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!)



This week XX Files sits down with Hera Chan, a McGill student and founder of Atelier Celadon, a community-based studio that prioritizes the work of artists of color. Hera Chan discusses the upcoming conference Common Aliens which includes a keynote panel, exhibitions and workshops on the topic of diaspora. XX Files and Hera discuss the complexities of cultural appropriation and repatriation and themes of self-care in diasporic community building.

Nov 25 2015


This week the XX Files looks back on an episode from May 13th. Cassie and Ariel are brought on as guests to discuss their coding workshop which focuses upon those with marginalized backgrounds. They discuss gender and race discrimination in the tech world and the myth of the tech expert.

Nov 18 2015


This week on the XX Files introduce a new Woman Crush Wednesday segment and discuss the work of Angela Davis. Cassie and Arielle discuss her writings on the abolishment of prisons in relation to the over-representation of black citizens in Canadas prison system. Topics cover the perpetuation of slavery, institutional racism and language barriers in Quebec.

Nov 11 2015


The XX Files Radio hosts invite listeners to participate to the CKUT 90.3 FM annual funding drive at   http://ckut.ca.

Oct 28 2015


Valérie Walker’s speech about Ada Lovelace at Atwater Public Library in 2012.

Oct 21 2015


The speech given in october at atelier Céladon about women of color and art institutions.

Oct 14 2015


VAL_TECCI_GAL shares a clip of a discussion Urban Dweller conducted at Maison Passages about food rituals associated with some of the most prominent religious holidays in Quebec.”

Oct 10 2015


Interview with the curator of the upcoming Atelier Céladon’s Common Aliens event. The event will be a ”conference bringing together artistic practitioners to explore and create a contemporary understanding of a people of colour diasporic way of being in Montreal.’

Sept 30 2015


Dicussion with guest Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky), a programmer and artist who creates experimental games and interactive elements about gender identity and social awkwardness. The discussion is about her current projects and upcoming projects.

Sept 23 2015


The grantwriting workshop organized by ELAN (English Language Art Network) and a conversation with June Park, the project manager for the workshop.

Sept 16 2015


Nicki Minaj wax statue at Mme Tussaud museum, which is perceived to be the latest example of the racism, sexism and objectification of black women body. The discussion then leads to another famous case of objectification of a black woman: Sarah Baartman.

Sept 09 2015


VAL_TECCI_GAL shares a clip of a discussion Urban Dweller conducted at Maison Passages about food rituals associated with some of the most prominent religious holidays in Quebec.

Sept 02 2015


Throwback from Urban Dweller’s interview with Compton Chic about the documentary “”Mic Drop : Where the Ladies at in Hip Hop?””

Aug 26 2015


A discussion conducted by Urban Dweller at Maison Passages with Philomena, a portuguese woman who’s been living in Canada for the last 51 years. She talks about Ascension Day, an important religious holiday In Portugal and for the portuguese community of Montreal.

Aug 19 2015


It’s Urban Dweller birthday! She plays music and songs she likes. Also, she talks about the upcoming movie Stonewall she’d like to go see. The film is about the Stonewall riots of 1969, an important event in the history of gay rights in the United States”

Aug 12 2015


A day filled with technical difficulties. Throwback to the first Urban Dweller segment (originally featured in January and re-edited). Gender dynamics in honeybee hives are paralleled with gender dynamics in the world of science. Evan Henry is a grad student and member of the ‘Bee Club’ at McGill’s MacDonald campus.

May 20 2015


This week on XX Files, Cassie and Arielle talk about their experiences with technologies as women. After facing barriers and struggling with the impostor syndrome, they decided to co-organize a HTML and CSS workshop for beginners, which is specially geared towards making technologies more accessible to people with marginalized backgrounds.

May 13 2015


Discussing Fanny’s project, Quintessence, launching the next day. She gives some insight on the project and Subversions: A Journal of Feminist Queries. They talk about technologies and the process of collective publishing, feminist community building and the theme of incantations that was chosen. A brief mention of Le Fridge in Rosemont, a project similar to the communal fridge seen in Berlin.

May 06 2015


Urban Dweller discusses the Baltimore riots, the reactions to these riots and the Black Lives Matter movement. An interview with Alana Thain about Cinema Out Of The Box. She mentions how cinema is being seen in nontraditional contexts and that she started teaching a production class on no budget thanks to mobile technologies and her work. She explains the concept of Cinema Out of the Box and how it is different to many outdoor screenings in Montreal, since they are not mobile.

Apr 29 2015


EARTH WEEK! April 22nd XX Files talks w/TML-P.A.R.E., coordinator of Awesome Shauna Janssen & takes a peek at all the immersive responsive architechno wildness going on there! Announcing the TML (Topological Media Lab) events and residency in the Black Box at Concordia. An interview with Shauna, who explains the goings on in the Black Box and the theme (place, architecture and responsive environments). She brings up the women coming in for residency and how this would impact the project, given that this is a male-dominated field.

Apr 22 2015


A segment from last week’s interview with Ytasha Womack, followed by 25 Ways to Make Love to The Earth. Val and Urban Dweller praise the arrival of spring, give some details on the Fan Jam and update everyone on upcoming events and XX Files scheduling. Urban Dweller talks to her little brother about the ongoing murders of unarmed black people in the United States. He gives his perspective – as a young black male – on the crisis.

Apr 15 2015


Val and Amanda present an interview by Fanny Dufresne (a student at the Simone De Beauvoir Institute) where Ytasha Womack (author of the book Afrofuturism) discusses and defines the ideas behind Afrofuturism. She says that Afrofuturism is a feminist space and explains how it is an alternative way of looking at the future. There is discussion of the invention of race, race as a technology, alternative futures, Afrofuturism’s relation to the past and the links between Afrofuturism and feminism.

Apr 08 2015


Interview with Léa Jeanmougin, an artist who completed her residency at Studio XX, on her project Les Vainqueures. Les Vainqueures aims to create a series of virtual collectibles (cards) showcasing important historic women through a website and a smart phone application. Léa explains the process of creating this project and introduces us to some of the women featured in it. The interview is in French.

Apr 01 2015


Interview by Maia Iotzova with Rina Fraticelli, the executive director of Women in View (womeninview.ca) and Anna Lupien from Réalisatrices Équitables (realisatrices-equitables.com) about the call to Government for Gender Equity Policy in the Canadian Media Industry.

Mar 25 2015