XX Files Radio



The XX Files is an intersectional feminist media collective grounded in community radio. Through innovative programming, the collective produces work that explores our current technological landscape in the broadest sense. Their work reflects an interest in themes that center around but are not limited to transmission practices, sound healing, electronic music discourse, noise, techno-feminisms, the voice, and much more.

The collective hosts a weekly radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM every Wednesday at 11:30 AM EST, as well as a monthly show on Montreal’s N10.AS. They also program and present live audio-visual performances, artist talks, pirate radio installations and DJ sets.

The XX Files is committed to validating and disseminating the voices and work of artists who face systemic barriers as a result of their race, sexuality, gender, lifestyle, class, ability. Through their programming, the collective seeks to create space for marginalized artists within the local scene, while mindfully trying to resist processes of tokenization and commodification in their efforts to participate in and contribute to anti-oppressive community networks.

Started by Deborah VanSlet and Kathy Kennedy, The XX Files first aired in 1996. In 1997, Valérie d. Walker joined the show that she will fuel for over 16 years along with co-hosts Anita Cotic, Bérengère Marin-Dubuard. In 2010, she welcomed Britt Wray. In 2011, the co-hosts Maia Iotzova and Maya Richman, and in 2014, Stéphanie Dufresne, aka Fanie de la Fresne, Amanda-É. Clément and Nnedimma Nnebe, aka The Urban Dweller.

The current team is composed of Julia Dyck, Amanda Harvey, Bára Hladíková, Miranda Jones, Sophy Merizzi and Sophie Marisol. To learn more about the history of the XX Files, listen here.


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Radio show recorded with guests Maria, Budlyne, Charles and Mylène, participant of Studio XX and XX Files Radio Camp, with the collaboration of Montréal Relève as part of its program Classe Affaire, offered to high school students in their 3rd and 4th year.

Aug 16 2018


In studio interview with game designer, Squinky. They play video games on air, and speak about game designing as resistance to gender norms and a way to work though social justice issues.

Nov 16 2016


In studio interview with artist Zinnia Naqvi. She speaks about her video installations up at Articule for the HTMLles festival and how her work addresses authenticity, narrative, and identities mediated through the internet.

Nov 09 2016


Bilingual Pre produced interview with Erandy and Martine from Studio xx about the HTMlles festival. The theme is Terms of Privacy. They discussed surrounding themes including privacy, intimacy, surveillance & how these ideas are explored by feminists in cyberspace

Nov 02 2016


Prerecorded interview Kimura Byol about their residency at Studio XX making Korsokow film #6261 MONTRÉAL. Kimura discusses how they explore dysphoria, adoption, and displacement through art. They also explain their project #6261 Montreal, where Kimura created a interactive and non linear film by exploring the number 6261 in Montreal, and having conversations with strangers.

Oct 19 2016


B_Please led a discussion about breast cancer awareness month, joined by Jules the Ghoul and IRL Human. Their talk touched on cultural expectations of femininity, cancer support group & volunteer opportunities, as well as cancer research & its surrounding discourse.

Oct 12 2016


Special guest Paloma Dawkins speaks about animation and game-making and her personal learning and practice.

Oct 05 2016


This week’s XX Files features discussions upcoming events in Montreal, including HTMlles festival and the artists exploring self-image in it.

Sept 28 2016


Amanda is on the show this week to talk about Pop Montreal and women-identified musicians involved with the festival.

Sept 21 2016


A re-run of a Donna Haraway talk.

Sept 14 2016


The XX Files chats with Malek of Sisters in Motion, a writing and poetry showcase by Black, Indigenous & Racialized Women and Femmes.

Sept 07 2016


The XX Files discusses the burkini ban and the broader context of the policing of women’s bodies.

Aug 31 2016


Discussions on the concept of utopia and how it relates to artist run centres.

Aug 24 2016


An interview with Unicole, a ‘pop star cult leader and digital salvationist, or spiritual transhumanist’.

Aug 17 2016


A re-run of an interview with Hera Chan on diasporic storytelling.

Aug 10 2016


A re-run of Justin Doucet’s interview with Pascale Navarro.

Aug 03 2016


This week’s XX Files interviews guests and organizers from the World Social Forum.

July 27 2016


Chatting with Amanda Harvey on her writing, podcasts, and her project ‘The Status of Sound’.

July 20 2016


This week’s XX Files features an interview with Olivia McGilchrist, Studio XX’s artist-in-residence.

July 13 2016


XX Files discusses feminism and current events on the radio.

July 06 2016


Discussion of hacking, phishing and internet security on this week’s XX Files.

June 29 2016


XX Files welcomes new host Julia Dyck, featuring discussions surrounding voices – the tools and instruments used to broadcast on the radio.

June 22 2016


Julia plays for us a performance piece she created with Siri, featuring discussion of artificial intelligence and our relationship with technology.

June 15 2016


XX Files reflects on previous special guests to prepare for the 20 year anniversary of Studio XX.

June 08 2016