Volume 7 Issue 3

straight from the pony's mouth


Ky (Kalico)

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.

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
March Pals!
Ian (princess)

  2 Susan D.
  4 DanJ
14 Sam (seahorse)
17 Elly (filly)
21 Kevin (rabbit)
24 Barb (sheep)
24 Jenn (hummingbird)
27 Natasha (shitzu)
28 Sean (good)
29 Dave (eric's dad)
31 Monique (kitty)

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

The full moon will grace us on Saturday the 3rd, a great night to howl with Dog at O'Brien's.

...and now for some unusual, fun & whack
March observances:

Monthly Observances:
-American Red Cross
-Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

-Deaf History (3/13 to 4/15)
-Honor Society Awareness
-Humorists Are Artists
-InterNtnl Ideas
-InterNtnl Listening Awareness
-InterNtnl Mirth
-Irish-American Heritage
-Mental Retardation Awareness
-Music In Our Schools
-Ntnl Athletic Training
-Ntnl Caffeine Awareness
-Ntnl Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
-Ntnl Colorectal Cancer Awareness
-Ntnl Collision Awareness
-Ntnl Craft
-Ntnl Ethics Awareness
-Ntnl Eye Donor
-Ntnl Frozen Food
-Ntnl Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness
-Ntnl Kidney
-Ntnl Nutrition
-Ntnl On-Hold
-Ntnl Social Work

-Ntnl Talk to Your Teen About Sex
-Ntnl Umbrella
-Ntnl Women's History
-Play The Recorder
-Poison Prevention Awareness
-Red Cross
-Save Your Vision
-Small Press
-Spiritual Wellness
-Vulvar Health Awareness
-Women's History
-Workplace Eye Health and Safety
-Youth Art

Weekly Observances:
-Ntnl Write A Letter of -Appreciation wk 1-7
-Return Borrowed Books wk 1-7
-Universal Human Beings wk 1-7
-3-A-Day wk 3-9
-Iditarod Race: 4-19
-Celebrate Your Name wk 5-11
-Ntnl Pro Pet Sitters wk 5-11
-Read an E-Book wk 5-11
-Help Someone See wk 6-10
-Ntnl Cheerleading wk 6-12
-Ntnl School Breakfast wk 6-12
-Ntnl Procrastination wk 6-12
-Newspaper in Education wk 6-12
-Save Your Vision wk 7-13
-Universal Women's wk 8-14
-Girl Scout wk 12-18
-Campfire USA Birthday wk 13-19
-InterNtnl Brain Awareness wk 13-19
-Ntnl Toad Hollow wk 14-21
-American Chocolate wk 3rd wk
-Ntnl Agriculture wk 19-25
-Ntnl Animal Poison Prevention wk 19-25
-Ntnl Poison Prevention wk 19-25
-World Clown wk 19-24
-Ntnl Bubble (blowers) wk 20-27
-Ntnl Spring Fever wk 20-26
-Week of Solidarity with People's -Struggling Against Racism & Racial Discrimination: 21-27
-Ntnl Cleaning wk 26-4/1
-Ntnl Sleep Awareness wk 27-4/2
-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner wk 30 - 4/2

