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As a snapshot of Toronto (mostly) in 1987, perhaps this doesn't exactly do the trick, but as a snapshot of a fairly tight subset of the scene, it certainly does the trick. Chalk Circle was just getting started and Parachute Club had just wound down, and maybe those two touchstones are as good as any to get a feel for one of the sound of downtown Toronto at that point: clean guitars, lots of keyboards, and an eclectic style. It's not as representative as it could be: Chop Sticks Haul Water appear three times, there are two versions of the same song by Eva Everything, and both Scott McGregor Moore and Kurt Swinghammer appear multiple times in different incarnations. The most interesting pieces are the all-electronic numbers by Alberta's Ohama, an instrumental piece from Radio Silence, and a reworking of Swinghammer's caustic "Canada Ha Ha."

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