Volume 6 Issue 10

straight from the pony's mouth


Steve (Musskrat)

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.

check your pal status
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
October Pals!
l6  Shelby (Pony in training)
l7  Doug (Wolverine)
l10 Laura (Mink)
l11 Warren (Mongoose)
l12 Laura (Jaguar)
l13 Kathleen (Cheetah)
l14 Elise (Phoebe)
l16 Glenn (omega)
l18 James (Helliphino)
l19 Deb (Bee)
l19 Michelle (mickiegirl)
l24 Robin (Armadillo)
l27 Alain
l29 Maurice
l30 Will (moose)
l31 Muriel (Parrot)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar
Thanksgiving Monday Oct. 9- A great time to spend with family, so Swizzles it is then?

The full moon will grace us on Saturday the 7th.
A great night to howl with our canines, Coyote at Cock and Lion and Dog at O'Brien's.

Halloween - Tuesday Oct. 31st Drop in to Swizzles for a trick or a treat. Spooky-boo!

Daylight Savings Time Ends - Sunday Oct. 27
Time to put your clock back an hour.

...and now for some unusual October observances:

Monthly Observances
- Adopt A Shelter Dog
- Alternate History
- Animals Aloud!
- Billiard Awareness
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Celiac Sprue Awareness
- Children's Magazine
- Diversity Awareness
- Eat Better, Eat Together
- Emotional Wellness
- Energy Management
- Gay & Lesbian History
- Go Hog Wild Eat Ham
- Halloween Safety
- Head Start Awareness
- Health Literacy
- Inter Starman
- Inter Strategic Planning
- Lupus Awareness
- Book Month
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Chili Month
- Communicate With Your Kids
- Construction Toy
- Cookie Month
- Crime Prevention Month
- Dental Hygiene Month
- Depression Awareness
- Disability Employment Awareness
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Down Syndrome
- Family Sexuality Education
- Go On A Field Trip
- Liver Awareness
- Long Term Care Planning
- Medical Librarian
- Orthodontic Health
- Physical Therapy
- Popcorn Poppin'
- Pork Month
- Reading Group
- Roller Skating
- RSV Awareness
- Seafood Month
- Spina Bifida Awareness
- SIDS Awareness
- Toilet Tank Repair
- Discover America
- Polish American Heritage
- Positive Attitude
- Rett Syndrome Awareness
- Right Brainers Rule!
- Self-Promotion
- Spinach Lovers
- Talk About Prescriptions
- Vegetarian Month
- Women's Small Business
- Workplace Politics

Weekly Observances:
- Divorced Parents For Children 1-7
- Universal Children's 1-7
- No Salt 2-6
- Mental Illness Awareness 2-8
- Mystery Series 2-8
- 4-H 2-8
- Carry A Tune 2-8
- Nuclear Medicine 2-8
- Newspaper 2-8
- Work From Home 2-8
- Squirrel Appreciation 2-8
- California Ride Share 3-7
- Spinning & Weaving 3-7
- America's Walk For Diabetes 4 & 5
- World Space 4-10
- HealthCare Food Service 5-11
- Emergency Nurses 9-15
- Fire Prevention 9-15
- Metric 9-15
- Business Cards 9-15
- Home-Based Business 9-15
- School Lunch Wk 9-15
- Improve Your Home Office 10-14
- Networking 10-16
- School Lunch 13-19
- Achieve Financial Differences 16-22
- Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door 16-22
- Kids Care 16-22
- Teen Read 16-22
- Character Counts 16-22
- Chemistry 16-22
- Food Bank 16-22
- Forest Products 16-22
- School Bus Safety 16-22
- Food & Drug Interaction Education & Awareness 17-24
- Freedom From Bullies At Work 17-23
- Businesswomen's 17-23
- Health Education 17-23
- Infection Control 17-23
- World Rainforest 17-23
- Inter Credit Union 18-22
- Celebrate Job Loss 23-29
- Give Wildlife a Break 23-29
- Magic of Differences 23-29
- Massage Therapy Awareness 23-29
- Save Your Back 23-29
- Pastoral Care 23-29
- Disarmament 24-30
- Prescription Errors Education & Awareness 24-31
- Peace, Friendship and Goodwill 25-31

