Sharine Taylor
Writer, Editor and Digital Content Producer
Sharine’s combined passions for writing, media creating and curating has made her a credible source for pop culture commentary and criticism, and a trusted voice for the latest in Jamaican music and culture. She is a verified tastemaker on discovery streaming hub Audiomack and currently holds a seat as a juror for the Polaris Music Prize, Prism Prize, SOCAN Songwriting Prize and FACTOR. Some of her editorial career highlights include receiving Magazines Canada fellowship, being placed on Invisible Publishing’s 2019 Best Canadian Music Writing list and Complex UK’s 2019 Highlights From The World Of Music Journalism list, and penning profiles on major Caribbean artists such as Spice, Shenseea, Protoje, Nailah Blackman and Jimmy October. Her aspirations to continue sharing the narratives of people with Caribbean heritage comes through her directorial debut: Tallawah Abroad: Remembering Little Jamaica. The short explores how a neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, affectionately known as Little Jamaica, fights to preserve its history and cultural legacy amidst gentrification. Her breadth of knowledge has given her opportunities to be a featured panelist at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Music Week and at Sony Music (Canada); a moderator for Nuit Blanche; and a guest on CBC’s The Current, amongst other opportunities to speak about Black, Jamaican and/or Caribbean cultural production. As an undergraduate, Sharine was a two-time recipient of the University of Toronto: Scarborough’s Equity and Diversity in the Arts award. She was invited to present her research on dancehall at the 2017 Global Reggae Conference at the University of the West Indies Mona campus which was later awarded second place at the University of Toronto: Scarborough’s Department of Sociology Undergraduate Research Day. Sharine’s work was recently published in the Catapult’s A Map Is Only One Story, the 2018 edition of Best Damn Hip Hop Writing, her reporting on rape culture in Jamaica was cited in Rape Cultures and Survivors by Tuba Inal and Merril D. Smith, and her insight on millennial workspace was featured in the New York Times best-selling title The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace by Lindsay Pollack.