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Volume 7 Issue 6

straight from the pony's mouth


Laura & Rick
mink & prairie dog

our pal
of the month

Each month we feature a different Pal 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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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 June Pals
Susan (Sneakers) 5
l Troy (Vanilla Gorilla) 5
l Mike (Wyld Dawg) 13
l Leah (Shinypants) 15
l Jessica 17
l Jeff (Duck) 17
l Kat 19
l Brent (Goffin) 19
l Richie (Hound) 24
l Constance (Pussinboots) 29

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar
June bears witness to the celebration of Dads everywhere on Father's Day Sunday the 17th.

Four days later, on the 21st, we get to celebrate the 1st day of Summer!

St. Jean Baptiste Day
falls on Sunday the 24th this year.

...and the full moon will grace us on Sunday the 30th (definately a good night to come out to Swizzles to howl at the moon with dog).

...and now for some unusual observances:

Monthly Observances:
Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
Cancer From The Sun Month
Celibacy Awareness Month
Child Vision Awareness Month
Children's Awareness Month
Dairy Alternative Month
Effective Communications Month
Entrepreneurs "Do It Yourself" Marketing Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Gay & Lesbian Pride Month
Intl Accordion Awareness Month
Intl Childhood Cancer Campaign Month
Intl Men's Month
Dairy Month
June is Lane Courtesy Month (Link)
June is Perennial Gardening Month
June is Turkey Lovers Month
Learn French Month
National Aphasia Awareness Month
National Candy Month
National GLBT (Gay,Lesbian,Bisexual & Transgender) Month
National Ice Tea Month
National Rivers Month
National Rose Month
National Safety Month
National Soul Food Month
National Steakhouse Month
Pharmacists Declare War on Alcoholism Month
Potty Training Awareness Month
Professional Wellness Month
Rebuild Your Life Month
Sports America Kids Month
Student Safety Month
Vision Research Month
World Infertility Month

Weekly Observances:
Intl Clothesline wk: 2-9
Natl Headache Awareness wk: 3-8
Black Single Parents wk: 3-9
Natl Sun Safety wk: 3-9 Link
Natl Business Etiquette wk: 4-10
Telemarketing Awareness wk: 4-10
Superman wk: 7-10wk
Youth Cowboy Poetry Week: 8-11
Take A Kid Fishing Weekend: 8-10
Natl Automotive Service Professionals wk: 10-16
Natl Flag wk: 10-16
Families in Business wk: 11-15
Men's Health wk: 11-17 Link
Natl History Days: 11-15 Link
Youth Cowboy Poetry Gathering: 14-17
Nursing Assistants wk: 14-21
Fiddlers wk: 18-23
Intl Letter Boxing wk: 18-24
Meet A Mate wk: 18-24
Appreciate Your Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Professionals wk: 24-30
Carpenter Ant Awarenessk: 24-30
Fish Are Friends, Not Food! wk: 26 - 7/2 Link
Natl Prevention of Eye Injuries: 28 -7/5

Daily Observances:
-Dare Day: 1
-Flip a Coin Day: 1
-National Bubba Day: 2
- National Rocky Road Day: 2
-Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day"): 3
-Applesauce Cake Day: 4
-Hug Your Cat Day: 4
-Old Maid's Day: 4
- World Environment Day: 5
-National Gardening Exercise Day- Get out and exercise with your plants: 6
-Donut Days: 6 & 7
- Ntl Yo-Yo Day: 6
- Ntl Chocolate Ice Cream Day: 7

-Upsy Daisy Day: 8

- Best Friends Day: 8
- Name Your Poison Day: 8
- Donald Duck Day: 9
- Iced Tea Day: 10
-Red Rose Day 12
-Sewing Machine Day 13
-Blame Someone Else Day: 13
-Intl Skeptics Day: 13
-Flag Day 14
-Smile Power Day 15
-Fresh Veggies Day 16
-National Hollerin' Contest Day - third Saturday in June 16
-Eat Your Vegetables Day 17
-World Juggler's Day 17
-Go Fishing Day18
-Intl Panic Day18
-National Splurge Day 18

-World Sauntering Day: 19
-Take Your Dog to Work Day 20
- Ice Cream Soda Day 20
-Join Hands Day: 21
-Pick Up Some Litter Day: 21
-Summer Solstice 21
-Go Skate Day 21
-National Chocolate Eclair Day 22
-National Columnists Day 23
-National Pink Day 23
-Take Your Dog to Work Day 23