Daily Observances
- Fire Pup Day 1
- Inter Day of Older Persons 1
- Inter Frugal Fun Day 1
- Pumpkin Day 1
- Scare A Friend Day 1
- World Vegetarian Day 1
- Custodial Workers Day 2
- World Farm Animals Day 2
- Intergeneration Day 2
- World Communion Sunday 2
- Child Health Day 3
- Supreme Court Day 3
- World Habitat Day 3
- Ten-Four Day 4
- Toot Your Flute Day 4
- Balloons Around The World 5
- World Teachers Day 5
- Jackie Mayer Rehab Day 6
- German-American Day 6
- Physician Assistant (PA) Day 6
- Depression Screening Day 6
- Diversity Day 7
- World Smile Day 7
- Back to Basics Day 8
- Cosmopolite's Day 8
- Leif Erickson Day 9
- Children's Day 9
- World Post Day 9
- Columbus Day 10
- Hunter's Moon 10
- Kick Butt Day 10
- General Pulaski Memorial Day 11
- Coming Out Day 11
- Inter Moment of Frustration Scream Day 12
- Emergency Nurses Day 12
- Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day 12
- Inter Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 12
- Navy Birthday 13
- Be Bald and Be Free Day 14
- Lee's Denim Day 14
- World Egg Day 14
- Grouch Day 15
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day 15
- White Cane Safety Day 15
- Sweetest Day 15
- Dictionary Day 16
- World Food Day 16
- Boss's Day 17
- Mulligan Day 17
- Facility Service Workers Day 18
- World Menopause Day 18
- Evaluate Your Life Day 19
- Black Poetry Day 20
- Get Smart About Credit Day 20
- Get To Know Your Customers Day 20 (also January 20, April 21, July 21)
- Inter Credit Union Day 20
- Day of Concern About Young People & Violence Day 20
- Mammography Day 21
- Inter Stuttering Awareness Day 22
- Color Day 22
- Make A Difference Day 22
- Reptile Awareness Day 22
- Mother-in-Law Day 23
- Mole Day 23
- TV Talk Show Host Day 23
- United Nations Day 24
- World Development Information Day 24
- Cartoonists Against Crime Day 25
- Sourest Day 25
- Mule Day 26
- Cranky Co-workers Day 27
- Navy Day 27
- Separation of Church & State Day 27
- Frankenstein Friday 28
- St. Jude's Day 28
- Ugly Pickup Truck Day 28
- Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern To Work Day 29
- Internet Day 29
- Create A Great Funeral Day 30
- Haunted Refrigerator Night 30
- Knock-Knock Jokes Day 31
- Magic Day 31
- UNICEF Day 31

Now all of the registered users on our message forum can enjoy their own personal BLOG hosted on our site FREE.

You know Heinlein's excellant term -to grok- as in -the grok the fullness of...-? That's the beauty of the blog; musings and daily diaries, personal growth & sharing with others.

I'm amazed and delighted at how well and differently people express themselves. Some have taken to blogging when they have something to get off their chests. some are blogging regularily...

I know we started our blogs a little late in life for some of you as you likely have a blog (or six) housed elsewhere...
but 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 from you.

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l Special Events: Paw Party! Grace O'Malley's Stittsville 12th
3rd Annual Pump Idol 21st, Swizzles Scaryoke Costume Party 31st
l Venue News: O'Beez 5 Year DOG & PONniversary 14th!
l Staff News: NOW Stray hosts Tuesdays at Swizzles w/ Library #42
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Song Library News: Online Library Updated, New Songs added
l Singing Tips: Singing With A Cold
l Show Schedule: October 2006

In this newsletter we bring you tips on singing with a cold (yes, it's that time of year again), plus exciting news about new venues, paw parties, charity events, halloween costume parties, anniversary parties and more...

Fall is officially here! Thanksgiving is Monday the 9th, a great evening to celebrate family and friends at Swizzles. Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year which will see Stray hosting Swizzles' Scary-oke Costume Party (with prizes for best costumes). We'll keep you up-to-date on where all the Halloween parties are going to be on our forum.

This month we also celebrate 5 great years of karaoke at O'Brien's on Saturday the 14th. Join us for a special celebration.

As the seasons change so does our schedule. Another new venue starts in this month, Grace O'Malley 's in Stittsville with Dog. Don't forget to get your PAL Card punched. [see Pal News for more info]

We had a wonderful time again at the Annual DOG & PONY Pal BBQ. As always, our annual BBQ took place on Labour Day Monday. Many friends joined us at our home to enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, cold cuts, salads, veggie platters, salsa & chips, cookies, pop, beers, coolers and each other! Some, friends we'd just recently met in Toronto during the karaoke championships and some, old friends we hadn't seen in too long. Everyone brought a little something to share for an amazing day of feasting, laughing, playing and singing a steady stream of karaoke through the house and into the backyard. [See BBQ photo gallery]

The 3rd Annual Pump Idol Competition is gearing up with special guest host Chris Labelle and music by DOG & PONY Sound. Get your pledge forms in ASAP, enrollment may be limited. You don't want to be left out!

