Riding The Wave : XX Files Pirate Radio

James Nicholas Dumile Goddard

James Nicholas Dumile Goddard lives on unceded indigenous land. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal was historically a meeting place for many people including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. He worked in community radio for 7 years. He plays the alto saxophone. His solo performance project skin tone explores issues related to race, the canon, and the future. He is also a member of experimental duos Platitudes & NYON


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.