For an exhibit meant to celebrate Corey Hart’s life in music, it may seem as if there is an unusual number of artifacts at the National Music Centre that actually pre-date his career.Hart and his wife, Julie Masse, spent a good deal of time going through old boxes for Milestones: Corey Hart. There are items that have become typical fare for NMC exhibits, temporary displays that correspond with an artist being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.Hart’s includes Juno awards, fan letters and the handwritten lyrics to Never Surrender, one of his biggest hits and the name of Hart’s current tour that hits Calgary’s Saddledome on June 20. More specific to the singer, there are those iconic Wayfarer shades he wore for the pouty 1984 video for Sunglasses at Night that helped launch him to superstardom.But Hart and Masse also dug a little deeper and went back a little further to find some emotional reminders of his pre-fame formative years.“We were finding things that I hadn’t seen, really, since my teens,” says Hart, in an interview with Postmedia. “There’s my report cards from high school and letters that I had written to my mom. I was very close to my mom and she was very instrumental in fostering my music and encouraging me, teaching me about resilience and things like that. I wrote my mom letters at 11 and 12 that are in the National Music Centre that Julie found and I think will give a great insight into what I was like as a young boy.”On Wednesday, Hart will be at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, for the official plaque ceremony as part of the 2019 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He will place his plaque alongside names representing a who’s who of iconic Canuck talent: Leonard Cohen, Rush, the Tragically Hip, Oscar Peterson.Hart was honoured in March at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., where he gave an emotional performance and teary speech that included reminiscing about meeting his wife Julie, a Quebec singer, during the 1993 Junos ceremony when they co-presented the Group of the Year Juno.It was all part of a career rebirth for Hart, who stepped away from the spotlight in the late 1990s to raise his growing family. At the urging of his four children, now aged 15 to 23, he gave what he said would be a retirement concert in 2014, an epic four-hour affair in his hometown of Montreal. In 2017, he returned to the stage to play his first Calgary concert in 20 years as the headliner of the Calgary Stampede’s Oxford Stomp.In 2018, new friend and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Bob Ezrin convinced him to return to the studio for a new EP. Ezrin, who has produced everyone from Pink Floyd to Lou Reed, was at the helm for Dreaming Time Again, Hart’s first new music since 1998’s Jade. It features songs about his wife, his daughters and his late mother.As for the renewed interest in his music, Hart said he didn’t see it coming. When he walked away from his career in the 1990s, he said he didn’t think he would ever return.“You know, I thought folks had forgotten about what I had accomplished in the ’80s and the ’90s and I wouldn’t blame them for that,” he says. “So it just warms my heart … no pun intended.”Corey Hart plays the Saddledome on June 20. Milestones: Corey Hart will be on display at the National Music Centre until October of 2019.