In 2001, Colepaugh released the album Trip, but while it was credited to him and the Cosmic Crew, he played all the instruments on it himself; for touring, Daigle returned on bass, and Remi Bourque replaced Macintyre in the drumming rotation. That same year, they were finalists on the CBC-TV music competition series The Great Canadian Music Dream, and they continued touring aggressively through Canada and the Eastern United States. The next CC&CC album, 2003's In Time, was also recorded with Colepaugh tackling all instruments, and in 2004 the guitarist left Canada for San Francisco, where he spent several months playing West Coast solo dates and writing new material. Plans for recording the next Cosmic Crew album were scuttled when a health emergency forced Colepaugh to have surgery to remove his gall bladder and he struggled through a long recovery process.
It wasn't until 2006 that Colepaugh was able to complete his next release, In Your Backyard, which he recorded and produced in his own studio, as well as playing all the instruments; the album earned particularly enthusiastic reviews, and boosted Colepaugh's reputation in his native Canada. That same year, Colepaugh also sat in on the sessions for the LP A Cup of Cold Poison by Grady
, featuring Gordie Johnson, a friend of Colepaugh who previously led the group Big Sugar
. Colepaugh also began working with drummer Shawn Sasyniuk, who along with Danny Bourgeois became one of the Crew's two official drummers. In 2009, Colepaugh, Daigle, and Bourgeois showed off their chops as a stage act on their first live album, Burning. In 2009 Colepaugh was also tapped to play guitar with Roch Voisine
, an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, and radio host, accompanying Voisine
on the road in Canada and Europe. Just a year later, Colepaugh emerged from his studio with another album, Missed a Page, which was named Album of the Year at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards. While Colepaugh and his band (who shortened their name from the Cosmic Crew to simply the Crew) stayed busy on the road, he also kept up an active schedule with Voisine
and gigged with his side project Juggler's Whole, but Chris Colepaugh & the Crew announced a new album for release in 2016, with the tentative title Stateless. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi