Labour Day Sept.
(first Monday of September)
every Labour Day Monday marks the date of the
AnnualDOG & PONY Pals BBQ.
full moon will grace us on Wednesday the
A great night to come out to The LookOut to howl
at the moon with Dog after spending a lovely evening
on the patio of The Ugly Iguana with Hound.
22 - 1st day of Fall
now for some unusual observances:
Safety America Month
Kind To Editors & Writers Month
Good Manners Month
Seal Campaign Kick-off Month (Sept
Gay Square Dancing Month
People Skills Month
Strategic Thinking Month
Card Sign-up Month
& Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Allergy Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Important Parents (VIP) Month
Care Awareness Month
Cord Injury Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Your Mate Month
Healthy Aging Month
Gospel Music Month
Your Resume Month
Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
Childhood Injury Prevention
is Beautiful Days 9-11
Assisted Living 11-17
Building on Faith 11-18
Chronic Illness Awareness: 12-18
Bully Wk: 12-16
a Mensch Wk: 12-18
Teacher Appreciation 12-16
Center Constitution 13-23
Cancer Awareness 18-24
A Better Image 18-24
Animals Awareness 18-24
& Ranch Safety 18-24
Black Colleges & Universities 18-24
Your Files 19-28
Immunization Awareness 25-10/1
Boy's Day: 1
M. Nutt Day: 1
Carrier Day: 4
Late For Something Day 5
It! Day 6
Moses Day: 7
The Love Day: 7
Literacy Day: 8
Weirdoes Day: 9
Be It! Day: 10
Ideas Day: 10
Freedom Day 11
Games Day: 12
Cookie Day: 13
Bradstreet Day: 16
Day & National School Celebration: 16
Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: 16
Eat An Apple Day: 17
Up Day: 17
Coastal Cleanup 17
Appreciation Day 17
Day of Prayer & Action for lHuman
Friendship Day 18
Priest Day: 18
Like A Pirate Day 19
Day- A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children 20
Day of Peace/Opening Genl Assembly of UN 20/21
the World Day: 21
Diary Day: 22
Amnesty Day: 24
Kids' Day: 24
Parent Family 24
Star Mother's Day: 25
Neighbor Day: 25
Wonder Day: 25
Maritime Day: 27
Tourism Day: 27
Health & Fitness28
Your Grandchild's Birthday Day: 29
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summer begins to wind down we find ourselves winding
up for another Annual DOG & PONY Pal BBQ.
As always, the BBQ takes place on Labour Day Monday.
[See special events
for more details].
the kids go back to school. You'd
think that would be good enough, but no, September
also marks 'International Gay Square Dancers' and
'Fall Hat Month', 'Farm Animals Awareness Week'
and 'Dog Week' (18-24), 'Be late for Something Day'
5th, 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' 19th, 'Wife Appreciation
Day' 17th and 'Elephant Appreciation Day' 22nd.
also marks the annual migration of pals to various
parts of the planet for the beginning of another
school or work year. Neye, our unicorn,
has returned to Vancouver, Beth the goose
is off to Toronto for studies, JoAnna the chipmunk
also moving and Pavlos
is heading back to New York city (poor boy claims
to come back to Ottawa for "good karaoke").
schedules also have Gator moving his regular show
to Mondays at Swizzles, Dog is hosting the Tuesday,
Friday & Sunday shows and Stray can be found
hosting Puzzles on Fridays.
3rd Annual Pump Idol will be held on Saturday
October 21st this year with special guest host Canadian
Idol & Pump Idol's Chris Labelle. More information
and download pledge forms here.
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arrive (although it may take several more days to
get the information on the website or printed in
the new additions songbooks).
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DOG & PONY SOUND SPECIAL EVENTS
Annual DOG & PONY
Monday September 4th
Party at Swizzles
after the BBQ
w/ Gator until 1:30pm
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, fixin's & trimin's
Bring your family, kids, significants, friends
and a little something to share with others.
for directions] [BBQ
Sat. Oct. 21,
special guest host Pump Idol & Canadian
202 Sparks St.
with the Wiley Coyote
summer evenings on the Sparks Street Patio
41 York St.
Join the dog for a great howl at the moon
Gotta love the balcony overlooking the Market...and
oh the beautiful people!. Bartenders
1145 Heron Rd.
has a long standing reputation as "the
place" to hold that stag, bachelor &
1475 Richmond Rd.
Rock every Thursday
with Super-Hound 9pm-1am.
Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.
SPORTS BAR (Ottawa)
344 Richmond Rd.
FREE parking & NTN
1982 St. Joseph Blvd.
Last Thursday Every Month
Party: Aug. 31
[see all libraries]
8:30pm -12:30 w/Dog -
Tuesdays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog- Library
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog -
the Dusty Owl Poetry Group the 3rd Sunday
of every month for a special featured
reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke.
148 Bank St.
UNDER THE STARS
Don't miss Wednesday evenings on the
Ugly Iggy patio with Hound.
month we added 100's of new songs to all our libraries!
LIBRARY last updated July, 2006 ***
View all the libraries at a glance.
(fri & sat),
use at: Swizzles
& Lion (sat) &
Oak Orleans (last thurs
use at: Swizzles
(fri) & Ugly
use at: Swizzles
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songs, shows & events.
- Mark Baxter
would love to be able to sing better but I'm not
sure if training would be worth the effort."
People often toss me this statement to see if
I'll throw back a sales pitch about voice lessons.
I never do. I figure, if someone refers to improving
skills as effort, then they have no passion. What
good is any artistic adventure if there is no passion?
What I do offer is a different perspective on the
voice lesson issue. We all know of someone who has
an incredible voice and never had a bit of instruction.
These people just open their mouths and it comes
out great. Lucky for them. However, the common belief
that some people are born to sing doesn't mean that
the rest of us have to sit on the sidelines. Anyone
can improve the sound of their voice. My advice
is to think of it as un-training.
Pay a visit to a maternity ward and it's obvious
that we are born with the ability to produce sound.
Crying is reflex behavior. Singing is crying --
minus the tears. Within a short time after birth,
our personalities emerge and influence this basic
instinct. Some babies cry louder and more often.
As toddlers, we begin to experiment with different
vocal tones and the responses they provoke. When
two year-olds whine enough, they will either get
another cookie or be sent to their room. By the
time we reach six, the results of these experiments
have heavily influenced our personalities. We establish
core traits which stay with us a lifetime. If you
doubt this, visit a senior center and notice how
much a bingo game looks like a kindergarten class.
It's not that the seniors are acting childish; it's
that they are being themselves again. What this
means to potential singers is that, from a very
early age, we have trained our muscles to produce
sound in a particular way. Your particular way may
or may not interfere with singing. If it does, then
you've got some un-training to do.
vocal problems can be traced back to speech. As
kids, we're taught the meanings of words and how
to pronounce them, but not how to efficiently use
our muscles when speaking. This is expected to happen
naturally. It usually doesn't. Normally, emotions
dominate our motor reflexes and shape the way we
talk. Speech becomes an extension of our personality.
You can tell a lot about someone by the way they
talk, not what they say. There is a difference,
though, between normal and natural. Natural is efficient;
normal is what we are used to. Unfortunately, we
are so accustomed to the way we speak that our trained-in
tensions go unnoticed until we start to sing.
at a piano or pick up a guitar and the instrument
is ready to play. Musicians tend to take this for
granted, but starting with a pre-balanced, consistent,
instrument is a huge advantage when learning to
play. Open your mouth to sing and any number of
obstacles can compromise range, tone, volume and
flexibility. In other words, in order to learn to
sing, you got to build an instrument first. Most
instruments we play today are the result of many
years of refinement. As techniques for making pianos
and guitars improve, their sound and ease of play
improves as well. Instruments basically stay the
same from day to day. This provides a great foundation
for developing the skills need to play. We don't
have that advantage with our voices. Many things
can interfere with the "playability" of
our voices, from talking all day to tension held
in the jaw. Since most of these are not genetic
or "natural" limitations, they are removable.
an instrument requires nothing more than clearing
a path from inspiration to phonation. Whatever is
blocking the flow needs to be un-done. I'm not suggesting
it's easy, we worked hard to achieve these rigid
states and the body is not going to be happy to
let them go. What I am suggesting is that you don't
have to except your voice "as is." The
laws of sound are the same for everyone. Release
your throat and you'll have a great tone. Allow
your vocal folds to stretch freely and you'll have
great range and accuracy. Return your breathing
back to a reflexive, natural, state and you'll have
dynamic control. Think of it as un-training and
you'll have a big head start on the process.
Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private
and video lessons. To contact him, call: (800)659-6002.
Visit his website at: www.voicelesson.com
with the kind permission of Mark
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