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Volume 8 Issue 6

straight from the pony's mouth


Christa (silver)

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 June Pals
Susan (Sneakers) 5
l Troy (Vanilla Gorilla) 5
l Emily (Mouse) 7
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 15th.

Five days later, on the 20th, we get to celebrate the 1st day of Summer!

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

...and the full moon will grace us on Wednesday the 18th (definately a good night to play with Ocelot at the Bytown or Stray at GoGo's) oh! and! Friday the 13th join can join Hound & Pony at O'Beez, Dog at swiz or Stray at Puzzles (in the middle of westfest). Kewl!

...and now for some more fun 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 Venue News: show times & special events
  l WIN 2 Tickets to Bluesfest at Swizzles EVERY Tuesday in June
  l WIN Star of the Month Contest at The Lookout 1st Tuesday every month
l Staff News: Who's doing what where and with who
  l Play with Pony 3 nights a week (Fri. at O'Beez, Mon. at Edge & Tues. at Swiz)
l Strays's new Wednesday show at GoGo's is GoGoing very well
l Pal News: LookOut Star of the Month: Brian Clowes wins May Title
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: added High School Musical & Hannah Montana & more
l Show Schedules: June 20087  [Print Monthly Calendar]

Happy June everyone!

And a VERY happy June it will be for pals of Swizzles. Every Tuesday in June, sing a song with Pony or buy a bag of chips for a ballot and a chance to win a pair of tickets to Ottawa's Bluesfest (and what a lineup we have this year). That's right, a pair of tickets (approx. $80 value) will be given to one lucky singer (or chip eater) on June 3, 11, 18 & 25. So come on down, play, frolick, sing, or eat chips. You won't regret it. You won't!

Who's your daddy? Who's your daddy? Ya really better find out soon 'coz father's day is Sunday the 15th. The first day of summer is officially the 20th of June and don't forget "
Take Your Dog to Work Day on the 20th" (oh 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 the Ottawa Fringe Fest begins June 19th, The Nortel Dragon Boat Fest begins the 20th, Westfest begins the 11th, and the Ottawa International Jazz Fest begins the 22nd.

The summer solstice takes place on June 21st this year. 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. In Canada and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the summer season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest north (on June 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the summer solstice.

The declination of the Sun on the summer solstice is known as the tropic of cancer (23° 27'). In the southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged so that the summer solstice is the day on which the Sun is farthest south.

A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.

As the Earth travels around the Sun in its orbit, the north-south position of the Sun changes over the course of the year due to the changing orientation of the Earth's tilted rotation axes. The dates of maximum tilt of the Earth's equator correspond to the summer solstice and winter solstice, and the dates of zero tilt to the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox.

The reason for these changes has to do with the Earth's yearly trip around the sun. For part of the year the Earth's North Pole points away from the sun and part of the time toward it. This is what causes our seasons. When the North Pole points toward the sun, the sun's rays hit the northern half of the world more directly. That means it is warmer and we have summer.

* 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



Next Star of the Month Contest
June 3, 2008

On the 1st Tuesday every month

ONLY the first 12 singers to sign up before 9:30
will be entered into the contest.

A ballot will be issued with every drink purchased. At the end of the night, the singer with the most votes will be named
will receive a $25 bar tab that night
a $25 tab for every karaoke tuesday night for the rest of that month
be featured on the LOOKOUT'S FB Group as well as
the DOG & PONY Sound Website.




292 Elgin St.
(Ottawa Center)

Wednesdays w/Ocelot

whether you're laughin' with the hyenas or singin' with the fishes, a party with the ocelot is an awesome lot of fun!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Thursdays w/Dog

...and the fun just keeps getting funnier! but looks ain't everything!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


212 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Mondays w/Pony

...don't go over the edge. get under it with pony every monday.

[map] [photos] [schedule]


349 Dalhousie St.
(Ottawa Market)

Wednesdays w/Stray
...the new new new show
...the late late long show

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

Tuesdays w/Dog

...more bias free fun in the market!
and now, the 1st tuesday of every month will crown the lookout star of the month for a $25 bar tab every tues for the month and be the awe and envy of all your friends.

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

Fridays -
w/Hound & Pony

Saturdays - w/Dog

...like rust, the party just never sleeps



1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

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

...it's how the west was sung



344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

9pm-1am w/Stray
...because westboro rocks! And this month, westfest will kickoff on the 11th so you wanna make sure you catch karaoke with stray on friday the 13th (ooooo spookyboo!)

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Sundays w/Dog 9pm-1am
Tuesdays w/Pony 9pm-1am
Fridays w/Dog
...enjoy a threesome every week

[map] [photos] [schedule]


...live & direct from the stables
(all our hosts are guaranteed to be 86% alive at all times)


Dog gets frisky Tuesdays at The LookOut, and can also be found wagging various things Thursdays at The Cock & Lion, Fridays at Swizzles, Saturdays at O'Brien's. and Sundays at Swizzles.

Our kittens have most of the week covered with Stray hosting the party every Monday at the Royal Britannia, Tuesday at Swizzles, Friday at Puzzles and Sunday at GoGo's while Ocelot, hosts the party at the Bytown every Wednesday.

Hound hosts the fun at the Royal Britannia every Thursday and O'Brien's with Pony every Friday.

and now...

Pony can also be found every Monday at The Edge
Tuesday at Swizzles too!



Kibbles 'n Bits:

the lookout's
may star of the month
Brian Clowes
(aka Brian the Lion

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 or join the Pals on Facebook.

Our 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]



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

We have updated all our online libraries as of May 2008
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
- You wanna walk?


Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for June 2008

SunGoGo's, 349 Dahousie St. 9:00-2:00 w/Stray
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
MonThe Edge,
212 Sparks St. 9:00-1:00 w/Pony
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
TuesSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:00-1:00 w/Pony
TuesLookOut, 41 York St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
WedBytown, 292 Elgin St. 10:00-2:00
WedGoGo's, 349 Dalhousie St.

ThursCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Hound
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Hound & Pony
344 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
SatO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog

Library #42(Blue Library) 
Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)   [ click to see all Libraries ]

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