ffiles radio

The ffiles (fka 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 ffiles 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 ffiles 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 DyckAmanda HarveyMiranda JonesSophy Merizzi and Sophie Marisol. To learn more about the history of the ffileslisten here.

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Urban Dweller discusses the Israeli separation wall with Sarah Jamal, an international politics PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University whose research focuses on West Bank wall graffiti as a strategy for resistance and reclamation. An excerpt from VICE’s documentary series, “Palestine Vs. Israel – Against the Wall Part 1,” contextualizes the wall’s political history. Discussion covers the appropriation (and commodification) of the wall by international artists and the aestheticization of the wall from different Palestinian perspectives. Several Palestinian graffiti artists reclaim the narrative by drawing on the deep iconography, symbolism, and language of the region in their work.


Urban Dweller and co-host Vicki Smith discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A clip from TestTube News situates the crisis as a dispute over land (the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights). An excerpt from VICE’s documentary series, “Palestine Vs. Israel – Against the Wall Part 1,” contextualizes the wall’s political history. Attempt an interview with Sarah Jamal, an international politics PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University whose research focuses on West Bank wall graffiti as a strategy for resistance and reclamation, but technical difficulties postpone the discussion. Urban Dweller raises issues surrounding intellectual property, focusing on Cara Delevingne.


Nnedi the Urban Dweller discusses food cultures in various national and ethnic holidays.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.”


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.’


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.


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


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.