Daily Observances:
-Ash Wednesday 1
- Beer Day: 1
-Pig Day: 1
-Plan a Solo Vacation Day: 1
-Refired, Not Retired Day: 1
-Stop the Bad Service Day: 1
-NEA's Read Across America Day: 2
-World Book Day: 2
-Benjamin Harrison Day: 3
-I Want You To Be Happy Day: 3
-Ntnl Salesperson's Day: 3
-Shabbat Across America Day: 3
-What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day: 3
-World Day of Prayer: 3
-Courageous Follower Day: 4
-Hug a GI Day: 4
-InterNtnl Scrapbooking Industry Day: 4
-Old Inauguration Day: 4
-Healing From the Inside Out Day: 5
-Namesake Day: 5
-Saint Piran's Day: 5
-Fun Facts About Names Day: 6
-Ntnl Be Heard Day: 7
-Peace Corps Day: 7
-Unique Names Day: 7
-Day for Women's Rights & -InterNtnl Peace: 8
-InterNtnl Working Women's Day: 8
-Learn What Your Name Means Day: 8
-Joe Franklin Day: 9
-Nametag Day: 9
-Panic Day: 9
-Mario Day: 10
-Middle Name Pride Day: 10
-Dream 2006 Day: 11
-Genealogy Day: 11
-Girl Scout Day: 12
-Good Samaritan Involvement Day: 13
-Ntnl Open An Umbrella Indoors Day: 13
-MOTH-ER Day: 14
-Ntnl Children's Craft Day: 14
-Organize Your Home Office Day: 14
-Brutus Day: 15
-Ides of March: 15
-True Confessions Day: 15
-Curlew Day: 16
-Lips Appreciation Day: 16
-St. Urho's Day: 16
-Doctor-Patient Trust Day: 16
-Absolutely Incredible Kid Day: 16
-Companies That Care Day: 17
-Awkward Moments Day: 18
-Forgive Mom and Dad Day: 18
-Ntnl Biodiesel Day: 18
-Ntnl Quilting Day: 18
-Great American Meat Out Day: 18
-Ntnl Chocolate Caramel Day: 19 
-Swallows Return to San Juan -Capistrano Day: 19
-Ntnl Agriculture Day: 20
-Act Happy Day: 20
-Proposal Day: 20
-Well-Elderly  or Wellderly Day: 20
-Memory Day: 21
-Ntnl Dance Day: 21
-Naw Ruz: 21
-InterNtnl Day for the Elimination -of Racial Discrimination: 21
-As Young As You Feel Day: 22
-Ntnl Common Courtesy Day: 22
-InterNtnl Day of the Seal: 22
-InterNtnl Goof-off Day: 22
-World Day for Water: 22
-Near Miss Day: 23
-Ntnl Chocolate Covered Raisins Day: 24

-United Nations: World -Tuberculosis Day: 24
-Ntnl Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy: 25
-Pecan Day: 25
-Legal Assistants Day: 26
-Make Up Your Own Holiday Day: 26
-Education and Sharing Day: 27
-Kite Flying Day: 27
-Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day: 27
-American Diabetes Association -Alert Day: 28
-Knights of Columbus Founders Day: 29
-Ntnl Mom & Pop Business Owner's Day: 29
-Doctors Day: 30
-Mule Day: 30
-Bunsen Burner Day: 31
-Ntnl "She's Funny That Way" 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.

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l Special Events: Wine & Cheese Art Show - Opening Night of Dog's Exhibit Feb. 28 at The LookOut
l Venue News: Many helping hands are helping to restore Swizzles following the fire.
l Staff News: Hound will be on course with the military for 6 weeks, Stray & Dog will be filling in until his return. see show schedule for details
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they get wiser
l Pal News: Paws for thought
l Singing Tips: "The First Gig" (Not your first gig - the first gig of all time!)
l Show Schedule: March 2007  [Print Monthly Calendar]

In this issue we bring you news on Pals getting married, Pals having babies, Pals who've moved and Pals who are visiting. And sadly, Pals who have passed away.

On Wednesday Feb. 28th, Dog invites everyone to the Opening Night of his new
Art Exhibit "Doggie Style: Teaching Old Colors New Tricks" at The LookOut.
Wine & Cheese 7:30pm.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH the 15th. This March we also celebrate Ash Wednesday on the 1st, St. Patrick's Day on the 17th, and the 1st Day of Spring on the 20th!

March also brings us Beer Day & Pig Day on the 1st, Mule Day on the 3rd, Lips Appreciation Day on the 16th and Bubble Blowers week from the 20th to the 27th. [more]


Special Events: Monthly Calendar

41 York St.
Opening Night Art Exhibit: Wed. Feb. 28
"Doggie Style: Teaching Old Colors New Tricks"
Paintings by Dog
  Wine & Cheese 7:30pm followed by karaoke with Dog.

Cleaning & rebuilding parties
There is usually a crew at The Swiz most days.
your grubbiest clothes and all the mad skills you have to
help paint & remodel.
246 Queen Street.

[check forum for more news]


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

w/Dog 9pm-1am

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

Join the dog for a great howl at the moon Wednesdays 9:30pm-1:30am

The LookOut features a fabulous balcony overlooking the Market as well as a fabulous market overlooking the balcony ;)

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

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

Where the party happens every weekend!



