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Volume 8 Issue 5

straight from the pony's mouth


Jean! flying frog

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 May Pals
 1 Pavlos
 4 Robert (Killer)
•  8 Vincent (Otter)
• 11 Donnie (Thing II)
• 11 John (Quigleys)
• 13 Sean (Fish)
• 13 Danni (Pony)

• 14 Alison (Lamb)
• 24 Michael (MF)
• 24 Chantal (Tally)
• 26 Stephane L
• 29 Raoul

Add your name to the Pals Birthday Calendar

Ah May! The sweet smell of new grass, May flowers and the promise of warmer months to come.

This year Mother's Day falls on Sunday the 11th. Buy your momma something nice or buy someone else's momma something nice. The possibilities are endless.

Victoria Day Monday the 19th.

The Tulip Fest begins Friday May 2nd.

And Ottawa's Race Weekend begins Friday May 23rd.

...and some unusual, fun or just plain whack May observances:

Monthly Observances:
-Asian Pacific American -Heritage
-Awareness of Medical Orphans
-Better Hearing & Speech
-Clean Air
-Creative Beginnings
-Family Wellness
-Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness
-Freedom Shrine
-Get Caught Reading
-Go Fetch! Natl Food Drive for Homeless Animals
-Haitian Heritage
-Heal the Children
-Healthy Vision
-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
-Motorcycle Safety
-Natl Allergy/Asthma Awareness
-Natl Arthritis
-Natl Barbeque
-Natl Bike
-Natl Correct Posture
-Natl Egg
-Natl Good Car Keeping
-Natl Hamburger
-Natl Hepatitis Awareness
-Natl Mental Health
-Natl Military Appreciation
-Natl Moving
-Natl Neurofibromatosis Awareness
-Natl Older Americans
-Natl Osteoporosis Prevention
-Natl Physical Fitness & Sports
-Natl Preservation
-Natl Salsa
-Natl Scholarship
-Natl Sight-Saving
-Natl Smile
-Natl Stroke Awareness
-Natl Revise Your Work Schedule
-Personal History
-Prepare to Buy A Home
-Strike Out Strokes
-Tay-Sachs and Canavan Diseases
-Women's Health Care
-Young Achiever's
-Natl Family May 14-June 18

weely observances:
-Astronomy wk1-7
-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

daily observances:

-Executive Coaching 1
-Frequent Flyer 1
-Law 1
-Library Legislative 1-2
-Loyalty 1
-Mother Goose 1
-New Homeowner's 1
-Save the Rhino 1
-School Principals' 1
-Stepmother's 1
-Melanoma Mon1
-Roberts Rule of Order 2
-Lumpy Rug 3
-Paranormal 3
-Wordsmith 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
-Cartoonists 5
-Cinco de Mayo: 5
-Totally Chipotle 5
-Astronomy 6
-Do Dah 6
-Join Hands 6
-Joseph Brackett 6
-No Diet 6
-No Homework 6
-Nurses 6
-O. Henry Pun 6
-Pilates 6
-Scrapbook 6
-Child Care Provider 7
-Natl Infertility Survival 7
-Scale 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
-Limerick 12
-Native American Rights 12
-Natl Nutty Fudge 12
-Receptionists 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
-Windmill 13
-World Fair Trade 13
-Mother's 14
-Race for the Cure 14
-Underground America 14
-Intl Day of Families: 15
-Natl Chocolate Chip 15
-Nylon Stockings 15
-Peace Officer Memorial 15
-Biographer's 16
-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
-Neighbor 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
-Brother's 24
-Tiara 24
-Natl Missing Children's 25
-Natl Tap Dance 25
-Intl Jazz 27
-Slugs Return to Capistrano 28
-Intl Day of UN Peacekeepers: 29
-Memorial 29
-Prayer for Peace Memorial 29
-Loomis 30
-Great American Grump Out 31
-Natl Senior Health & Fitness 31
-What You Think Upon Grows 31

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l Special Events: Pony's Party Pubcrawl May 13th
l Venue News: LookOut's Star of the Month Contest begins May 6
l Staff News: Who's doing what where and with who?
l Pal News: Pal parties and sightings
l Pal Birthdays: Pal's having pals, i mean, birthdays
l Holiday Origins: Everything you never wanted to know about Mother's Day
l Singing Tips: "Hoarseness: The Top 5 Causes & How to Avoid It"
l Library News: more new songs to all Libraries including High School Musical
l Show Schedule: May 2008  [Print Monthly Calendar]

In this issue we bring you more pal & venue news, like 'Pony's Birthday Pub Crawl', talk of rooftop patio karaoke at the Edge, The LookOut's "Star Of The Month" Contest begins May 6, plus another very informative article by Toronto based vocal instructor, Tammy Frederick entitled "Hoarseness: The Top 5 Causes & How to Avoid It".

