping Reminder Day 25
-Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 28
-Electronic Greetings Day 29
-International Day of -Solidarity With The Palestinian People 29
-Computer Security Day 30
-Stay Home Because You're Well Day 30

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l Special Events: Rocky Horror movie followed by karaoke Sun. Oct. 29 at Swizzles, Puzzles Scary-oke Party Friday 27th, O'Brien's Scary-oke Costume Party 28th, Swizzles Scary-oke Costume Party 31st - Pump Idol 2006 Results
l Venue News: Royal Britannia adds Mondays - NOW 2 nights a week!
l Staff News: Stray & Hound team up to host Royal Britannia Mondays
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Song Library News: New Songs added Oct. 5, 7, 13 & 27th
l Singing Tips: Herbs to the rescue: singing help from mother nature
l Show Schedule: November 2006

In this newsletter we bring you exciting news about Halloween parties, new shows and Pump Idol 2006 results as well as our annual halloween screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Swizzles this Sunday at 6pm followed by karaoke featuring the Rocky Horror Soundtrack.

Stray & Hound will team up to host The Royal Britannia's shiny new Monday night karaoke show beginning Nov. 6th.
Hound will still host the regular Thursday party at the Royal B. every week.

Stray will be hosting 2 halloween parties this year:
Friday Oct. 27th at Puzzles
and Tuesday October 31st at Swizzles.
Dog will be hosting O'Brien's costume party on Saturday Oct. 28th.

November is a time for
Perhaps the very nature of autumn makes it most conducive to these kinds of thoughts; a melancholy look as what was with a hopeful heart for what will be. Perhaps it's no coincidence that we observe Rememberance Day, Vietnam Vetran's Day and
Kristallnacht all in November. Lest We Forget.

November also marks "Dear Santa Letter Week" (which of course does not mean Santa won't read 'em other days of the years but it is a good time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. "Name your PC Day" on the 20th, "Chicken Lady" and "Sadie Hawkins Day" on the 4th, "Married To A Scorpio Support Day" on the
18th and "Buy Nothing Day" on the 24th (just try it, I dare ya). [more]



NOW 2 Karaoke Nights at
Royal Britannia Pub

Mondays w/ Hound & Stray
& Thursdays w/ Hound


Sat. Oct. 21, 2006

1st Place: Moe L'Heureux

37” LCD TV – Bleekers Stereo & TV Ltd. (retail value $2000)

2nd Place: Malaika Mvungi
Foosball Table - Purewater Total Home and Leisure (retail value $500)

3rd Place: Jon Azzi
“Romantic Rendez-Vous Package”
1 night accommodation for 2 at Embassy Suites Hotels,
including in-room wine service and a continental breakfast
Plus Dinner at the Pump

4th Place - Kirk Arsenault
3-Month Gym Membership – Elgin Fitness (retail $165)
Nike Warm-Up Jacket – Molson's Breweries
Mini Stereo – Bleekers Stereo & TV Ltd. (retail $200)

5th Place - Olex Pruchniky
Ultimate Escape Day Spa Pkg (3 hrs of pampering) – Image Essentials (retail $200)
Metropolitain Gift Certificate, “Dinner for 2”
National Arts Centre Voucher (2 Tickets) – (retail $100)

6th Place - Kim Blanchfield
4 Sens Tickets
300-level, Ottawa vs. Carolina, November 4th
Dinner at Hooley’s for 4 – 2 Gift Certificates

Most Pledges Raised: Brandy $1,020
Yuk-Yuk’s table of 10 – (retail $180)
Set of 10 Glasses – Stella

More Top Pledges Raised by single individuals:
Terry Thompson $410
Kathleen Grady-Thompson $356
Malaika Mvungi $307
Pierre Perrier $
Jennifer Jean $210
Jamie Dugmore $185
Jim Wade $170
Monique L'Heureux $165
Jonathan Azzi $115
Olexandra Pruchnicky $112
Sarah Evans $110

Thank you to everyone who supported Cancer Research!

[photo gallery]


w/ Stray

Friday 27th

w/ Stray

Tuesday 31st

w/ Dog

Saturday 28th
[scary-oke photo gallery]      Prizes for Best Costumes!!!


Special Events: Monthly Calendar
Oct. 27 - Scaryoke at Puzzles with Stray
Oct. 28 - Scaryoke at O'Brien's with Dog
Oct. 29 - Rocky Horror Picture show 6pm at Swizzles with Dog
Oct. 31 - Scaryoke at Swizzles with Stray
Nov. 6- Royal Britannia's 1st new Monday show w/ Stray & Hound


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)


with our wiley Coyote

The 3rd Saturday every month karaoke is 7-10pm followed by dj dance party.

