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WEEKENDER: Musical throwbacks, art battles, birthday parties, plus Verdi, Elvis, and four more gigs to kick off May

Les McKeown is rolling into town, bringing the music of Scotland’s international super group the Bay City Rollers along with him! Take a trip down memory lane and come sing along to hits such as “Saturday Night” and “Money Honey” as McKeown returns to Canada after a sold out tour in 2011. Although it’s been 47 years since the group’s formation, nostalgia has only made these classic songs better with time. $32. Friday, May 3, 8 p.m. Babylon, 317 Bank St., www.babylonclub.ca

Participants at last year's Art Battle prepare to paint —

On your mark, get set, paint! Working furiously behind back-to-back easels, some of Ottawa’s star painters make art look easy at this live painting competition. This dynamic event features 12 artists who are given 20 minutes to paint their best work on a given subject and vye for audience votes. The winner will advance to the championship event in Toronto. Once the frantic competition wraps up, the pieces will be available for silent auction. $15, students and advance tickets $10. Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m. Arts Court Studio and Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., www.artbattle.ca (more…)