Technology & Web

Ganjagram: The App That Gets You High & Legal


Photographer and friend of FIRST, Varun Baker, also happens to be a mobile app developer. And Varun smokes a little weed. Formerly of /slashroots his current project Ganjagram aims to one day connect buyers with growers of Jamaica’s highest grades.

Of all the apps to make, why this?
For most people there’s a grey area around Ganja and the Law in Jamaica right now. I did this because I spotted the opportunity and thought we need this. I think many people in Jamaica are getting caught up in all the things the government is not doing for Ganja in terms of communicating information. I see it as an opportunity to do it myself and the result was this app on Ganja and the Law in Jamaica by Ganjagram. It’s just like a free handy guide you can fit in your pocket.

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Food, Travel & Leisure, I Am

I am: Carlyle Gabbidon, Manager of Deaf Can! Coffee

Deaf Can! Coffee’s Carlyle Gabbidon

Deaf Can! Coffee’s Carlyle Gabbidon is a 27-year-old barista who’ll roast and brew you a cup of the good stuff with more feeling, more flavour than anyone else in Kingston.

Our logo is the Jamaican Sign Language for “coffee,” two fists stacked on each other, with the top hand rotating clockwise around the bottom fist. Imagine a hand held grinding mechanism where you manually had to rotate the shaft to grind coffee beans. For those who do not know the sign for coffee, we added the image of a coffee cup.

The text “Deaf Can” is at our core. Deaf people CAN DO anything that hearing people can do. The exclamation mark (!) is a critical component of our logo as it captures the emphasis of facial expression and body language expressed in JSL that cannot be shown by text. The colour and free flowing design of the ! is the trademark artistic touch put into every caffe latte we serve.

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Art & Design

Afflicted Yard X Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival – Peter Dean Rickards Tribute RIP

StudioFilmClub's Peter Doig and The Afflicted Yard's Peter Dean Rickards

For Pete’s sake… StudioFilmClub’s Peter Doig (left) and Peter Dean Rickards of The Afflicted Yard.

Five years back, Peter was invited to this same venue (Studio Film Club, Port of Spain) and to be honest he was a little apprehensive about visiting Trinidad. You see like any goood red-blooded Jamaican man, he couldn’t stand soca.


Yet just hours after touching down he sends this message: “Yow! The dancehall! All they play is dancehall…but way, way better selection than in Kingston!”

So when the Jamaica Film Festival doesn’t invite you; yet the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival does – maybe there’s a pattern…that perhaps you value our island’s creativity more than we do.

So thank you for this opportunity to be here to show and give a brief talk about Peter’s work, which has influenced the work of others throughout the Caribbean and inspired those from outside to visit our small island.

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