Riding The Wave : XX Files Pirate Radio

Catherine Colas

catherine colas is a montreal based deejay (carmen), producer, radio host (dream theory on n10.as radio) & promoter based in montreal. she currently produces under the pseudonym “unromantic”, perhaps a play on words, since her productions tend to be very moody, while creating a blend of discomfortable atmosphere & compressed micro-soundscapes. this project seeks to create auditory landscapes that linger, trickle, sweep, glide & breathe, while all the while leaving the listener unable to differ calm from overwroughtness. colas believes that a sweet spot can be found between tensity & serenity, and that the median of these two flows can take form inside subjected indulgence.


The XX Files is the aural-satellite to Montreal-based feminist media arts space Studio XX. This intersectional feminist media collective works to explore all aspects of our techno-world from the perspective of women living it.

The show was started by Deborah VanSlet and Kathy Kennedy in 1996 on CKUT 90.3 FM and continues to features diverse, compelling feminist perspectives about art, technology and society. The XX Files represents a feminist statement about our relationship to the digital world through traditional media as both a feminist public and a social space that allows feminist icons and marginalized narratives to have their voices heard.

The current team is composed of Julia Dyck and Amanda Harvey. The collective continues to host the weekly CKUT show alongside two monthly internet radio shows, one on Montreal’s N10.AS as well as one on France’s CAMP. The collective also presents live audio-visual performances and DJ sets.

In the summer of 2017, The XX Files completed a residency at Studio XX where they produced a triptych of audio documentaries, devised a live A/V performance, and built FM radios. In March of 2018, they are curating and presenting a shortwave pirate radio festival for Nuit Blanche à Montréal.