Although Muir's musical activities were on an amateur level, they were strongly emphasized along with athletics and patriotism during his teaching career. He wrote words and music for several patriotic songs including the famous 'The Maple Leaf For Ever' (1867). Others are 'Canada, Land of the Maple Tree' and 'The Old Union Jack' (both published by Suckling 1890), 'Canada Forever' (Whaley Royce 1894), and 'Young Canada Was Here' (Whaley Royce 1900). Some of his poetry was published in Newmarket and Toronto newspapers.
A park, built in his honour in Toronto in 1933, was re-dedicated to Muir in 1952 when its location was changed.
Author Ruth Pincoe
Robertson, John Ross. 'Alexander Muir's life,' Landmarks of Toronto, series 6 (Toronto 1914)
Caswell, Edward S. ed. Canadian Singers and Their Songs (Toronto 1925)
Links to Other Sites
Maple Leaf Forever
Listen to recordings of the "Maple Leaf Forever" and other patriotic songs at this Virtual Gramophone website. Also, search the site for other recordings of this song.