-Let It Go Day: 23
-Creation of the Senses Day: 24
-Swim a Lap Day 24
-Log Cabin Day 25
-National Catfish Day 25
-Beautician's Day 26
-Forgiveness Day 26
-Paul Bunyan Day 27
-Sun Glasses Day 27

-Decide to Be Married Day: 27
-Insurance Awareness Day 28
-Camera Day 29
-Waffle Iron Day 29
-Meteor Day 30

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l Bulletin: News on Dixie's Condition
l Pal News: News from and for our Pals
l Venue News: show times & special events
l Staff News: Who's doing what where and with who? welcome mouse!
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they just have more fun
l Holiday Origins: Everything you never wanted to know about Father's Day
l Singing Tips: "Un-training - Improve Your Voice"
l New Songs: More Songs Added May 28th & all libraries updated online
l Show Schedule: June 2007  [Print Monthly Calendar]

Happy June everyone!

Who's your daddy? Ya better find out soon 'coz father's day is comin' up, Sunday the 17th. The first day of summer is officially the 21st of June and don't forget "
Take Your Dog to Work Day on the 20th" (won't your boss be surprised).

It's the start of summer and we know you're eager to par-tay, so what holidays can you celebrate in June? Well, there aren't any major holidays but there are plenty of fun celebrations to observe this month like Donald Duck's Birthday on June 9th.

Donald Fauntleroy Duck's birthday is officially recognized as June 9th. On this day in 1934, he debuted in the Silly Symphony cartoon, 'The Wise Little Hen'. This year Donald will turn 72! Plucky lil' fella ain't he?

And for you Superman fans (and you know who you are) the city of Metropolis, Illinois was declared the Home of Superman by the Illinois legislature in 1972 and in 1979, the very first official Superman Celebration was held and has been an annual event ever since. This year the festival will be held June 8-11, 2007.

The summer solstice takes place on June 21st this year, at 12:26PM GMT. The summer solstice is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (between 15-20 hours of daylight depending on where you live).

Summer Solstice falls between June 20 and 23 of every year and has different significance for various religions. The ancient Chinese for example, celebrated the Earth, femininity and yin (the dark, passive element of the yin/yang balance) forces on the summer solstice.

This occasion is also called Midsummer because it is almost in the middle of the growing season throughout most of Europe.

more quirky holidays & national observances • origins of father's day


Our friend Michael Hoffman (aka the incomparible Dixie Landers) is in intensive care with grave injuries.

Those of you on facebook can stay abreast of his condition at the "Dixie Landers - Get well soon!" Group.



292 Elgin St.
(Ottawa Center)

Wednesdays w/Gator 9pm-1am

[map] [photos] [schedule]


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Thursdays w/Dog 9pm-1am

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

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

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

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



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

w/Stray 9pm-1am
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1:30am



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

9pm-1am w/Stray

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Sundays 8:30pm -12:30 w/Dog
Mondays 9:30-1:30 w/Hound
9:30-1:30 w/Stray
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog

The Ottawa Bears gather for Bear-aoke the last Friday of every month.

The Dusty Owl Poetry Group gathers the 3rd Sunday of every month for a special featured reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke. Everyone welcome!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


...live & direct from the stables
(all our hosts are guaranteed to be 100% alive at all times)


Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at The LookOut, Thursdays at The Cock & Lion, Fridays at Swizzles, every other Saturday at O'Brien's. and Sundays at Swizzles.

Stray hosts the party every Monday at the Royal Britannia, Tuesday at Swizzles and Friday at Puzzles.

can be spotted (or striped) every Wednesday at the Bytown on Elgin.

Hound hosts the fun at Swizzles every Monday, the Royal Britannia every Thursday, O'Brien's every Friday & every other Saturday.

This month we welcome Mouse, who joins our party animals in active storage as an official emergency host.

I never really thought I could sing. Not in front of people anyway, and don't even think about putting me on a stage. So what happened that I'm hanging out in bars just waiting to get up onstage and belt out a tune?

It all started in April 2006. I was new to town, and had made a few friends. These friends went to a place called O'Briens on Friday nights. I had gone to a concert, and the friends I was with wanted to go to a bar for a beer. My friends had said to try to come by, so I suggested that bar. We went, and I discovered a place I could really be myself. I wasn't brave enough to sing that night, but I vowed I would go back. The next Friday came, and I (not so bravely) got up and sang for the first time. Ok, so it sucked. But as I got comfortable and made friends, I realized that I was getting better. My voice was stronger, and I was getting compliments from everywhere. It was amazing, and I was having a ball. Soon, I felt weird if I missed a Friday. Like something was totally missing from my week.

