Outside Canada? Click here to watch the full short on YouTube.
3 years ago, Joshua Clark swallowed the human toe in Dawson City’s famous Sourtoe Cocktail. On purpose. He was run out of town. Now he’s back, looking to right his wrong.
Toe Captain Terry is a grizzled old Yukoner who proudly administers the Sourtoe Cocktail to thousands of thrill-seeking tourists every year. It’s a ghastly Yukon tradition that involves a shot of Yukon Jack and a mummified human toe.
Three years ago, that tradition was thrown into jeopardy when Joshua Clark, a writer from New Orleans, swallowed the toe. On purpose.
In 2013, Joshua was passing through Dawson City when he heard about “the most disgusting cocktail in the world.” As a man of many adventures, he wasn’t content just to drink the drink — he decided to take it one step further. He slurped down the toe, then proudly paid the $500 fine for swallowing the amputated appendage and slipped into the night.
A ragtag group of Soutoe alumni, angry bartenders and (according to some) a few Hells Angels went searching for Joshua, but he skipped town the next morning. In his absence, he was declared banned from the Downtown Hotel (home of the Sourtoe Cocktail).
- RELATED: The history of the Sourtoe Cocktail
Terry was—and still is—furious: Joshua left him with just one toe, and that toe is suffering from continuous use. Terry needs new toes so the Sourtoe Cocktail tradition can continue. He’s searching everywhere for fresh big ones.
What Terry doesn’t know is that his nemesis is back in town. Joshua has returned to right his wrongs.
Reflecting upon his actions—and all the people he has hurt—Joshua decides to will his big right toe to the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. But will that be enough to reverse his ban from the Downtown Hotel? And will Terry ever forgive him?
- RELATED: A sombre funeral for a tiny toe
A film by
Toe Master Terry Lee
Executive in Charge of Programming for CBC Docs
Edmund Stenson and Daniel Roher
Assistant Edited by
Garett Henry and Daniel Fishbayne
Archival Research Coordinator
Original Music by
Sound Designer and Mixer
Written by Scott Joplin
Preformed by Ben Fox
‘Home on the Range: American Western Rodeo Lullaby’
Written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley
Written and Preformed by Billy Torello
Written and Preformed by The Joy Drops
Victoria Anderson Gardner
Drew Shannon and Yannie Lo
Crew Outfitted by
Higher Ground Toronto
The Downtown Hotel
Julia, Bobby and Maddy Milnes
Ben MacInnis and Sheila Curran
Eric, Kevin, Joanne and Zachary Roher
Peter O’Brian and Carolyn Bennett
Andrew Stobo Sniderman
Archives Provided by
Library and Archives of Canada
Video Si Wagen