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Views from the 6ix on Harbour Terrace

This flat is situated opposite Logan Park with a view of the sports grounds. The sign incorporates the street address and makes a couple of references to the work of Canadian rapper, Drake who’s 4th studio album, Views, was released on April 2016 through Young Money Entertainment. According to The Verge it was streamed over 250 million times in one week.

The 6ix

The album entitled Views is also known as Views from the 6. “The 6” refers to Toronto and in his trailer for the album Drake refers to elements of his life in The 6, “… Best I ever had. Bad behaviour. Old crib, new crib. …” the album is a reflection on his identity and his relationship to that place. The name he uses has been widely embraced according to The Globe and Mail and as evidenced in regular use of the hashtag #the6 or #6ix on social media platforms.

Why is Toronto known as The 6? One explanation for the nickname is the number 6 in Toronto’s area codes 416 and 647. An interesting fact from Pitchfork, Toronto as it is now known is made up of what were originally six smaller cities: Toronto, York, North York, East York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough.

Praying hands


Praying hands, Albrecht Dürer, c 1508

While the sign references The 6, it also displays an image of praying hands that feature on a previous album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the symbol continues to be used on his advertising, for example on tour posters.

Many will be familiar with an emoji of praying hands. In celebrity culture and on reality TV we see a lot of praying hands as people give thanks or acknowledgement while intoning, “thank you SO much”.

Interestingly this image, utilised by Drake in his advertising, is over 500 years old. The hands are a representation of Albrecht Dürer’s Studie zu den Händen eines Apostels, 1508, the relationship to Drake is unclear.




Huband / Husband House on Hope Street #flatnames

Sneaky Feelings was an early Dunedin Sound band who formed while at the University of Otago. Their hit single, Husband House (1985) which made it to 17 on NZ singles charts, refers to a house on Hope Street – the exact address is not known. The house referred to in the song was actually called Huband House, and according to legend, a group of eligible young men lived there.

The album cover and poster for the single both depict a house, but it’s not the flat itself, rather the photographer Jeremy, used the terrace houses on Dundas Street.

Poster for the release of the Husband House EP.

Poster for the release of the Husband House EP. MacLean, Lesley, fl 1985. [Maclean, Lesley], fl 1985 :Sneaky Feelings. New single. “Husband house”. A Flying Nun record. [1985].. Various artists :[Posters advertising sound and phonographic recordings made in 1985].. Ref: Eph-D-PHONO-1985-04. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23240531

In March 2014, a discussion formed around Ali Clarke’s blog post about the Dunedin Flat Names Project. A woman named Bronwyn commented, and to which Ali and I both replied.

“You forgot Husband house! (Huband House – donated to St Matthews Anglican Church) The sneaky feelings even wrote a song about it…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVCHn7-qBB8

“Hi Sarah, this house is important to us. The Sneaky Feelings wrote about it (held the NZ charts at #2 for quite some time) because, living in the house were a number of lads. It seemed that every time girls went around there, they ended up getting married. Prior to my husband living there, three couples from the house ended up getting married off. We were the fourth, marrying in 2005 – long after the Sneaky Feelings. Since then, St Matts has demolished the house; it was not structurally sound.”

Positively George Street by Matthew Bannister

Positively George Street by Matthew Bannister

Find out more about Sneaky Feelings on Audio Culture, or heck out Matthew Bannister’s book, Positively George Street, at your local library.

Husband House / Sneaky Feelings (1985) – lyrics

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Its been a long time since I’ve been back home where I belong

Life ‘round here means you must try to be hard and strong

One day when I want to settle down I’ll go there up to Husband House

I’ll leave my friends behind although it’s fun to stay here now

Seasons fall leaves have turned to gold and the wind blows cold from the south

Not sure what I wanted from you girl but I think it’s time that we found out

One day when I want to settle down I’ll go there up to Husband House

I’ll leave my friends behind although it’s fun to stay here now

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Point that thing somewhere else / The Clean


“Point that thing somewhere else” / The Clean

This is one of the songs mentioned in Graeme Downes’s article referenced in an earlier blog post about the “It’s time to go flat” on Clyde Street.