XX Files Radio



The XX Files is the Studio’s aural-satellite, a weekly radio show exploring all aspects of our techno-world from the perspective of women, queer and non-binary people living it. Tune in to CKUT 90.3FM every Wednesday from 11h30 to noon, and hear diverse, compelling feminist perspectives on art, technology and society aired on CKUT 90.3 FM, listen online at ckut.ca or download the podcasts here.

Started by Deborah VanSlet and Kathy Kennedy, The XX Files first aired in 1996, a few months later, in 1997, Valérie d. Walker joined & has led the show for over 16 years along with co-hosts Anita Cotic, Bérengère Marin-Dubuard. In 2010, Val TeQiiGaL welcomed Britt Wray and then in 2011, Ma*az: co-hosts Maia Iotzova and Maya Richman . And in 2014, the XX Files welcomed a whole new generation of bilingual women to the airwaves for our collective aural illumination! Stéphanie Dufresne, aka Fanie de la Fresne, Amanda-É. Clément and Nnedimma Nnebe, aka The Urban Dweller, added to the diverse vanguard of innovative pioneering spoken word power of The XX Files Radio Show!

The current team is composed by Julia Dyck et Amanda Harvey.

XX Files represents a feminist statement about our relationship to the digital world through traditional media. It is a feminist public and social space that allows feminist icons to have their voices heard.

The XX Files is part of CKUT’s HERSAY collective & is always open to new female-identified Technoqynaeical investigators who want to join the team and contribute to our cutting edge programming. Interested? Contact us at: xxfilesradio[at]gmail[dot]com (Yes, Sculley is listening!)



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