“In autobiographical memory, a predisposition toward positivity may make negative memories more likely to be deemed inappropriate, targeted by inhibition, and thus rendered inaccessible to consciousness. Without such a mechanism, people might find themselves increasingly inundated by disruptive, and often painful, autobiographical memories (Anderson, 2001; E. L. Bjork, Bjork, & Anderson, 1998).”

As in history, we look back to the greatest feats of events and blindsight ourselves to our faults in actions and reactions. History is written by the victors. As the nights come and go, we crave and lust for the moments passed; our future looks bleak but our memories recalled in the brightest lights. Ancient Future’s aim is to conceptualize our past and future simultaneously, provoking all spectrums of reflection in a multi-dimensional setting projected over a weekend. Including both audio and visual arts, La Bacchanale will transform Montreal's famous Vieux Port into a walking wonderland on September 9th and 10th.

 Photographer: Vincent Geffray

Photographer: Vincent Geffray

Independence, experience and emersion were the forefronts of Ancient Future's first edition. A stunning display of DIY projects curated by local artists presented at Montreal’s breathtaking Quai de Horloge represented the desire and drive to present something authentic and personal. With their 2015 year jam packed with more than a dozen underground international artists, La Bacchanale went back to the drawing boards in order to better represent their adoptive city.

Known as one of Montreal’s fastest growing independent and underground collective, quality music has and will always remain a focal point. As they’ve unveiled their 2016 edition’s line-up, the shift in genres may come as a shock to a handful of followers. The addition of artists such as XXYYXX, and Tokimonsta are not among the ordinary style that “the underground” gravitates towards, but the schematic of multidimensional demands different realms within one setting. “Independence, experience and immersion play an equal role in the decision making process,” explained Victor Perchet, one of the four masterminds behind the festival.

There’s an age old saying, “Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.” In order to move forward, we must grapple the truth about the past in all its best and worst lights in order to foresee the future. Reiterating the concept of Ancient Future, La Bacchanale admitted that to serve better to festival goers, they had to open their doors to a wider array of artistic platforms, “We’ve learned that we cannot treat a festival the way we treat a large-scaled event. Everything you deal with multiplies exponentially: the stages, site, sound, line-up, budget - the list goes on. In order to fulfill the regiments to fully immerse our fans, we need a variety of eyes and ears to each individually participate in the final outcome of the product. But keep in mind, it’s still the same inspiration and ideas that we’ve always believed in,” they emphasized.

As a techno junkie, it’s difficult to imagine the encounter of underground and electronica and future beats. But as a person who lives for experiences and livelihood, I yearn to see the interception of the two worlds. Mixing two of Montreal’s most prominent music cultures carries the chance to launch of a world of possibilities in the city’s music scene. With most of Montreal’s festivals passing their decade marks, a fresh face in the city can prove to be a good thing or a handful of sacrifices imposed on the founders. As the second edition peaks around the corner, we live to witness Ancient Future’s defining moment...