Author | Photos Becca Lemire

Donna Martin Graduates and Naughty by Nature make a surprise appearance at ARTBOUND Fundraiser

Who would you pick, Brenda Walsh or Kelly Taylor? With most of the crowd choosing to dress like their favourite character from 90210, the annual Artbound bash felt like prom night at West Beverly High. If partygoers weren’t wearing floral crop tops, scrunchies and high-waisted jeans then they opted for the 90s grunge look with layered plaid, Nirvana t-shirts and Doc Martens.

From the stage, MTV’s Aliya Jasmine-Sovani and etalk’s Tanya Kim rallied the crowd by chanting, “DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES!” As expected, that got everyone’s adrenaline going (doesn’t it always?) but it was the surprise performance by Naughty by Nature that really revved things up. (Rappers Treach and Vin Rock were flown in especially for the fundraiser!)

“YOU DOWN WITH O.P.P? YEAH YOU KNOW ME!” Hands in the air and screaming at the top of our lungs, we were suddenly transported back to a rowdy Batmizvah in 1991. Kneeling on the floor and pointing to the sky, Treach did a tribute to 2 Pac and then poured Hennessy on his 2 Pac tattoo before inviting guests to whoop it up on stage for the last song.

It was, like, a totally awesome night. After gettin’ jiggy wit it for hours, we scarfed down a slice from Pizza Nova. Wicked.

Did we snap you shaking it to Hip Hop Hooray? Check out the gallery below. Whose 90s look do you like best? There were some good ones. Artbound is a nonprofit volunteer organization that harnesses the power of the arts to ensure that underprivileged children live better lives. Our mandate is to engage our local community in global volunteer, school building and mentorship. Read more about this amazing organization here.


  1. Allison Stokes
    September 23, 2013

    Blair McRobie you’re a sight for sore eyes.

  2. Blair McRobie
    September 23, 2013

    Allison Stokes did you see me somewhere dressed from the nineties? Hope you’re well!

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