Get ready fi roll wid di baddis team! Uprising is BASHY Magazine’s five-week mentorship program for Toronto and GTA-based journalists, photographers and illustrators of Jamaican descent interested in gaining digital and print publishing experience. The amalgamated work from program participants will make up the content of our ‘Diaspora: Canada’ issue. Participants will be paid an honouraria for their contributions.

Applications are opened from July 1 and will close at 11:59 PM (EST) on July 31, 2019.


Program Eligibility

  • Are a resident of Toronto or the GTA

  • Are of Jamaican descent/heritage

  • Are between 18-29 years old

  • Are able to commit to a five-week Saturday program (September 28, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th and October 26th)

  • Have an interest in or are currently working in the publishing and/or media industry

  • Want to gain digital and print publishing experience

Applicants will be notified by September 2, 2019 of their status in the program.

Important Notes

  • If you have any questions about Uprising, take a look at our FAQ.

  • The application takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, so we advise that you record your answers elsewhere first, and copy them into the text boxes below.

  • Please read the entire application in full and submit what is required.

  • Only one application per participant will be submitted and considered. Please do not submit more than one application.

  • Your submitted application will not be shared with anyone else besides our program coordinators and funders.

  • For any further inquiries, contact

Funding for this project has been provided by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach


uprising application form

Personal Information
Please enter all the required fields below.
Name *
Preferred Name
Preferred Name
If you'd like to go by a name other than your given name, please list your preferred below
Example: she/her, he/him, they/them, etc.
Address *
Please enter your residential address.
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to provide one piece of government ID during our first session. Please indicate the date on that piece of ID.
Contact Information
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Which of the following do you identify as? *
Uprising participants are expected to produce either editorial work or visual work.
How long have you been a writer/photographer/digital artist? *
Maximum 300 words.
Maximum 300 words.
Maximum 300 words.
Prompt The theme of the issue is "Diaspora: Canada". What have been the contributions from Jamaican-Canadians or Jamaicans who have moved to Canada. Feel free to explore the influence on history, culture, language, music, food, etc. We accept reported essays, profiles, photo essays and digital art that can be published in print in any of our five sections: Culture, Music, Style, Nyammin' and Arts. Your pitch will be in conversation with the theme. Writers: please visit our contributor page and scroll down to our pitch guide for how to format your pitch (there is no subject line but please include a working/tentative title in your pitch). Photographers and digital artists: if you're interested in pitching a photo essay/series, please see above and format your pitch similarly. If you are interested in just being assigned to a story, use this space to explain your shooting style and approach. If we are unclear about your pitch, we will contact you for more details. Maximum 500 words.
Cover Story Consideration
If you are interested in being considered to pen the profile or take photos for the cover story, please check this box.
Writers: Please leave the links to three of your best work OR if you have not been published, please upload three samples in one document, either separated by page or title. Photographers/Digital Artists: Please leave the links to three of your best work OR if you're unable to do so, please upload three PDF files below and return to this space to provide a two to three-sentence description of your work or its context. Feel free to also do this in a shared Google Drive folder.
Portfolio files upload
Please upload .doc, .docx or .pdf files no bigger than 20MB each
About you
Some of the information below is optional but allows us to get to know you more!
Feel free to leave the title and artist of the song or a YouTube/SoundCloud link.
Please leave your Instagram handle below if you have an account and are active
If you have a portfolio or website that showcases all your work, please leave the link below