[map] [photos] [schedule]


Grace O'Malley's
1250 Main St.

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

[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)

Halloween Party 28th

Fridays -9:30-1:30 w/Hound
Saturdays -9:30-1:30 w/Dog

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



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

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

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

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

Halloween Party 27th

Wheelchair accessible,
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: THURS. NOVEMBER 30th

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St. (Ottawa Center)

Halloween Party 31st



4 great nights of Karaoke!

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

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]


...lively & direct from the stables:

Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at
The LookOut, Saturdays at O'Brien's, Sundays & Fridays at Swizzles and now, Thursdays at Grace O'Malley's in Stittsville too!

Hound catches requests Thursdays at the Royal Britannia Pub & Fridays at O'Brien's and now, teamed with Stray on Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub.

Coyote can be spotted (or striped, or checked) 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, Tuesdays at Swizzles and now, Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub.

Gator entertains his "Gator Aids" Monday nights at Swizzles.

[Meet the entire stable]


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

Pocket Pal Paw Cards

(collect the whole set)

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

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.


Libraries Online
We added new songs to all of our libraries on Oct. 5th, 7th, 13th and 27th
[see new releases]

The online master database was 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]


"Herbs to the Rescue"
(Mother Nature has a remedy for just about anything)

by Mark Baxter

The other day I woke up with a killer sore throat.
It was pay back for too many long nights in the studio on top of jet lag from a recent trip. Obviously, I didn’t heed my own words of warning (see free lesson entitled : Singing With a Cold ) and so I humbly insert foot in mouth. Anyway, the last time I hurt that much to swallow was years ago, on the morning of an "unplugged" show my band was playing at the Hard Rock in Boston. Luckily, I didn’t have to sing this time around; a snow storm had canceled my studio session. However, I always treat these nasty little detours as dress rehearsals for the future. Aside from catching up on some much-needed rest, piling on extra layers of clothes and forcing fluids, I reached for my trusty herbal extract.

Herbs are an excellent way for singers to treat many ailments without the adverse effects accompanied by pharmaceuticals. Drugs leave behind residues which are difficult for the body to eliminate. Sometimes the cure is more harsh than the cold. Herbs work naturally within your body, helping to fight infections and correcting imbalances. They also have a preventative quality which fortifies the immune system to recognize future intruders. Since they don’t leave behind any toxins, there is no adverse effect on your vocal membranes (such as the drying from antihistamines). The problem is that they don’t provide the big bang we’ve become accustom to from western medications, so it’s important to administer them early. In order to discover the right herbal combination and dosage, I strongly recommend experimenting on non-gig scenarios.

The best way to gain the benefits of herbs is via liquid extracts. You’ll find racks of herbal extracts in any natural food store (they come is small bottles with eye-dropper tops). The label will detail what ailments a particular herb relieves. Some claims will seem pretty far-fetched, so here’s a few I recommend for singers: Echinacea for the beginning stages of a cold. It activates the immune system, fights infections, mobilizes white blood cells. Golden Seal to reduce mucous membrane inflammation due to sinusitis, hay fever and allergies. Osha Root to loosen mucus. Slippery Elm soothes sore throats. Wild Cherry Bark is a good expectorant. Collinsonia reduces irritation in the pharynx (upper throat). Licorice Root is also good for sore throats and has mild anti-histamine properties. Astragalus Root is the best at preventing colds. It increases production of interferon and helps resist viral infections if taken daily before cold season.

Herbal extracts are also sold in combinations for greater convenience. My favorite tonic is Echinacea and Golden Seal, which is what I used to rid myself of that burning throat infection. One squirt of the eye-dropper on the back of the tongue every hour did the trick. What used to last a week was squashed in a day -- twice. I must warn you the taste is extremely bitter. If you need to, the drops can be diluted in a glass of water or juice -- or a vodka martini, I guess.

Speaking of alcohol, you might notice most extracts contain an alcohol base. This, I am told, is the best way to remove the herb’s vital resins and preserve their medicinal qualities. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, place your drops into a cup of boiling water. This will reduce the potency of the extract, but evaporate the alcohol completely. If you’re worried about the affect of alcohol on your voice, don’t be afraid. There is twice as much alcohol in a whole ripe banana than in a single dose of extract. There is, of course, loads of info on herbs throughout the web. Run a search for starters or visit your local health food store and start asking questions. So, now that I’m feeling better, it’s off to the studio for more abuse. Adios my fellow vocalteers.

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 7 Nights A Week!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for November 2006

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound & Stray
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St.9:30-1:30 w/Gator
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Stray
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
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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We are extremely proud of our environmental record!

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