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“The Capital Complex” celebrates Fredericton’s thriving music scene

The new music documentary "The Capital Project" is a love letter to filmmaker Tim Rayne's hometown and its quirky, thriving music scene. But, he says, "it has universal themes on how music impacts individual lives in positive ways."

You can watch the 45-minute doc for free on CBC Gem. In the film, "we were able to capture more than 180 musical performances from jazz, hip hop, classical, metal, country, electronic, and rock'n roll," says Tim. And no two bands sound the same. "It is truly a magical time," he adds. "I believe every music scene, anywhere in the world, will have moments of heightened self-awareness and immense output—a golden age. Fredericton is currently experiencing this cultural phenomenon." 

The idea for "The Capital Project" began with the famous Fredericton haunt, the Capital Complex, which inspired the doc's name. But it quickly went on to encompass many New Brunswick music venues. Tim says that in many ways, the Capital Complex serves as a microcosm for the local music scene. "Fredericton is unique in its density of incredible music talent," he says. 

And this documentary is just the beginning. An accompanying web series on YouTube will feature more than 30 hours of content once complete. Tim hopes that "The Capital Project" will inspire viewers to dig into local music a little more, wherever they might live.

"Many people still think that urban centres are the only places that experience an eclectic array of music talent," he says. "One of the positive aspects of social media is that people are becoming more aware of their neighbours." 

Local community has always been at the heart of Tim's career. "I was a lost young man in the late 90s who dreamt of making movies," he says. One day, he worked up the courage to walk into the New Brunswick Film Co-op. "That was my film school," he says. He started making music videos and short films. "For me, it's all about the process of making things and working collaboratively with people I respect and admire," he says. "I'm always learning." 

Tim has also worked in local radio, a career that exposed him to the city's incredible local music scene. In 2015 he started a production company and knew he wanted to work on a film that highlighted local artists. "The scene needed to be seen and heard," he says. 

And now, it can be. Stream "The Capital Project" for free on CBC Gem any time, any place.