In 1965 I lived in (then called) Clarkson ON. A great nursery there had a perfect 10 foot tree on display which they called an Albertus Spruce. I cannot find that so-called name anywhere. Did they misname it?
The tree you are referring to is probably a Picea glauca ‘Conica’, commonly known as a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. The following link will give you some information on this type of tree.