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.
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
Victoria Day Monday the 22nd.
now for some unusual, fun and just plain whack
-Asian Pacific American -Heritage
-Awareness of Medical Orphans
-Better Hearing & Speech
-Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness
-Get Caught Reading
-Go Fetch! Natl Food Drive for Homeless Animals
-Heal the Children
-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
-Natl Allergy/Asthma Awareness
-Natl Correct Posture
-Natl Good Car Keeping
-Natl Hepatitis Awareness
-Natl Mental Health
-Natl Military Appreciation
-Natl Neurofibromatosis Awareness
-Natl Older Americans
-Natl Osteoporosis Prevention
-Natl Physical Fitness & Sports
-Natl Stroke Awareness
-Natl Revise Your Work Schedule
-Prepare to Buy A Home
-Strike Out Strokes
-Tay-Sachs and Canavan Diseases
-Women's Health Care
-Natl Family May 14-June 18
-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
-Frequent Flyer 1
-Library Legislative 1-2
-Mother Goose 1
-New Homeowner's 1
-Save the Rhino 1
-School Principals' 1
-Roberts Rule of Order 2
-Lumpy Rug 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
-Cinco de Mayo: 5
-Totally Chipotle 5
-Do Dah 6
-Join Hands 6
-Joseph Brackett 6
-No Diet 6
-No Homework 6
-O. Henry Pun 6
-Child Care Provider 7
-Natl Infertility Survival 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
-Native American Rights 12
-Natl Nutty Fudge 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
-World Fair Trade 13
-Race for the Cure 14
-Underground America 14
-Intl Day of Families: 15
-Natl Chocolate Chip 15
-Nylon Stockings 15
-Peace Officer Memorial 15
-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
-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
-Natl Missing Children's 25
-Natl Tap Dance 25
-Intl Jazz 27
-Slugs Return to Capistrano 28
-Intl Day of UN Peacekeepers: 29
-Prayer for Peace Memorial 29
-Great American Grump Out 31
-Natl Senior Health & Fitness 31
-What You Think Upon Grows 31
all of the registered users on our message
enjoy their own personal BLOG
hosted on our site FREE.
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
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.
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
You can also add special events such as
your birthday party. Let us all know where and
when you will be celebrating.
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.
us a line when you register so we can give you
access to the special areas for our local singers
-the PALS Zone-.
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
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"
Kind To Animals wk" 1-7 and most important,
Dog Bite Prevention wk" 21-27.
DOG & PONY SOUND SPECIAL EVENTS
It's the Dog
1145 Heron Rd.
National Karaoke Championships
2 - June 13 - qualifying rounds
June 20 semi finals - top 20 males
June 27 semi finals - top 20 females
July 4th - Finals
Fridays -9:30pm-1:30am w/Hound
has a long standing reputation as "the
place" to hold that stag, bachelor, &
birthday party. [map]
SPORTS BAR (Ottawa)
344 Richmond Rd.
FREE parking & NTN
1982 St. Joseph Blvd.
Last Thursday Every Month
Party: May 25th
BRITANNIA PUB (Ottawa W)
1475 Richmond Rd.
Thursdays 9pm-1am w/Hound
plus $10 pitchers.
Canadian National Karaoke Championships
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!
8:00pm -12:30 w/Dog -
9:30-1:30 w/Kitty -
- Library #9¾
the Dusty Owl Poetry Group the 3rd Sunday
of every month for a special featured
reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke.
a few have ruined it for the many
and D&P will not be returning to the BRIG
& Dave (Tabby & Retriever) tied the knot
April the 25th.
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!
Scotty & Robyn (Cougar & Rabbit) are making
arrangements for their wedding in October.
100% cotton, silk-screened T-Shirts
"I Got Pawed" front breast/DPS
Available at all venues M,L,XL -$20
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...
is a great way to get to know the people you see
at many of the shows. There are over 260 registered
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
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.
DOG & PONY's Kibbles 'n Bits
& PONY Sound will be hosting
competitions in Ottawa for
Spaces are limited so arrive early!
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
Top male & female from each venue will
be named Venue Champions.
Competitiors may enter venue competitions
until they qualify.
Each entry requires registration form &
Pledges are required only the first time.
$1000 prize package of home karaoke system,
microphones and music library awarded to top
Canada's National Champions will be flown
to Finland to represent Canada at the Karaoke
Wrld Championships. Additional prizing will
See website for complete details.
month we added new songs to all our libraries on
April 13 and they just keep on coming.
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.
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
Do's and Donts Of A Vocal Performing Competition
Courtesy of The Canadian National Karaoke Coalition
*we are re-running these
tips for your benefit.
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
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
- If you have more than one song choice, mix them
up a bit to show your range and versatility.
-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.
- 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
- 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
- Sing to your audience. Make eye contact whenever
- While glancing is fine, avoid singing to the monitor(s).
- Have fun with your performance and the audience
- 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!
Singing Fix 7 Nights A Week!
& PONY sound
Shows for May 2006
No dogs or ponies have ever been harmed during our shows