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Let us get you acquainted with SonReal aka Aaron Hoffman. This B.C. born Juno and MMVA nominated rapper has a distinct take on hip-hop, one that has allowed him to build something of a cult-following. He’s beyond prolific, dropping a number of mixtapes over the years and his music videos have a tendency to go viral. Interestingly, he comes from a smallish mountain town of 40,000 people, Vernon, B.C. SonReal recently checked in with Far And Wide to share some of his favourite spots in North Okanagan.
What do you love most about Vernon?
My mum and stepdad are there. The lakes and mountains and the scenery is insanity. And, it has a dope skatepark called Polson.
So what are some of the things you get up to in Vernon?
Walk my mums puppy, play guitar on a deck, and go to The Village Green Mall.
If you’re not eating at home, where are you grabbing a bite in Vernon?
Panda Express and Arby’s
Where are your favourite places to go out?
Do you have any activities or adventures that remind you of Vernon?
Skateboarding and rapping.
What is it about your Vernon that makes it unique?
Not many rappers are from Vernon. That and Daniel Powter is from there.
Who was your hometown hero growing up and why?
Scott Yoma. He was the illest skater from around there.
Does anything about Vernon continue to inspire you?
My childhood there. My friends and team that are from there and do this crazy job with me each and every day.
Not many rappers are from Vernon…That and Daniel Powter is from there.
So did Vernon influence who you’ve become?
Definitely. I do everything for Vernon and Vancouver. Those two places made me.
Does Canadian geography or culture often find its way into your songwriting?
Yea for sure. I write about what I see and feel.
What is your favourite venue to play in Canada? Why?
I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the country while touring, which city or stop is your favourite? Why?
Vancouver. It’s where I built my whole career. I owe everything to Vancouver. <3
Which location or activity within British Columbia should more people outside of the province know about?
PEI. PEI IS INSANE. One of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Canada… actually…. the whole east coast is crazy.
Everything You Need To Know To Visit Vernon, B.C.
• Vernon is nearly a five hour drive from Vancouver and has a population of 40,000
• Even at 40,000 people, it’s one of the larger cities in the North Okanagan
• With tons of farms, orchards, and beaches, Vernon is a popular weekend getaway for those in B.C.’s lower mainland.
The Castle At Swan Lake, Sparkling Hill Resort, and Predator Ridge resort are all amazing places to stay
• Bring your skateboard if you’re visiting in the summer Coldstream, Polson, and Kalamalka are all decent skateparks
• If you’re into wine, Vernon also has a wealth of wineries and orchards open for public tastings and tours.
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