Flash forward about a year. O'Brians is a fixture in my life, and I'm having a grand ol' time. Coyote has been bugging me to go out and get to some other venues, see some different people, try a different night... so I talk Chick (Kim) into coming with me to the Cock n' Lion on a Thursday. All of a sudden, my love for karaoke turned into an outright addiction. I hit as many shows as I could in the next week. I played my little heart out, and loved every second of it. I really became the Mouse of Dog and Pony Sound... and darnit, I want to stay.

For me, karaoke is as much about the people as it is the music. I'm not the best singer in the world, but the other Pals (and people in the bars) make me feel like I am. I have such a great time at the Dog and Pony shows, no matter what venue I'm at or who is hosting. It's this big fuzzy family, and I'm part of it. It's such a great thing, I don't ever want to lose it.

~Emily (a.k.a. Mouse}



Kibbles 'n Bits:

Tales of Arctic Platypus and Penguins Down Under:

Constable John Platypus Hardy will be returning to us from The Great white North in the very near future .

Olex, our penguin, has only just begun her adventure down under:

"Have I got a story for you!
First off Australia is great... I don't get all that much sleep but I pretty much take every invitation that comes my way...
Last Friday after looking through the local "what's on" paper I found a karaoke night... FINALLY!!!! The great thing was that it was coupled with 6$ cocktails... excellent... We got to the bar and turns out that it was a gay bar with a whole set of very intimidating looking lesbian... who ended up being the sweetest ladies on earth... The cocktails were HUGE and beautiful... and then I signed myself up for a song. So the deal with this place is that they have one host, and two other employees. The host and one of the guys do background vocals for whoever sings... its helps with people's confidence... and then they have one girl who works the cds all night. I got up when it was my turn and did crazy on you (they didn't have don't leave me this way)... When I was done, I had a nice set of applause, and the host going... "How did you get that big sound out of that little body?" he then asked me to stick around to sing a song of his choosing because he and the other guy were dying to do harmonies for natural woman... I did it and then scored a free drink from the bartender... In total I sang 4 songs in 2 hours... and only 1 was a song that I actually signed up for... Then this really nice young guy came up to me and said "no offence, but why are you singing in a shit hole like this" ... we started talking and then my Friend Lubo (the Australian I brought to do karaoke at the lookout) came in to our conversation... I got the guy's number... they were looking for a singer for their band. last night I had my first get together with them... again Lubo came along (I didn't want to go to some guy's house on my own in a sketchy neighborhood ... the guys are great!!!! They have a studio in the apartment and are really serious musicians... its sort of a glam rock band... with allot of electronic fun synth stuff in it... I don't what will come of this but I wanted to let you know... I really do miss you guys. ...BUT STILL HAVING A BLAST!!!
-olex... the penguin

P.S. They have wild penguins in Australia!!!!"

Pals doin' cool stuff:

Jeremy & Holly enjoyed a honeymoon in New York
Neye, our unicorn, was home for a visit and is now back at school in Vancouver.

Pals gettin' cool stuff:
Kitty and the bank now own a new used home.
Neal & Roxy are about to move into their brand new home this month.

Do you have news you'd like to share with the pals? Just drop me a line before month's end for inclusion in the next month's Newsletter. ~Pony
Stay in touch with pals through our message forum. There are over 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.

See our permanently "pawed" pals here.

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.
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10-19 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party

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We have updated all our online libraries as of May 2007
We've also added new songs to all libraries on May 4th, 18th and 28th

Libraries OnlineOnline master database consists of:

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

View Master by Artist pdf version
View Master by Title   pdf version

View Newest Songs added May 4, 18 & 28.

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Un-training - Improve Your Voice
by Mark Baxter - source Singer Magazine

Singer MagazineWe 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.

