|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Christian rock, contemporary Christian music|
Hokus Pick (or Hokus Pick Manoeuvre [sic]) was a Christian pop/rock band that was together from 1988 to 1999. The four members of Hokus Pick met in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hokus Pick was well known for their quirky sense of humor, using sarcasm, satire, and general silliness to convey a deeper message.
Hokus Pick toured extensively in Canada and the United States. The band opened for Steve Taylor's Squinternational tour in 1994 and played in Costa Rica in May 1998. The group released their final album in 1999, opting to spend more time with their families after more than a decade of recording and touring together. They have remained active in music ministry and the industry.
The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music cites their song "I'm So Happy" as possibly the Greatest CCM song of all time. The song is a satire of simplistic lyrics often heard on Christian radio. It received heavy rotation on Christian stations.
In October 2007 Hokus Pick received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Gospel Music Association at the 29th Annual Covenant Awards in Calgary, Alberta. Hokus Pick then performed live and hosted the 30th Annual Covenant Awards on October 24, 2008.
Rumours abounded that Hokus Pick was planning a comeback into music, after having been spotted in a secluded warehouse jamming together. Filmmaking company Transposition Films, composed of legendary members itself, avoided questions regarding their involvement in filming a documentary about the process.
- Russ Smith (lead vocals, guitar)
- Matt Pierrot (guitar, vocals)
- Dave Strilchuk (bass guitar, vocals)
- Rick Colhoun (drums, vocals)
- Hokus Pick Manouver (independent) (1988)
- Hey Man! (independent) (1989)
- Pick It Up (1992, review)
- The Independents (1993)
- Brothers From Different Mothers (1994, review)
- Brothers From Different Mothers (video) (1994)
- Bookaboom (1995)
- The B-Sides (1996)
- Snappy (1997, reviews)
- Greatest Picks (1998)
- Super Duper (1999, reviews)
Songs in other projects
- "We Are the People" on Believe It, Various Artists (Revival, 1999)
- GMA Canada presents 30th Anniversary Collection, "I'm So Happy" (CMC, 2008)
- Hokus Pick interview (1998) at Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 417–418. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- Hokus Pick's MySpace. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- GMAC Lifetime Achievement Award 2007: Hokus Pick. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- GMAC 2008 Covenant Award Performers (Awards held October 24, 2008).
- Hokus Pick's Comeback (Video uploaded November 7, 2008).
- George, David (1993-08-01). "(Review) Pick It Up". Cross Rhythms (16). Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Rimmer, Mike (1 April 1998). "(Review) Brothers From Different Mothers". Cross Rhythms (44). Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Stewart, James Yusef (1998). "(Review) Snappy". The Lighthouse. Archived from the original on 2000-07-08. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Rimmer, Mike (1 April 1998). "(Review) Snappy". Cross Rhythms (UK) (44). Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Cliff, Bill (1999-10-21). "(Review) Super Duper". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- DiBiase, John (2000-03-14). "(Review) Super Duper". The Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Singleton, Keith (1 August 2000). "(Review) Super Duper". Cross Rhythms (58). Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- "Hokus Pick". 7ball (04). January–February 1996.