"Our lively Pub has become a kind of 'home away from home' for many locals and visitors over the years. We have created a cozy spot in the hamlet of Mabou, on the west coast of Cape Breton, which offers a delicious menu of Nova Scotia home cooking with a side order of live traditional music, 7 days a week!"
- The Rankin Sisters’
Live Music 7 Days a Week!
THE RANKIN SISTERS
World-renowned singers Heather, Cookie & Raylene Rankin along with their eldest sister Genevieve Fakoory, purchased the Red Shoe Pub in 2004 and opened its doors in 2005. Born and raised in the community of Mabou, the Rankin Sisters wanted to create something that gave back to their community. The Shoe currently employs37+ people and is one of the top tourism destination spots in Nova Scotia.
Angie Smith grew up in the neighbouring community of Inverness, Cape Breton and came on board as General Manager of the Shoe in 2007. Over the past 10 years Angie has been dedicated to making the Shoe an unforgettable experience for customers.
She looks forward to each season of serving great food, hearing great music and experiencing great times.
The Red Shoe Name
“The very first tune I composed - it’s in Gordon MacQuarries book - was ‘The Red Shoes’,” -Dan Rory
Johnny Gillis of North East Mabou, came up with the name 'Red Shoe' as a tribute to Cape Breton fiddler Dan R. MacDonald. After doing some research, former pub owner Rob Willson realized just how much Dan R. had contributed to the music and culture and decided it would be an appropriate name for the pub.
*Photo credit Ron Mac Innis
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