Sharine Taylor

  • @shharine
  • Writer, Filmmaker & Curator
  • she/her/hers
  • Toronto/Kingston, Jamaica
Sharine Taylor is an award-winning music and culture writer/critic and filmmaker.

Her combined passions for writing, archiving, media creating and curating has informed her approach in editorializing and documenting the expansive and generative cultural production that takes place in the Caribbean and how it materializes, transforms and takes up itself in different geographies.

In 2021, Sharine was a graduate of the inaugural This Is A Story course, a collaborative certificate program offered by The University of the West Indies’ Institute of Cultural Studies and The Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica. A recipient of the 2019 Magazines Canada fellowship, she fulfilled her term as the Assistant Web Editor at Azure Magazine where she explored the intersection of pop culture, architecture and design. In 2018, she was a mentee of Allied Media Conference’s 2018 Movement Journalism mentorship program, and in 2017 she was as intern turned contributor of VICE’s music vertical, Noisey. 

The music and culture documentarian is a verified tastemaker on discovery streaming hub Audiomack and currently holds a seat as a juror for the Polaris Music PrizePrism Prize, SOCAN Songwriting Prize and FACTOR. Sharine was also the recipient of a Canadian Screen Award in 2021 for Best Direction in a Documentary Series with her debut Tallawah Abroad

Her breadth of knowledge about the expansive and generative nature of cultural production within the Black diaspora and the Caribbean has afforded her opportunities to speak as a featured guest at events hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Music Week, Sony Music and more. In 2018, she was a moderator during the inaugural Scarborough staging of Nuit Blanche in a conversation between Director X and artist Ekow Minako.
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Creative Director

  • ocean & moonlight
  • Aug 2021 - Present

Assistant Web Editor (Magazines Canada Fellow)

  • AZURE Magazine
  • Jul 2019 - Dec 2019

Noisey Summer Editorial Intern

  • VICE
  • Apr 2017 - Jul 2017


My 2021 Highlights

10 Highlights

Editorial Portfolio

5 Highlights

Production Design

1 Highlight


Dec 06, 2021
Dec 06, 2021
Gave a guest lecture
Gave a guest lecture to Brock University's Black Women Writing Resistance class! The topic for the week was 'Reading Film As Text' and I spoke about my film Tallawah Abroad: Remembering Little Jamaica.
Oct 07, 2021
Oct 07, 2021
Gave a guest lecture
Gave a guest lecture to the University of Toronto's Caribbean Diaspora in Canada class! I was able to lead a lecture + workshop titled 'It's a Diaspora Ting: Caribbean Archives in Toronto' where I spoke about what informs how and why I document the expansiveness and transcendent nature of Caribbean culture. 
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Production Design (Digital Series)
Cat’s out of the bag! So excited to share that my first gig as a Production Designer was by way of the very Toronto-induced, chaotic, and equally endearing second season of Next Stop! It was so exciting to learn more about costuming, prop acquisition and set design and I’m super ready to do more projects like this soon.

Get into the newest season streaming now on CBC Gem:

Creative Director, ocean & moonlight
Aug 12, 2021
Aug 12, 2021
Published an article
In my latest for Audiomack, I spoke with BAKERSTEEZ about his new project ACTIVE and what his artistry brings to the fore of Jamaica’s music culture. BAKERSTEEZ is part of a collection of artists from Jamaica who are really broadening the horizon and disrupting what people think about the sounds Jamaica is capable of creating. It's less about deviating away from traditional (sometimes it’s not about that at all) and more about how can we diversify the sonic landscape and create something completely authentic and innovative. After watching these artists for years, it’s so great to see where they are now.
Jul 13, 2021
Jul 13, 2021
Published an article
In my debut for CityLab, I wrote about the proposed $6.3 million dollar feat to rename Dundas Street and its city properties and how that money would be much better spent improving the material realities of Black people.
Jul 02, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Published an article
For my KIND Magazine debut, I had the opportunity to write the introduction for the 'Welcome to Little Jamaica' story on artists who trace their roots and heritage to Little Jamaica, with photography by Jalani Morgan.
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