Volume 7 Issue 1

straight from the pony's mouth


Coco (Puffin)

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
January Pals!

  2 Jen
  7 Cait
(Glam Kitty)
  7 Coco
  8 Kristy
13 Neye

18 Mark(Lavigne)
19 Ted ( Teddybare)
25 Katie (Jellyfish)
31 Pam (Purple)
31 Chris (Marshy)
31 Christopher (Dog)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Wednesday the 3rd. A great night to howl at the moon from the balcony of the LookOut.

...and now for some unusual, fun & whacky
January observances:

Monthly Observances:
-Book Blitz
-Celebration of Life
-Cervical Cancer Screening
-Coffee Gourmet Itnl
-Family Fit Lifestyle
-Financial Wellness
-ItnlBusiness Success -Resolutions
-ItnlLife Balance
-ItnlQuality of Life
-ItnlWealth Mentality
-Jump Out of Bed
-Natl Be On-Purpose
-Natl Clean Up Your Computer
-Natl Get Organized
-Natl Glaucoma Awareness
-Natl Hot Tea
-Natl Lose Weight, Feel Great
-Natl Mail Order Gardening
-Natl Mentoring
-Natl Personal Self-Defense Awareness
-Natl Poverty in America Awareness
-Natl Radon Action
-Natl Returns
-Natl Yours, Mine and Ours
-Slow Cooking

Weekly Observances:
-Celebration of Life wk 1-7
-Diet Resolution 1-7
-New Year's Resolutions 1-7
-Silent Record 1-7
-Someday We'll Laugh About This 3-7
-Women's Self Empowerment 3-9
-Home Office Safety and Security 8-14
-Universal Letter Writing 8-14
-Intimate Apparel 9-13
-Graves' Disease Awareness 9-13
-Natl Thank-Your-Customers 9-13
-Cuckoo Dancing 11-17
-Intl Thank-You Days: 11-18
-Natl No Tillage 11-14
-Natl Skating 14-22
-Natl Fresh Squeezed Juice 15-19
-InterNatl Printing 15-21
-Healthy Weight 15-21
-Hunt For Happiness 15-21
-of Christian Unity: 18-25
-Bald Eagle Appreciation Days: 21-22
-Natl Cowboy Poetry Gathering 1/28-2/4
-Natl Handwriting Analysis 22-28
-Natl Creative Frugality 22-28
-Natl Nurse Anesthetists 22-28
-Solo-Preneuring 22-28
-Natl Take Back Your Time 23-27
-Groundhog Days: 28-2/2
-Catholic Schools 29 - 2/4
-All that Jazz 30 to 2/1

Daily Observances:
-New Year's Dishonor List Day: 1
-Universal Hour of Peace: 1
-Z Day: 1
-Happy Mew Year for Cats Day: 2
-Natl Write to Congress Day: 3
-Chocolate Covered Cherry 3
-Dimpled Chad Day: 4
-Earth at Perihelion: 4
-Trivia Day: 4
Natl Second Hand Wardrobe Day: 5
-Epiphany or Twelfth Night: 6
-Natl Smith Day: 6
-I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day: 7
-Fruitcake Toss Day: 7
-Midwife or Women's Day: 8
-Natl English Toffee Day: 8 

-Natl Joy Germ Day: 8
-Show and Tell Day at Work: 8
-Natl Clean Off Your Desk Day: 9
-Word Nerd Day: 9
-Thank God It's Monday Day: 9
-Organize Your Home Day: 9
Natl Cut Your Energy Costs Day10
-Blame Someone Else Day: 13
-InterNatl Skeptics Day: 13
-Ratification Day: 14
-Penguin Awareness Day: 14
-Eagle Days: 14-15
-Champion of the Month Day: 15
-World Religion Day: 15
-Appreciate A Dragon Day: 16
-Martin Luther King Day: 16
-Religious Freedom Day: 16
-Customer Service Day: 17
-Judgment Day: 17
-Rid The World of Fad Diets and -Gimmicks Day: 17
-Get to Know Your Customers Day: 19 (Jan 19,  April 20, July 20 and October 19)
-Women's Healthy Weight Day: 19
-Inauguration Day: 20
-RV Workers and Workampers Days: 20-21
-Natl Hugging Day: 21
-Squirrel Appreciation Day: 21
-Answer Your Cats Questions Day: 22
-Celebration of Life Day: 22
-Natl Handwriting Day: 23
-Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day: 23
-Better Business Communication Day: 23
-Natl Speak Up and Succeed Day: 24
-A Room of One's Own Day: 25
-Natl Compliment Day: 25
-Natl Peanut Brittle Day: 26

-Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement: 26
-Holocaust Memorial Day: 27
-Thomas Crapper Day: 27
-Fun at Work Day: 27
-Freethinkers Day: 29
-Inane Answering Message Day: 30
-Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: 30
-Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: 31

Adding your birthday to the
Calendar has never been easier. 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.

Subscribe to the
DOG & PONY sound
Newsletter today!

Subscribe today!




l Special Events: New Years eve Party at O'Brien's
l Venue News: fire at swizzles forces temporary closure
l Staff News: gator, stray & dog will return to Swizzles when it reopens
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Singing Tips: "It Takes Two" (Think of yourself as dancing with air)
l Show Schedule: January 2007  [Print Monthly Calendar]

Happy New Year!

We hope your Christmas was warm and fuzzy & chock full of fun and friends.

January brings us "Happy Mew Year for Cats" Day on the 2nd, "Answer Your Cats Questions" Day on the 22nd, "Penguin Awareness" Day on the 14th (although I thought most of us were already aware of penguins), "Squirrel Appreciation" Day on the 21st, "Thomas Crapper" Day and "Fun at Work" Day on the 27th and "Fruitcake Toss" Day on the 7th (although I don't know who actually waits until the 7th). Plus, Bubblewrap Appreciation Day and Insane Answering Machine Message Day both on the 30th (what a great way to start off the new year). [more]

In this newsletter we bring you more great tips on singing, venue news and news about and for our pals.