Learning to sing is a lot like strapping on a pair of roller blades for the first time. Some people are fearless, or maybe reckless is a better word, and fly off with little regard to the laws of gravity. They immediately fall flat on their butt, laugh, and get right back up to try again. Most of us, though, would rather not spend the day bouncing on the pavement. We approach the challenge with one agenda: do not fall. This mind set dominates muscle behavior. As soon as we are hoisted onto a set of wheels, we forget how to bend at the joints. We shuffle along stiff-legged, clinging desperately to any lamp post, tree or person within reach. The irony is that we still end up on the ground. A rigid body, which reflects our fear of falling, causes a loss of balance. The inability to loosen up also prevents us from developing a feel for shifting body weight from skate to skate. So at the end of the day, both personality types have sore backsides, but the carefree people have at least learned how to roller blade.

Pay a visit to a maternity ward and it’s obvious that we are all 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's 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.

We often brace in anticipation of singing a bad note as if it will hurt our bodies. It won’t. A bruise to the ego and a bruise to the vocal folds are completely different things. Like fearful skaters, it’s the singers who fear a vocal slip that cause themselves the most problems. Perfectionists,introverts and people who pride themselves on having good pitch are usually the worst offenders. Ironically, tone, pitch, emotion and longevity all suffer due to the over involvement of protective muscles like the tongue, jaw and neck. A cautious attitude doesn’t even insure that you will avoid vocal strain. Like falling, stiffening your muscles because you fear injury often causes more damage than if the body was loose.

Singing is a balancing act. The expectation that notes should always roll perfectly out of our mouths, especially when we’re just learning, is absurd. But don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re finding it difficult to let go. It’s not your fault. Pressure is placed on us the moment we start to explore our voices. For some reason, children are allowed to be clueless on every instrument except the voice. Nobody rips the violin out of little Suzy’s hands as she saws her way through, “Three Blind Mice,” but heaven forbid if she’s out of tune when she sings the same song. Kids that struggle with singing in grade school are usually detoured into sports programs or given a tambourine. Wouldn’t it have been great if they did that with math? Later in life, the stigma of falling off pitch or hitting a crack silences many would-be singers.

Most 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.

Sit 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 have 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.

It is vital that you allow yourself to sound bad as you work to improve your voice. Find a private place where no one can hear you; it’s hard enough to tune out your internal critic let alone opinionated roommates and family members. Your goal when vocalizing is to minimize muscle involvement -- no matter how bad it sounds at first. For this reason, it is important to distinguish the difference between sound and feel. We often say a note feels bad when it actually just sounds bad. Sounding bad is okay, feeling bad is not. Some people will put up with tremendous discomfort in order to make something sound better.

Singing should feel like nothing, like rolling down a stretch of smooth pavement. Correct notes are just as easy to sing as incorrect notes, so don’t add any effort when you want to sing something better. Cracks are simply a momentary loss of balance. They do not hurt you physically, so try not to wince if one zings out unexpectedly. To gain control of your voice, you need to learn to release your face, jaw, tongue and neck. Just like relaxing your arms and legs when skating, this usually creates a short term loss of control. Re-visit this slippery feeling until it’s trusted and you will be rewarded with effortless singing. The only difference between singing and roller blading is that you won’t have to sit funny while you’re learning. Think of it as un-training and you’ll have a big head-start on the process

Mark 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

(reprinted with the kind permission of Singer Magazine)


The Origins of Father's Day

Father's Day isn't just a day for dads to get more ties. It's celebrated on the third Sunday of June to honor dads, grandfathers, step-dads and all men who act as a father figure. Like most holidays that go way back, the origin is hard to trace but most people will agree that Sonora Dodd played a big part in starting the holiday.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd first brought up the idea of a father's day in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. When Sonora's mother died in childbirth with her sixth child, William was left to raise the newborn and five other children by himself on a farm in Washington state. As an adult, Sonora realized how strong and unselfish her dad had been raising his kids as a single parent.

Sonora wanted Father's Day to be celebrated on the first Sunday in June, because it was close to her dad's birthday. Instead, the first Father's Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made the third Sunday of June, Father's Day. It wasn't until 1972 that President Richard Nixon made Father's Day a national holiday - about 60 years after Mother's Day had been made a national holiday.

Favorite Sayings by Dads:
- Go ask your mother!
- Just wait until I get you home!
- When I was your age....
- My father used to tell me...
- I used to walk to school in the snow!
- Be home early.


Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for June 2007

SunSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30-12:30 w/Dog
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Stray
MonSwizzles, 246 Queen St.9:30-1:30 w/Hound
TuesSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Stray
WedBytown, 292 Elgin St. 9-1 w/Gator
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
ThursCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 9-1 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound
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 0 w/Dog

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Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)   [ click to see all Libraries ]

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