"The Edmonton Reggae Festival Society is a family, community oriented musical event that does not condone any type of hate or discrimination against any person, community or group," he said.
"The Festival further understands that we have a moral and also legal obligation to our patrons and our sponsors to make this event what it should be, and that is a fun filled enjoyable music Festival for the entire family."
Local radio stations HOT 107 and CRUZ 95.7 are among the sponsors of the festival, and program director Troy Scott said they're awaiting the festival's statement before making any decisions. He first heard about the concerns regarding the performers' lyrics in a phone call from University of Calgary student newspaper The Gauntlet.
"I’m just after the truth here, there’s three sides to every statement," Scott told BuzzFeed Canada. The stations signed on as sponsors prior to the announcement of the lineup.
"One thing we can’t be a part of anything that promotes any kind of intolerance, that is not cool in our books," said Scott.
Global Edmonton is also listed as a festival sponsor. BuzzFeed Canada has reached out for comment.