In previous years, Raffles, 50/50 draws, silent auctions and contestant pledges helped to raise over $8000.00 and $17,000. This year we are hoping to raise over $20,000.00 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Oh ya, and October also marks Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, Pork & Popcorn Month, Toot Your Flute Day on the 4th, Scare a friend Day on the 1st, Ugly Pickup Truck Day on the 28th, Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern To Work Day on the 29th, and Haunted Refrigerator Night on the 30th plus 'mole day', 'mule day' and 'reptile awareness day'. [more]

Daylight Savings on the 29th, so don't forget to "fall back".




Grace O'Malley's in Stittsville
Thursays w/ Dog
beginning Oct. 12th


Sat. Oct. 21, 2006 7pm-2am
with Special Guest Host
2006 Canadian Idol "Top 18"
Chris Labelle

in support of
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation


w/ Stray

Tuesday, October 31st
Prizes for Best Costumes

[Scary-oke photo gallery]


Special Events: Monthly Calendar

Oct.  3 - Stray's 1st Tuesday show at Swizzles
Oct. 12 - Paw Party at Grace O'Malley's
Oct. 14 - 5th Annversary Party at O'Brien's
Oct. 21 - Pump Idol at Lt. Pump
Oct. 26 - Royal-oke at Royal Oak, Orleans
Oct. 31 - Scaryoke at Swizzles with Stray


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)


with the 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.

9-1 w/ Dog

beginning Oct. 12th

[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)

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.



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

w/Hound 9pm-1am.

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

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

Wheelchair accessible,
FREE parking & NTN

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: OCTOBER 26th

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St. (Ottawa Center)

Four Play at Swizzles!
Four 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]

STAFF NEWS from the stables:

Thwack the Dog on the nose with a rolled up newspaper Wednesdays at
The LookOut, Saturdays at O'Brien's, Sundays & Fridays at Swizzles and soon, Thursdays at Gracies.

Bay with the
Hound Thursdays at the Royal Britannia Pub & Fridays at O'Brien's.

Get Wiley with our Coyote at The Cock & Lion every Saturday and Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Party with our adorable Stray Fridays at Puzzles
and NOW...Tuesdays at
Swizzles too!

Grab a Gator by the tail 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 over 200 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 OnlineThe online master database has been 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]


"Singing With a Cold"
(Better yet, how to avoid one in the first place)

by Mark Baxter

Winter and show biz don't mix.

Biting winds and piles of snow keep potential audiences at home and make things difficult for load-ins. Then there’s the additional burden of protecting your voice while everyone around is coughing and sneezing. As a singer, you can’t afford to succumb to the average two colds a year. Even if you’re a trooper and refuse to cancel, your instrument will be compromised and susceptible to harm. Not to panic, injury to the vocal folds is reversible, but taking time off to recover will put the brakes on your band’s momentum. Prevention is the answer. The good news is, for every cold-forming scenario, there is a counter measure. The bad news is, by the time the first symptoms show, it’s too late.

The germs which cause colds are always around. Constantly washing your hands and avoiding contact with others is not enough. The best defense is to keep your immune system strong by eating right (fruits and vegies), hydrating (two liters of water per day), sleeping (around six hours), and exercising for better circulation. Staying warm is also an important factor. In frigid conditions, your body works hard to retain heat. Dressing in layers, with a hat, water-proof boots and a scarf allows your body to focus energy on fighting off incoming infections. Use your brains. Wait until you stop sweating before going outside after rehearsal, and, leave a coat stage-side if a club requires a load-out directly after the set.

The winter holidays are a notorious time for coming down with something. Heavier foods and less physical activity increases the amount of toxins in our system. After a while, our bodies will clean house by producing mucus. So, find a way to stay physically active between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- and watch that third piece of pie. However, an abrupt change in lifestyle can also bring on a similar cleanse reaction. People who quit smoking cold-turkey or dramatically change their diet can expect cold-like symptoms to follow. I don’t want to discourage anyone from becoming healthier, merely suggesting a gradual change if you’ve decided to clean up as a New Year’s resolution.