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


[map] [photos] [schedule]


1982 St. Joseph Blvd.

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

Next Party: THURS. MARCH 29

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Swizzles is still closed for repairs.

Check schedule for latest news.

As soon as Swizzles reopens we 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, Thursdays at The Cock & Lion and Saturdays at O'Brien's,

Hound will be on course with the military for 6 weeks. During that time, Stray will host the fun at the Royal Britannia Pub Mondays & Thursdays and Dog will host Fridays at O'Brien's.

Coyote can be spotted at the Royal Oak in Orleans the last Thursday of every month.

Our adorable Stray also hosts the party every Friday at Puzzles.



Pals comings & goings:

Andrew and Cait (Puppy & Glam Kitten) have moved to Toronto. Luckily, Toronto is not toooo far and they are able to visit from time to time.
Troy (Vanilla Gorilla) has moved to Vancouver with his fiance.
John (Platypus) has moved to the Yukon to work as a police officer for a year.

Pals getting married:

Neal & Roxy (Wildcat & Lynx) were wed February 24th. They are now enjoying a honeymoon in Mexico.
Rob T & Crystal are getting married April 14th
Jeremy & Holly will be getting married in May.

Pre-Paw Pals:
Trisha & Dave (Tabby & Retriever) are expecting their first kitten this summer.

Pals doin' stuff:

Christopher (Dog) is delighted his paintings will be showing at the LookOut until March 31. Join us at the LookOut Wednesday Feb. 28th for the Opening of "Doggie Style: Teaching Old Colors New Tricks". Wine & Cheese 7:30-9:30 followed by karaoke with Dog until 1:30am.

Pals Passing: William Arthur (aka willpower)
Was taken from us suddenly on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 in his 41st year.

A DOG & PONY Pal memorial was held at O'Brien's Friday Feb. 16. His palvelope was passed around so all his friends could honor his memory by singing his favorite songs.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated

~~ View/Sign Will's Guestbook ~~

Gabriel Wynne-Jones (Piglett) was taken from us two years ago at the tender age of 22.

Dedicate your joyful sounds in his honor on Tuesday, March 7th.


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 your pals through our message forum. Currently we have 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.
check your own pal status online
update your pal status

Pocket Pal Paw Cards

(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

DOG & PONY Pals enjoy friendship,camaraderie and so much more including special pal pricing for private home and office parties & weddings.

Green Pal Card
2 - 9 paws

Receive a $25 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party

Red Pal Card
20-29 paws

Receive a $75 discount on private party bookings.

Platinum Pal Card
30+ paws

Receive a $100 discount on private party
[limit: 2 pal discounts per year]
Special Prices

Regular Price $20
DOG & PONY Pal Price $10
(includes all taxes)

Congratulations to Emily Render
(aka mouse)
who won the draw for
2 Tickets to Tragically Hip
at the Cock & Lion Show last month


"The First Gig"
by Mark Baxter

Which came first, the audience or the performer? Was the first performance of all time inspired by a random group of people in need of entertainment? Or, were the caves and forests of yesteryear filled with lone singers belting out their hearts without ever intending to present their talents to others? These aren't silly questions if you're passionate about performing. Because the answer to this "chicken or the egg" paradox provides the key for connecting with modern-day audiences. And while I'm not quiet old enough to have been there at the beginning, there is a lot of evidence as to how the first gig must have transpired.

Imagine a man at the dawn of humanity. He's walking along looking for food on some random Friday when he stubs his toe on a rock, again. The guy is not only in a fair amount of pain but also really aggravated. What are the chances of that happening twice in one outing? He can't think those actual words because he has yet to develop language but he knows he's not having a good day. Not only has he scared away any potential meals with his angry cries but he's also caught the ear of a nearby human who cautiously heads in the direction of the commotion. The curious onlooker crouches behind a bush and watches as the injured man vents his frustration by shrieking and howling at the top of his lungs. And so, in this very unceremonious manor, the first performance unfolded. Musicologists and critics will later refer to this type of emoting as "rock music." After all, it was inspired by hitting a stone.

