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 HarveyMiranda Jones, Sophy Merizzi and Sophie Marisol. To learn more about the history of the XX Files, listen here.


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Interview with Coral Short and their assistant Lari Jalbert on their relaxation session and exploration of sounds emitted by nature, Floral Sleep, presented on January 25th, 2020 and in a version for children and parents on January 26th, 2020 at Studio XX


Interview with Cornelia Sollfrank on her project, COMMONS LAB, which examines the areas of overlap between the commons, feminism and digital media through the idea of the commons as a speculative entity that creates spaces for discussion and debate. She discusses the beginnings of her engagement with digital art and cyberfeminism as well as the inspiration and the research process behind her project


Interview with Elise Boudreau Graham on her collective reading event, Not Content As In Happy, presented on February 16th and 23rd, 2019 at Studio XX


Audio documentary on the history of the XX Files, produced by Julia Dyck and Amanda Harvey with contributions from Belen Rebecca Arenas during their residency from May 3rd to June 14th, 2017 at Studio XX and broadcasted on CKUT on January 23rd, 2019. The show features interviews with Kathy Kennedy, Deborah VanSlet, Valérie d. Walker, Maia Iotzova and Nnedimma Nnebe


Interview with Sarah Chouinard-Poirier on her series of invisible radio performances, IndexE, broadcasted live in Studio XX’s gallery and via its radio stream from November 27th to December 14th, 2018. She also discusses the feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon that she co-organized with Amber Berson of the Art+Feminism project on November 27th, 2018 at the studio


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.


Interview with Annie Goh on GenDyTrouble: Cyber*Feminist Computer Music, her residency project at Studio XX. She discusses her influences, cyberfeminism, gender inequality in the music industry and the emancipatory potential of technology


Audio documentary exploring the gendered voice and its function in society, produced during the XX Files collective’s residency from May 3rd to June 14th, 2017 at Studio XX and broadcasted on CKUT on November 1st, 2017. The show features interviews with Erin Gee, Rebecca Woodmass and Hilary Bergen


Audio documentary exploring technofeminism and the role of women in relation to technology with a particular emphasis on the electronic music industry, produced during the XX Files collective’s residency from May 3rd to June 14th, 2017 at Studio XX and broadcasted on CKUT on October 11th, 2017. The show features interviews with Catherine Colas, Celeste Pimm, Cornelia Sollfrank, Leticia Trandafir and Corina McDonald


Interview with WhiteFeather Hunter. She discusses the beginnings of her bioart practice, as well as her works Parent Folder, presented at the 2016 HTMlles Festival, and Alma, which went viral via Reddit


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.


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.


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


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.