Stress, of all the causes of illness, is number one. Juggling work or school with rehearsals and gigs, eating on the run with zero sleep, disrupts metabolism and forces the body to run on adrenaline. Anxiety saps vitamins, dehydrates, and leaves you vulnerable to whatever is around. That’s why colds always arrive right as your preparing for the big recording or showcase. Yes, you should be well rehearsed, but there comes a point where the push becomes counter-productive. Rest, like hydration, is an inseparable component of vocal ability. It’s important to remember that stress is 100 percent internal, and is always reduced by saying the word, -no.- So, for your voice’s sake, open up your schedule -- and chill.

I know it’s seems uncool to worry about health, but ask anyone who has toured for a length of time -- getting sick on the road sucks. It is not inevitable that you will catch a cold every winter. Hold firm to a belief that you will not get sick. If it's too late for this season, then for next. Adopting healthy habits now will pay off in spades in the future when you’re in demand. There is no remedy as effective as prevention. I’m sure your mother already told you most of these things, but that was so you wouldn’t miss school. I’m telling you so you won’t miss a gig. Big difference.

Okay, now let’s pretend that, despite your best efforts, you’ve come down with a nasty, aching, head clogging cold three days before an important gig. Is there anything you can do besides crack open a bottle of Jack Daniel’s? The answer is yes, but they aren’t nearly as much fun. To minimize the effect a cold has on the voice you’ve got to act quickly. Keep in mind that congestion, mucus, is what your body produces to flush out toxins. Over-the-counter medications (anti-histamines) dry up congestion but prohibit the necessary house cleaning. They also dry mucous membranes, like your vocal folds, which will cause you to lose your voice. So, reach for the decongestants as an absolute last resort. However, it is better to experiment with medications at rehearsals, rather then waiting until gig day. You should always know the effect something will have on your voice before you use it under the spotlights.

If you have time, instead of squashing the symptoms, help speed up the cleanse. Flood yourself with water and real juices to thin the congestion, lubricate your folds and flush your body. The juice should be freshly squeezed in order to get the most benefit. The best types during a cold are Orange (vitamin C), Celery (retains fluids), Cucumber & Cranberry (cleans acid deposits) and Carrot (vitamin A). If you’re not into juices, take supplements. The water-based vitamins like C and B complex are the first to be depleted when you’re fighting a cold. Unfortunately, a Mountain-Dew slushy has no vitamins, but does give a great brain freeze.

An important benefit of hydrating is that it may keep a cold from reaching your lungs. Throat clearing and coughing, which normally accompanies a cold, is very irritating to the vocal folds. The delicate membranes in and around the larynx become swollen and rigid, which is why your voice gets so deep and restricted. Inhaling steam will help loosen congestion in the lungs as well as soothe the vocal folds. Be careful when inhaling steam, you can burn your lips and nasal passages. Gargling with warm salt water will also help draw phlegm away from your larynx. (If the salt is collecting at the bottom of the glass, you’ve put in too much.) This is a good routine to get into daily, to clean and increase circulation of the mouth and throat. Teas, honey, or any other coating therapy may soothe soar muscles but will not heal the vocal folds. To reduce the swelling and get singing again, you’ve got to vocalize (warm up).

Low volume, barely audible, humming is a great way to start. Let your larynx choose the pitches. It’s better to stay with one single note (whichever is most comfortable) than to push or force the range. Allow plenty of time for your voice to loosen. Rushing the warm-up when you have a cold will greatly reduce the longevity of your voice and make conditions worse the next day. I once did a ten hour warm-up for a forty minute set. Refer to the warm up routine in lesson three, but remember, it’s not what you’re singing to warm up, it’s how.

Sleep as much as you can during the days leading up to your performance, even if that means skipping rehearsals. But, on gig day, don’t hibernate. Get up, take a long hot shower and do some light stretching and exercising to get your blood circulating. Mentally prepare for the long day ahead. Yes, it would be much easier to numb yourself with a bottle of Jack, but your condition the next morning will be twice as bad. The bottom line is, if you want a career as a performer, you’re going to have to learn to sing with a cold. Might as well start now.

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 October 2006

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30 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 9-1 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. 9:30-1:30w/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 ]

In order to safeguard the environment, we have chosen not to use either coal or nuclear fuel to power our equipment, rather, we plug directly into a wall outlet.
We are extremely proud of our environmental record!

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

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