I gave up my birthday many years ago when my youngest son Quinn was born not only on my birthday but a day or two before Mother's Day as well. Kinda like all those kids who lament their birthdays falling on Christmas, I gave up my birthday to Quinn and Mother's Day. Consequently, I don't tend to make much of a deal about celebrating the fact that the earth has circled the sun yet again while I was alive to witness it... only, this year is kinda special. I'm turning 45 on May 13 and very much feel like celebrating love and friendships and life. I'm finally kicking fibromyalgia's butt. I'm feeling stronger and healthier and happier and really do feel like celebrating so...here's my plan. I'll be working
at the Edge (Monday May 12) when the anniversary of my birth is ushered in at midnight. Then Tuesday, May 13 I'll be starting the pony party pubcrawl at the Lookout and then headin' to our most favorite home away from home, Swizzles for 11pm. Please come out and sing and play with me. I've been "away" too long. It's really nice to come home.

Last month we kicked off our newest show at the Edge Pub on Mondays. There is now some talk and excitement about bringing you Monday night karaoke from the rooftop patio at the Edge. Stay tuned for more info.

May is the start of all the wonderful outdoor activites and festivals this city has to offer. The tulip fest begins May 2nd and Ottawa Race Weekend begins May 23rd. When you're out and about and enjoying the downtown nightlife, remember all our faithful pubs and venues that kept your heart warm during the coldest months of the year, like Swizzles, 246 Queen St. where were host 3 wonderful karaoke nights: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

May also brings us World Laughter Day the 1st Sunday in May. Don't forget your Mama on Sunday the 11th. 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" 7-13, "Be Kind To Animals wk" 1-7 and probably most important, "National Dog Bite Prevention wk" 21-27.

more quirky holidays & national observances • origins of Mother's Day



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

crazy man...an awesome lot of fun!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Thursdays w/Dog

...and the fun just keeps getting funnier!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


212 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Mondays w/Pony

...why go over the edge
when you can go under?

[map] [photos] [schedule]


349 Dalhousie St.
(Ottawa Market)

Sundays w/Stray

...the late late long show

[map] [photos] [schedule]


41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

Tuesdays w/Dog

...more bias free fun in the market!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

Fridays -
w/Hound & Pony

Saturdays - w/Dog

...the party never sleeps

[map] [photos] [schedule]


1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)

w/Stray 9pm-1am
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1am
...how the west was sung

[map] [photos] [schedule]


344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

9pm-1am w/Stray
...because westboro rocks!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Sundays w/Dog 9pm-1am
Tuesdays w/Stray 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 100% alive at all times,
except for Richie. We make no promises on his behalf).




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. Stray hosts 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.



Kibbles 'n Bits:

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

Enjoy a $25 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Enjoy 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
: 2 pal discounts per year]



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


They are posted on the forum and website as we do with all new songs as soon as they arrive.

Libraries Online
Online master database:

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

easy popup & print: [weekly calendar] [monthly calendar]


The Top 5 Causes & How to Avoid It"
by Tammy Frederick

Maybe you are like many singers who have experienced a dry, gravelly voice the morning after a hard night of singing. You may not be too concerned about this vocal roughness if you are able to rest your voice for a few days, but what if you have to perform again tonight? What if tonight’s performance has to be the best of your life? Now, the state of your voice becomes all consuming.

How can I fix it? Is there some miracle liquid I can drink? How much water can I drink before the show?

Although there are some tactics that will help ease hoarseness, curing chronic hoarseness permanently begins long before it even happens and it involves dealing with the number of factors that cause it.

Cause #1 - Poor Vocal Technique

The number one cause of hoarseness and vocal fatigue is poor vocal technique. If you find you get hoarse after performing or rehearsing it is very likely that you are singing with a high larynx. To make matters worse, you are probably forcing large amounts of air through this high larynx by shouting or singing loudly.

The larynx goes up when the throat muscles or swallowing muscles engage and yank it
up in their effort to help you reach those higher notes. When this occurs the larynx becomes unstable and tension sets in. Then, in your effort and determination to hit those high notes you force a lot of air through the larynx, increasing the volume, and essentially muscling your way through the range of the song. This sets you up for a prime case of hoarseness. All that pulling and pushing and forcing of air has fatigued
your vocal cords and they have swollen. When this happens the cords are no longer able to connect properly, affecting the quality of your sound and seriously hindering your vocal range.

Solution: Seek out competent vocal training. Competent training is key, since there are
many teachers out there who can do more harm than good. If you can’t afford training, try some practice techniques. Practice your songs quietly, but don’t hold your breath. Breathe while you sing. You will have more control over your sound if the vocal cords are able to adjust to the pitches you need without the extra-added musculature. Try singing other genres of music and songs that are not like your own. Think of it as cross
training for your voice. A more immediate solution would be to lower the keys of your songs so as to avoid having to push and strain for the top notes. If you take time to develop your instrument you can increase your range and up the key again later.

Cause #2 - Inadequate or No Vocal Warm-up

It is shocking to me how many singers come into my studio with the complaint of chronic hoarseness and when asked if they warm-up before performing the answer is no! Always, always, always warm up your instrument! How long would an athlete last if they did not warm up their body prior to competing? Singing through your songs ahead of time is not a sufficient warm-up. You need to vocalize beyond the range of your songs.