Without knowing each other, a connection was made between those two ancient people. The spectator was captivated by the expressions and sounds of the other man because he related to the feelings. He continued to spy as the unsuspecting performer's voice then swooped up in delight upon discovering some berries, and then groaned downward in disappointment as the last berry was consumed. The vocal sounds triggered feelings of empathy in the one-man audience. Bonding with the stranger, he also released a sigh when the berries were gone, inadvertently calling attention to himself. Suddenly aware that he was being watched, the performer's heart skipped a beat as he realized that his actions had captured the emotions of another person. Wanting to explore this new connection further, the performer was sorry to see his audience scurry away into the forest.

The next night the man who had witnessed the impromptu performance wanted to share the experience with his woman. This being a time well before political correctness and without the ability to actually ask her if she'd like to see something interesting, he simply dragged her by the hair until he found the man he had spied on. Not only did this create the still-honored tradition of Saturday being date night, but it also doubled the audience of the previous day for the rookie performer. So the stage was set but just before the second gig of all time could get under way, something unexpected occurred.

Stage fright seized the performer's mind and body. How would he recreate the special circumstances that existed the day before? What was it that made his audience return? He desperately wanted to connect with these people yet he was in the dark about their desires. At a loss for what to do he ran over and purposely kicked a large rock with his bare foot. It certainly hurt but not like the day before. Embarrassed, he stifled his discomfort. His audience sat stone-faced. Then he grabbed some berries and woofed them down. He scanned the two onlookers for approval; bypassing the enjoyment he had previously experienced when eating the fruit. No reaction from his audience, until the woman shot a disapproving glance to her man for dragging her out of the cave for nothing.

Seem familiar? Since the second gig in history performers have struggled with trying to please an audience. And since that second gig, audiences have been subjected to a hit-or-miss chance of attending a great live show. What was true then is true now: An audience is most interested in how the performer feels. The first gig was spontaneous. The connection was real because the feelings were real. The next night the performer was so preoccupied with the mood of his audience that he failed to connect his emotions to the actions of his show. It's a simple rule: The singer leads the room. Let down your guard and feel something and the audience will be yours. Step on stage with your shields up and you're in for a long night.

Every human responds to basic emotions in the same way. We all cry when sad and laugh when happy. There are no exceptions anywhere on the planet. All healthy people communicate with melody in their voices as an extension of their feelings. Our pitch rises when we're excited and falls for disappointment. These are the same melodic cues that every song attempts to capture. In other words, music stimulates our emotions by imitating the sounds we produce naturally. On hearing a melodic cue, we quickly assess if the gesture is authentic. If we deem it real, we begin to search our own feelings for a connection.

Unfortunately many people feel uncomfortable navigating their emotions in public. They clam up and close the pathway from head to heart. The irony is that these are the people who would gain the most from opening up a little. So it is up to the performer to create an environment safe enough that the biggest hold-outs surrender to their emotions. That's why your audience has ventured out in the first place. They long to feel something but don't know how to get out of their own way. It's the old safety in numbers theory - which is why performers and audiences alike love a big crowd. The flip side is why it's such a challenge to have a good show when there are only six people in the club.

As always, it's best to lead by example. On any given night, during any song on the set list, there is an opportunity to connect with your emotions - and therefore your audience. You don't have to act out the lyrics. Think big picture. Joy, love, loneness or heartbreak are all typical song subjects because everybody can relate. To keep your performance real, draw from your experience. The heartbreak you're singing about doesn't have to be the heartbreak you're feeling. You can reminisce about the family dog that recently passed away during a break-up song. If you're still missing that pooch your audience will pick up on those feelings and start searching their hearts for what they miss most. Before long everyone is tearing up. No one has to know that the "she" that left you had four legs and a very cold nose.

So which came first? The answer is neither audience nor performer. It was emotion that started the whole entertainment business. And it is the pursuit of an emotional experience that draws people out of the comfort of their modern day caves and brings them elbow to elbow with strangers. It is an agreement with the way you feel about things that will inspire someone to start your fan club. So start connecting the way you feel to the songs you sing and inspire your audience to explore their emotions. Because no matter how well you can sing or play, it's the way you make people feel that is remembered most.

Mark Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private and video lessons.
To contact him, call: (800)659-6002. Visit his website at:


Serving Your Singing Fix!

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for March 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
ThursCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 9-1 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9-1 w/Hound
ThursRoyal Oak Orleans1981 St.Joseph 9-1 w/Coyote (last thurs each month)
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 0 w/Dog

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 fuelto power our equipment. Instead, 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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