Sneezy Waters has been playing sold out shows for many years at the NAC's Fourth Stage.
He plays with "The Very Fine Band" consisting of Dave Bignell and Vince Halfide - guitars;
Ed Bimm - keyboards; Ann Downey - upright bass; and Peter Beaudoin - drums.
Sneezy's latest CD entitled "SNEEZY WATERS LIVE" is available at sneezywaters.com and at Compact Music. (It was recorded live at the Fourth Stage).
Legendary Ottawa- based folksinger Sneezy Waters grew up in a musical family; his mother Helen, played piano and sang, and his father John had sung in the Hart House Glee Club. Along with brother John and sister Julie, weekends were spent singing many styles of folk songs together.
As a boy, Sneezy sang in St. Luke's Church choir under choirmaster Leonard Foss.
Later in his teens, Sneezy started performing folk music in coffee houses, primarily Cafe Le Hibou (Ottawa). While he performed solo, he also performed in various groups including "Nev & Pete" (with Neville Wells) and "The Children" (with Chris Anderson, Sandy Crawley, Bruce Cockburn, and Neville Wells).
Sneezy, along with Susan Jains, first played the NAC Terrace in June, 1969 as "A Rosewood Daydream". They also played at EXPO 70 in Osaka and spent another year playing residencies in Hong Kong, Bankok, Laos, All India Radio, and Copenhagen.
Upon his return to Canada, he became Ottawa's very first busker, after which he formed
"The Great Sneezy Waters and His Excellent Band". They toured for many years across Canada, in all Provinces and Territories, and were featured on many national radio and TV shows.|
From 1977 until 1992, under the direction of Peter Froelich, Sneezy starred in the title role of Maynard Collins' "Hank Williams - The Show He Never Gave". He played in over 800 performances in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In the subsequent film version of the play, Sneezy won the Best Actor Award in the 3e Festival du Film Musical in Grenoble, France. The film was nominated for Best Country Motion Picture in the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles, coming in second to "Tender Mercies".
Since 1976 Sneezy has been a member of IATSE Local 471 and in 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievment Award from CFM Local 180.