The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms. Sneezy was nominated for an award in 2012.


In this video, Sneezy talks about the nomination, his career, and the state of folk music in Canada.

The comeback continues for veteran Ottawa troubadour Sneezy Waters, who released his first album in 15 years in 2012. The self-titled disc is a heartfelt collection of his favourite songs, including tracks by Tom Waits, Willie P. Bennett, Duke Ellington and Mary McCaslin. It earned Waters a shot at the Canadian Folk Music Award for traditional singer of the year.


The Ottawa Citizen

January 23, 2013

by Lynn Saxberg




SNEEZY WATERS returns with a brand new CD


Legendary Ottawa-based artist Sneezy Waters grew up in a musical family. As a child Sneezy sang in St. Luke's Church choir, and then later performed folk music in coffee houses, primarily Le Hibou in Ottawa. He performed solo, and in various groups including Nev and Pete, The Children, and
A Rosewood Daydream. Sneezy first played at the NAC on the terrace in June 1969 with the band A Rosewood Daydream.  Later Sneezy became Ottawa's first busker, after which he formed The Great Sneezy Waters and His Excellent Band.  The band toured for many years across Canada, in all provinces and territories and they were featured on many network radio and television programs.


From 1977 until 1990, under the direction of Peter Froelich, Sneezy starred in the play "Hank Williams; The Show He Never Gave" which garnered excellent reviews. In a subsequent film version of the play, Sneezy won the Best Actor award in the 3e Festival International du Film Musical in Grenoble, France.
The film was nominated for the Best Country Motion Picture in the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles, losing out only to Tender Mercies.


Sneezy’s 4th CD entitled "SNEEZY WATERS" is now available.


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SNEEZY on stage at the NAC's Fourth Stage



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