Toronto Police Shut Down NXNE Hip-Hop Showcase Featuring Rich Kidd, Tre Nyce; Cite 'Potential Gang Rivalry'

The first night of bar-hopping as part of Toronto's NXNE was dampened Wednesday with news Toronto Police nixed a hip-hop showcase featuring breaking rapper/producerRich Kidd before it even began."We're very sorry to announce that tonight's Smashmouth showcase at The Rivoli has been cancelled for reasons beyond our control," NXNE's official site said in a brief statement. "The venue has pulled the show because of security concerns."

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, and at the request of the Toronto Police and the Toronto Gang Unit, we regret to announce that our NXNE 'SmashMouth Mentality" showcase scheduled for June 13 at Rivoli has been cancelled," a post to SmashMouth Entertainment's Facebook page said mere hours before the event.

The concert, which was being put on by SmashMouth Entertainment, was to feature Rich Kidd, Tre NyceT.ShirtDenzil PorterThe Antiheroes and Notes to Self among others. But things started going awry hours before the doors were to open at 8 p.m.

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