5 Bucks at the Door- The Story of Crocks N Rolls

When watching the Music Documentary “Five Bucks At The Door” which is the 90-minute film focusing on the music scene in Thunder Bay, you get a real sense of one man’s passion as well as the community that supported Frank Loffredo whom this film is based around.

Kirsten Kosloski has done a brilliant job piecing what could have not been an easy task of condensing a music scene in Thunder Bay of many bands or artists who have come through the doors of Crock’s to play for either 15 people or 300 people over the last 30 years.

Think about it for a second. 30 years at any kind of job is a long time. When you listen to Frank tell the tale of Crocks and at how times were financially hard (Frank’s family gives some candid comments) you get a sense that for Frank, promoting shows in Thunder Bay was not a job but a passion.

If you live here in Tbay you will know what I mean (myself I have lived here all of my 52 years) as when it came to going to see your favorite bands depending on the level they were at you would have to travel west to Winnipeg( a nine-hour drive) or east to Toronto( a fifteen-hour drive) or south into the U.S to Duluth(a three-hour drive) or onto Minneapolis(a six-hour drive).

In other words, you had to go to places. The bands that were not on that level would always make a stop in Thunder Bay. 

Frank not only paid these acts but he also fed them( the term ‘starving musician’ does not apply here as Frank’s mom provided meals) and housed groups in a ‘Band House” during there stay in town.

Lots of artists who passed through town over the years are interviewed like Art Bergman, Bob Wiseman, local folk’s as well and two of my favorites that spoke are Dave Bidini and Jeff Heisholt. Heisholt especially as growing up in Thunder Bay, Jeff played on Crock’s stage many times and eventually relocated to Toronto and is the keyboardist in The Trews.

Some bands that played Crocks went huge. The Tragically Hip is one of those acts that I was fortunate to catch at Crocks back in 1987 (to a crowd of 20 people) and within a few years were headlining arenas in Canada.

The film itself speeds along with a lot of great back and white pictures from the past and some great editing along the way.

I could go on about some great stories about artists and bands that have graced that stage here in Thunder Bay but I don’t want to ruin the fun. You all need to click the link below and set aside 90 minutes and check this documentary out! You have until September 20th as it’s free online. (with many other docs to watch)

Virtual Festival 2020

You have to thank Frank and what he’s done for the music scene here in town as if it wasn’t for him many of us would have missed out on a ton of acts.  Cheers also once again to Kirsten who did a marvelous job with this film

I’ve never been one to score reviews but Five Bucks At The Door would get an 11 out of 10!


33 thoughts on “5 Bucks at the Door- The Story of Crocks N Rolls”

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words about my film. I’m so grateful to have been able to archive this history for Frank Loffredo and his family. I can’t tell you what your review means to me and our film. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the film. Thanks for supporting our film! So many wonderful bands and memories were in those cigarette-stained walls and torn red booths! It really was such a special place. Take care!

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    1. My pleasure. As I told Frank earlier I didn’t want to tell any stories in the review as people need to see the film not read em in print.
      Continued Success Kirsten and thanks for the kind words.


  2. Awesome Deke. After my hometown of KW (Kitchener/Waterloo) has lost almost all music venues (there really is only 1 left with a population of over 300,000 people) I applaud any mention of a music venue anywhere. Thanks for promoting the film and thanks to Kirsten for making it. I will be watching it. Thanks for the link.

    A note to Kirsten. If you do make this into a dvd/blu ray I will buy a copy. Let us know.

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    1. I will definitely let you know when copies will be made available as well as a digital download. I’ll make sure to post on social media and the website (crocksdoc.com) when the film is a available for sale 😊 Thank you so much for your support for the film — it really just means a lot! I hope you enjoy “Five Bucks.” ❤️

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  3. Excellent! I’m really interested in this and hopefully I can give it a watch via that link over the next week (unless it’s got restrictions on views from certain locations).

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  4. Loved this documentary! The coolest 90 minutes I’ve spent watching my TV in a Long long time. Just watched it last night and it brought back so many great memories. Deke, great review as always. If Frank doesn’t let 5 under talented nobody’s play one night in 1994 I would never gotten into playing music as much as I did, never played in other bands and probably never met my wife, so I can relate to the importance that Crocks was to the youth of Thunder Bay and also the impact it had on Canadian music. Awesome!!

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    1. Lol glad you guys watched it!
      Frank said the pics they got from one photographer was basically hard punk shows etc.
      I was never at those as I was tucked into my bed at night listening to songs like “Let’s Put The X In Sex” 😆

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