A great big "thank you" goes out to everyone who helped to build and deliver Christmas hampers for "In The Spirit Of Christmas".


Special Events: Monthly Calendar

New Years Eve Party at O'Briens, 1145 Heron Rd. 10pm - 3am


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)


with our wiley Coyote

[map] [photos] [schedule]


Grace O'Malley's
1250 Main St.

Grace O'Malley's is temporarily closed
while it changes ownership and undergoes renovations.

[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)

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




1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

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

Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

Fridays 9pm-1am 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: THURS. JAN. 25

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St. (Ottawa Center)

Fire damage has forced Swizzles to
temporarily close its doors

check schedule for latest news.

As soon as it reopens it will resume the regular
4 great nights of Karaoke we've all come to know & love!
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

[map] [photos] [schedule]


...lively & direct from the stables:

Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at
The LookOut and Saturdays at O'Brien's,

Hound hosts Thursdays at the Royal Britannia Pub & teams with Stray on Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub as well as Fridays at O'Brien's.

Coyote can be spotted at The Cock & Lion every Saturday and Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Our adorable Stray hosts a fab party every Friday at Puzzles and Mondays at the Royal Britannia Pub.


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

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.

Pocket Pal Paw Cards
available at all venues

(collect the whole set)

all our hosts are equiped with:
Pal cards & punches
(if you've attended 2 or more D&P shows ask your host for a card)

What is a DOG & PONY Pal? Update Your Pal Status

Q: How can I become a DOG & PONY Pal?
A: Come out and play at 2 or more of our venues!

Green Pal Card
2 - 9 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Receive a $100 discount on private party

Red Pal Card
20-29 paws

Receive a $125 discount on private party bookings.

Platinum Pal Card
30+ paws
Receive a $150 discount on private party

[limit: 2 pal discounts per year]
Special Prices


Available at all venues
Regular Price $20
DOG & PONY Pal Holiday Sale $10
(includes all taxes)


"It Takes Two" (Think of yourself as dancing with air)
by Mark Baxter

Some dancers glide across the floor in a weightless waltz while others love to sweat it out in a sensual salsa. Whether you prefer to swing, fox trot or rumba, before you can hit the dance floor ballroom-style, you have to find the right partner. The image of two dancers moving in perfect unison is a good way to think of what goes on inside us when we sing. The larynx dances with the air. Communication is a vital ingredient between dancers; the synchronicity is achieved by eye contact and designating a leader and a follower. The same is true for singing; the larynx should always lead the dance. Problems arise for both art forms, though, when the communication between partners breaks down.

Just because there is an established leader and a follower does not mean one job is easier or more important. On the contrary, to follow someone in dance requires the same skills as the leader plus the ability to adjust to minute changes. As we sing, tiny muscles within the larynx flex and stretch to create pitch and dynamic changes. It is the job of the breathing muscles to follow this microscopic meringue like Ginger Rogers mirrored Fred Astair. If you anticipate a move of the larynx with your abs, the result is, well, like I dance. The reason my salsa step looks more like a soccer kick is the same reason many people sing out of tune or become hoarse. Once you start thinking about what should be reflexive, the freedom disappears.

You would think that the muscles inside your body would automatically be great singing partners. This is true for some people, but for most of us the breathing is forced and awkward. In search of vocal control, we manipulate the air rather than allow it to follow the lead of the larynx. The result is usually more pressure than necessary. The larynx, then, has no choice but to tighten up when paired with such a heavy-footed partner. The roles of leader and follower become reversed. This may seem like a minor issue since both partners should be addressing the same goal, but it’s huge. Using breath to control the larynx requires you listen as you sing. It’s like dancers who constantly watch themselves in a mirror, the moves may be right but they got no feel.

Releasing your breath over to reflex behavior requires trust. Alcohol is a popular way to reduce inhibitions, but it also kills the motor control needed to sing or dance. Translation: only I think my dancing has improved after I’ve had a few. Practice, my friends, is the only option if you want to sing freely. Breaking down the many physical elements involved in singing is the best way to learn to trust the whole process. The breath stream should be addressed separately because it tends to be the problem partner.

Developing your breathing is as simple as making a hissing sound. To coordinate the diaphragm with the abdominal muscles, sustain the hiss at the lowest volume possible for sixty seconds. Once you can produce an extended hiss, add a pitch to create a buzz. The goal, again, is to sustain a smooth buzz at the lowest possible volume. The reduced volume is to deny the tendency to push. Changing the pitch should not disrupt the buzz in any way. Basically, you’re using the tongue to monitor your air stream. Remember, the breath should follow the larynx.

Through repetition you’ll begin to trust the feeling of doing less. In time, there will be no need to think about breathing at all. This reminds me of the guy who is always practicing tango steps in the park where I walk my dog. Most people passing by think he’s crazy, dancing by himself, but I can relate to his passion. He’s reinforcing the moves so he won’t have to think when he’s with his partner. I assume he is the leader. Hopefully, his follower is practicing as much. You know what they say. It takes two . . .

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!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for January 2007

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog [closed for repairs]
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound & Stray
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St.9:30-1:30 w/Gator [closed for repairs]
246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Stray [closed for repairs]
WedLookOut, 41 York St.9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
ThursGrace O'Malley's, 1250 Main St. Stittsville [closed for renovations]
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 [closed for repairs]
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.

[Baffled as to why you are receiving this newsletter and want to unsubscibe? click here]