Solution: Warm up your instrument before any performance, recording or practice session. If you work with a vocal teacher you should already have a vocal warm up recorded. Otherwise, find a keyboard and run through some scales using liprolls or tongue trills and words such as “mum” and “woof”. The key to a good warm-up is to
make sure you are breathing and not straining. Also include a physical warm-up. Do some general stretching to loosen up your limbs. Despite what some people may think going on stage “raw” only makes for inconsistent performances. And in any business, not just music, consistency is what makes for a successful career.

Cause #3 - Smoking, Alcohol and Coffee

Smoking, alcohol and coffee all do the same thing to the body, they dehydrate it. In order to function optimally the vocal cords need a certain amount of lubrication. When the body is dehydrated the vocal cords can become irritated. More pecifically with smoking the heat from the smoke cause the cords to swell, the cords then become thicker, making it more difficult to hit higher notes. I have heard horror stories of people who have started smoking to increase their bottom range - thicker cords produce lower sounds (because of the swelling) but at what expense to the longevity of your vocal career, not to mention your overall health. Competent vocal training can also increase your range – healthfully. Even if you are a non-smoker but sing, reside, or work in a
smoky environment your vocal health will be compromised.

Solution: I know I may not be able to convince the smokers to quit but my general advice to all is to stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. Drinking only during a performance or recording session isn’t enough; your body needs to be hydrated long before you start singing. If you drink coffee and alcohol try to match your consumption,
drink for drink, with an equal amount of water. If you like to drink tea for your throat, keep it as natural as possible. I suggest licorice root steeped in hot water and then cooled to room temperature. Drinking liquids at either end of the extreme is not good for the voice so keep drinks as close to room temperature as tolerable.

Cause #4 - Excessive Throat Clearing

Excessive throat clearing can also cause hoarseness. When you clear your throat your
cords slam together. If done excessively they will swell and fatigue. The need to clear our throat is usually a result of excess phlegm or mucous sitting on the cords.

Solution: Avoid consuming phlegm-inducing foods such as dairy products, chocolate and orange juice. Try to avoid eating right before a erformance or practice session. After eating, extra mucous is produced making it hard for the vocal cords to perform optimally. However, it takes a lot of energy to sing, so singing with no fuel in your body can be equally detrimental. Eat a regular meal a few hours before you have to perform
and then eat a small snack about 45 minutes before you go on. If you need to clear your
throat, cough and swallow instead followed by a drink of water.

Cause #5 - Illness and Fatigue

It goes without saying that if you are sick with a cold or the flu you will not be able to sing at your optimum. In a case of laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx) your cords are not able to stay connected due to the excessive swelling caused by a bacteria infection. If you suffer from chronic sore throats or laryngitis it is safe to say that you are physically run down. Fatigue will take a toll on the body and prevent the body from being able to deal with the stresses faced throughout a day. Our bodies are exposed to bacteria and viruses on a daily basis and if we are well rested our body has the ability to fight it off, if however, we are fatigued, under nourished and dehydrated the body’s ability to fight off these invaders is diminished significantly.

Solution: The key to vocal health is overall health. It is imperative that you take care of yourself. Eat well, drink water, and definitely get an adequate amount of sleep. Even grabbing a quick nap can make a big difference in your body’s defense system. If you find yourself battling with a cold or flu remember to avoid singing with a sore throat.
Singing with a sore throat is like walking on a sprained ankle. Give yourself adequate
time to rest and recover.

It is completely possible to have a vocal career free of hoarseness but it takes time and care to eradicate it permanently. Take the time to adjust your vocal habits and you will be able to deliver a consistent performance every time you sing and if you take care of your vocal health, it will ultimately take care of you.

Reprinted with kind permission from Tammy Frederick, columnist for Canadian Musician Magazine and professional vocal instructor who offers private lessons and voice workshops through her studio Tammy Frederick's Voice Studio in Toronto, Ontario.

Visit her website at: www.tammyfrederick.com


The Origins of Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many places around the world. Mothers often receive gifts on this day. Mothers Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May in the U.S. and Canada.

Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins. One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship — which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and mythology, the wife of Cronus; was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (March 15 to March 18). The Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In the U.S., Mother's Day was copied from England by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War with a call to unite women against war. She wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation. Today, some organizations are working to revive Howe’s original vision of a holiday that celebrates peacemaking by mothers and others. In the UK, the day now simply celebrates motherhood and thanking mothers.

In most countries, Mother's Day is a new concept copied from western civilization. In many African countries, the idea of one Mother's Day has its origins in copying the British concept, although there are many festivals and events celebrating mothers within the many diverse cultures on the African continent that have been there centuries before the colonials arrival. In most of East Asia, Mother's Day is a heavily marketed and commercialized concept copied straight from Mother's Day in the USA.
[source: wikipedia]


Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for May 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/Stray
41 York St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
WedBytown, 292 Elgin St. 10:00-2:00 w/Ocelot
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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