The band were signed to Warner Music Canada in 1999. Later that year, the band signed with manager Larry Wanagas, founder of Bumstead Records, who had managed acts such as Big Sugar, k.d. lang, Susan Aglukark, and the Trews .
On February 27, 2001, Staggered Crossing was released their self-titled full-length debut album in Canada. The debut single, "Further Again," reached #7 on the Canadian rock charts and ended the year as the sixth most-played song on rock radio in Canada. "A Million Works of Art" and "Old Man" were also released as singles. The debut album went on to sell 15,000 copies in Canada.
The band continued to tour and perform across Canada with groups such as Big Sugar, Blue Rodeo, Nickelback, the Guess Who, Midnight Oil, 54-40, Wide Mouth Mason, Crowbar, and Spirit of the West.
Other highlights included an appearance on Open Mike with Mike Bullard and the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, which named their self-titled album the "Best Contemporary Music Recording of the Year" in 2001.
Bruce Adamson left the group to further his career in publishing and law in December 2001. In an attempt to return to the sound of their early years, the band parted with producer and band member, Darrell O'Dea. The band also parted ways over creative differences later that year with Warner Music Canada.
In 2002, Staggered Crossing was one of hundreds of acts affected by the bankruptcy of Song Corp., which had merged with TMP. Many artists were left with their royalties in limbo. Staggered Crossing, along with Bumstead Management and lawyer Peter Steinmetz, went all the way to the Supreme Court to argue that the rights to an artist’s unpublished songs—including demo recordings—should revert back to the composers; they won the case, which resulted in an amendment to Canadian bankruptcy law. This was a major win for all Canadian artists. Taylor then formed his own publishing company and record label, Bent Penny.
Former guitarist David Marshall started playing with the band again. StagX’s next album, Last Summer When We Were Famous, was released in August 2002. The album was produced by Jay Bennett of Wilco.
In 2004, they released the album Burgundy & Blue. "Perfect Prize" was released as a single and peaked at #17 on Canada's Rock chart. It also became the highest charting indie rock release of 2005.
The band officially announced their breakup on August 29, 2007; a final gig was held at the Horseshoe on November 2. In a press release the band assured fans and the media that their parting was amiable, stating:
... While it would certainly be more fun to announce a breakup because of 'creative differences' or because of some monumental and catastrophic fight between bandmates, neither is the case. We simply cannot continue to commit the time, energy and enthusiasm to this band that we love so much. We are still great friends and this change is not the end of our musical collaborations.
Despite the official breakup, StagX continued to play together on an informal basis. Notably, the band reunited for a concert at the Horseshoe on July 9, 2009, to pay tribute to the music of former producer Jay Bennett, who died at age 45 from painkillers [OK to mention this?]. In conjunction with the concert, a tribute single entitled “Pull You Through” and written by Bennett's former band Titanic Love Affair was released to Canadian radio.
Guitarist Bruce Adamson passed away December 15, 2015 in Toronto. [of what? Was it heart complications? How old was he?]
Drummer Jeremy Elliott and singer/guitarist Julian Taylor now perform and record as part of the Julian Taylor Band, and have released three albums: Tech Noir in 2014, the double album Desert Star on Aporia Records in 2016, and Avalanche on Gypsy Soul Records in 2019.
Julian Taylor, vocals and guitar
Dan Black, bass guitar
Jeremy Elliott, drums
David E.G. Marshall, guitar (1995-97; 2001-07)
Bruce Adamson, lead guitar (1997-2001) (Died 2015)
Darrell O'Dea, keyboards, guitars and vocals (1997-2001)
4-Song EP (2000)
Staggered Crossing (2001)
Last Summer When We Were Famous (2002)
Burgundy & Blue (2004)
"Further Again" (2001) - Top 10
"Million Works of Art" (2001) - Top 40
"Old Man" (2001)
"Business as Usual" (2003) - Top 100
"Everyone Says" (2003)
"Perfect Prize" (2005) - Top 20
"Don't Get Me Started" (2005) - Top 100
"Pull You Through" (2009)