Hokus Pick

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Hokus Pick
Also known as Hokus Pick Manouver
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Christian rock, contemporary Christian music
Years active 1988–1999
Labels Word Canada, Via, Freedom
Past members
  • Matt Pierrot
  • Rick Colhoun
  • Russ Smith
  • David Strilchuk

Hokus Pick (or Hokus Pick Manouver) was a Christian rock band that was together from 1988 to 1999. The four members of Hokus Pick met in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] Hokus Pick was well known for their quirky sense of humour, using sarcasm, satire, and general silliness to convey a deeper message.[2]

Hokus Pick toured extensively in Canada and the United States. The band opened for Steve Taylor's Squinternational tour in 1994[2] 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.[3]

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music cites their song "I'm So Happy" as possibly the worst CCM song of all time.[2] The song is a satire of simplistic lyrics often heard on Christian radio.[2] Ironically, it received heavy rotation on Christian stations.[2]

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.[4] Hokus Pick then performed live and hosted the 30th Annual Covenant Awards on October 24, 2008.[5]

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.[6]


  • 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[7])
  • The Independents (1993)
  • Brothers from Different Mothers (1994, review[8])
  • Brothers From Different Mothers (video) (1994)
  • Bookaboom (1995)
  • The B-Sides (1996)
  • Snappy (1997, reviews[9][10])
  • Greatest Picks (1998)
  • Super Duper (1999, reviews[11][12][13])

Songs in other projects[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Hokus Pick". 7ball (04). January–February 1996. 


  1. ^ Hokus Pick interview (1998) at Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 417–418. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ Hokus Pick's MySpace. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  4. ^ GMAC Lifetime Achievement Award 2007: Hokus Pick. Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  5. ^ GMAC 2008 Covenant Award Performers Archived October 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (Awards held October 24, 2008).
  6. ^ Hokus Pick's Comeback (Video uploaded November 7, 2008).
  7. ^ George, David (August 1, 1993). "(Review) Pick It Up". Cross Rhythms (16). Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ Rimmer, Mike (April 1, 1998). "(Review) Brothers From Different Mothers". Cross Rhythms (44). Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  9. ^ Stewart, James Yusef (1998). "(Review) Snappy". The Lighthouse. Archived from the original on July 8, 2000. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  10. ^ Rimmer, Mike (April 1, 1998). "(Review) Snappy". Cross Rhythms (UK) (44). Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ Cliff, Bill (October 21, 1999). "(Review) Super Duper". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  12. ^ DiBiase, John (March 14, 2000). "(Review) Super Duper". The Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  13. ^ Singleton, Keith (August 1, 2000). "(Review) Super Duper". Cross Rhythms (58). Retrieved October 12, 2008. 

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